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


The best and fattest time would come when the hardening plant was no
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The Best And Fattest Time Would Come When The Hardening Plant Was No Longer Fit To Eat And The Flowers Began To Shed Their Seed.

Each flower, in size like a small coffee-cup, would open out in a white mass and shed its

Scores of silvery balls, and these when freed of heavy seed would float aloft in the wind, and the whole air as far as one could see would be filled with millions and myriads of floating balls. The fallen seed was so abundant as to cover the ground under the dead but still standing plants. It is a long, slender seed, about the size of a grain of Carolina rice, of a greenish or bluish-grey colour, spotted with black. The sheep feasted on it, using their mobile and extensible upper lips like a crumb-brush to gather it into their mouths. Horses gathered it in the same way, but the cattle were out of it, either because they could not learn the trick, or because their lips and tongues cannot be used to gather a crumb-like food. Pigs, however, flourished on it, and to birds, domestic and wild, it was even more than to the mammals.

In conclusion of this chapter I will return for a page or two to the subject of the _pampero_, the south-west wind of the Argentine pampas, to describe the greatest of all the great _pampero_ storms I have witnessed. This was when I was in my seventh year.

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