Quotes July 17 2022

Jult 17th to 23rd


‘Lor!’ said the man again. ‘It’s boilin’! It’s boilin’! You don’t boil meat when you stew, my son; an’ as for this’ – up came a grey slab of mutton – there’s no odds between this an’ motor-tyres. Well! Well! As I was sayin’ –‘ He joined his hands behind his globular back and shook his head in silence


This is from “His Gift” in Land and Sea Tales for Scouts and Guides. A friendly local shopkeeper, who happens to be an experiemced chef, is visiting a scout camp tp see what they are cooking. He is not impressed, but he later finds a scout, the least regarded of the troop, who proves to to have a real gift for cooking.

She caused fowls to be slain; she sent for vegetables, and the slow-thinking gardener, nigh as old as she, sweated for it; she took spices, and milk, and onion, with little fish from the brooks  – anon limes for sherbets,fat quails from the bits, the chicken-livers upon a skewer, with sliced ginger betwee


This is from Kim.

The boy is over-burdened  and exhausted, having brought his old Lama down from the hills after their violent clash with Russian spies, in charge of precious documents.

Here the Sahiba is seeking to feed him up so that  he can get back his strength and his balance.

That night , Best Beloved, they ate wild sheep roasted on the hot stones, and flavoured with wild garlic and wild pepper; and wild duck stuffed with wild rice and wild fenugreek and wild coriander; and marrow-bones of wild oxen; and wild cherries, and wild grenadillas.


This is from “The Cat that Walked by Himself

The Man and the Woman are established in a nice dry cave, where the woman is determined to temper the Man’s Wildness.  They will soon make friends with  the Dog and the Horse and the Cow.

It will be harder to come to terms with Catwho Walks by Himself.