Excerpt from A Boy in the Country The hill stood roughly square, bounded on two sides by the road afore-mentioned, on one side by the burn on the fourth it was divided from other lands by a high straggling hedge and wide ditch. Foot passengers rarely used the road; they crossed the hill by a long, straight track which, at the top, led through an opening in a broad, low wall, or fence, of stones which had been gathered off the land for more than two hundred years, and which divided the hill into two vast fields. Whins ourished among the great, moss Covered boulders of the foundation on both Sides, and, where earth could be found, in the wide, irregularly heaped masses of smaller stones on top. The traveller, ascending the eastern Slope at sunset, saw before and above him the rugged outline of the fence, and rounded masses of whin, in black shadow with a glowing sky behind, and in the centre, the Opening through which he was to pass, like a golden gate that opened on the heavens. In itself the Big Hill furnished delights and terrors, so many as not to be exhausted by the boy in one whole summer. There were fish in the burn, birds' nests in the grass and hedges, riotous plant life in the ragged fencings, wild strawberries on the banks, hares on the long slopes, and weasels among the stones of the great dividing wall. It was common to call the long, lithe, venomous little beasts weasels - in reality, as naturalists know, they were stoats. Fearsome creatures were these weasels, reputed deadly in attack even at two yards' distance, through their power of spitting. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."