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Identifier: scotland00grie Title: Scotland Year: 1907 (1900s) Authors: Grierson, Elizabeth Wilson Subjects: Scotland -- Description and travel Publisher: London : A. and C. Black Contributing Library: New York Public Library Digitizing Sponsor: MSN View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: mpanied by six or eight shepherds ; and whenhe asked these men where they came from, he found thatthey had come with their flocks from the Highlands,and that they were driving them over the Border anddown into England, and that they expected to be amonth, or five weeks, on the road. These Highland shepherds were hardy men, forRobbie remembers how they each carried a bag ofoatmeal, and how, when night fell, if they were nearno cottage, they simply made themselves crowdy,by mixing a handful of oatmeal with a little cold water,and when they had eaten that, they wrapped themselvesin their plaids and lay down to pass the night on thehill-side beside their sheep. But although shepherds nowadays have not to takejourneys like that, they have a hard and anxious life,and have to brave all kinds of weather in the fulfilmentof their duty. When a very bad snowstorm comes on, and every oneelse is glad to stay indoors, Robbie and his friends haveto face the driving snow in order to see that their 80 Text Appearing After Image: * SCOTTISH Ott* FOHEST PAGE 83 Shepherds and their Dogs flocks are in a place of safety, and next morning, whenthe wind has gone down and the snow is no longerfulling, they must be early astir in order to see if anysheep have been buried in the snowdrifts, and to carryfood to the whole flock if the snow is too deep toallow them to get at the grass. When spring comes the lambs arrive, and then theshepherds are busy all day and half the night as well.For they get up very early, often before it is light, andgo out with lanterns to see that all the little lambs arecomfortable, and that none of them are perishing forwant of food or shelter. And they go up and downamong them the live-long day, carrying flasks of hotmilk in order to give the weaklings an extra drink, orbring orphans up by hand. But they try not to have many orphans. There aremothers whose lambs have died, and there are lambswhose mothers have died, and Robbie tries to makethe lambless mothers adopt the motherless lambs.This Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.


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