Category Archives: Nature

Buying a farm (Cato 1)

The first Roman prose writer of any importance was Cato the Elder (234-149BC). Like many early writers in Latin, little of his work survives, and only one complete book: Agriculture (De Agri Cultura). The book gives advice about how to … Continue reading

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Nature’s Freezer

Quick Quotes 18. The following is taken from Travels in Lower Canada, by Joseph Sansom (1820): Quebec is subjected to frequent rains, by the neighbouring mountains which arrest the clouds in its vicinity; and it has little to boast of … Continue reading

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A Magical Sleigh Ride

Christmas History 27.  The following quote is taken from Sketches of New England, or Memories of the Country (1842) by Nathaniel Shatswell.  He describes taking a sleigh ride to visit a neighbour, some festivities, and then a moonlit sleigh ride that turns … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 1833

Snippets 140.  I am not particularly qualified to write about Thanksgiving, as it is really not a thing in Britain at all, but I did find the following quote in The Western Monthly Magazine, 1833, written by a Mrs Hentz.  … Continue reading

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The Aftermath

Snippets 133.  According to the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal (Volume 2), an earthquake struck Lisbon on 2nd February 1816. The article goes on to list various ships in the region that experienced the shockwave, but other than that details are hard … Continue reading

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Surviving a Snow Storm

Snippets 132.  In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a … Continue reading

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The Super Tornado

Snippets 131.  On 21st August 1883, exactly 134 years ago today, an F5 tornado hit Rochester, Minnesota. F5 is the most severe level of the Fujita scale, described as causing “incredible damage”. Although this is an estimate, as weather observation … Continue reading

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A Chilly Night

Snippets 126. In 1815 George Head, the assistant commissary-general of the commissariat of the 3rd division of the Spanish army, undertook a journey across North America, snappily titled Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America, Being a Diary … Continue reading

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The Wonder of Nature

Quick Quotes 12. The following is taken from George Head’s Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America (1829): I descended the bank and crossed the river, entering a little way into the forest. All was silence and … Continue reading

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Tender Memories

Quick Quotes 6. The following is taken from William Howitt’s A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside (1859): But if the days of June are now warm, and brilliant, and beautiful, ah! how soft and beautiful … Continue reading

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