Far Away And Long Ago A History Of My Early Life By W. H. Hudson


Canes, too, in a large patch or brake as we called it, grew at
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Canes, Too, In A Large Patch Or "Brake" As We Called It, Grew At Another Spot; A Graceful Plant About Twenty-Five Feet High, In Appearance Unlike The Bamboo, As The Long Pointed Leaves Were Of A Glaucous Blue-Green Colour.

The canes were valuable to us as they served as fishing-rods when we were old enough for that sport, and were also used as lances when we rode forth to engage in mimic battles on the plain.

But they also had an economic value, as they were used by the natives when making their thatched roofs as a substitute for the bamboo cane, which cost much more as it had to be imported from other countries. Accordingly at the end of the summer, after the cane had flowered, they were all cut down, stripped of their leaves, and taken away in bundles, and we were then deprived till the following season of the pleasure of hunting for the tallest and straightest canes to cut them down and strip off leaves and bark to make beautiful green polished rods for our sports.

There were other open spaces covered with a vegetation almost as interesting as the canes and the trees: this was where what were called "weeds" were allowed to flourish. Here were the thorn-apple, chenopodium, sow-thistle, wild mustard, redweed, viper's bugloss, and others, both native and introduced, in dense thickets five or six feet high. It was difficult to push one's way through these thickets, and one was always in dread of treading on a snake.

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