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7 On the way
  On the way
  With Bill, Mrs Mannering, Effans and Mrs Evans waving and calling goodbye, the party set off ontheir donkeys. They had to go up by Trefor the shepherd’s little cabin, and the donkeys pickedtheir way steadily1 up the steep hillside.
  Snowy ran beside them, bobbing about under the donkeys’ bodies as he pleased. They seemedto like him, and Dapple kept putting his head down to the kid whenever he came near. Kiki wasperched as usual on Jack2’s shoulder, jogging up and down contentedly3, snapping her beak4, andmaking a few quiet remarks into Jack’s ear.
  They came to Trefor’s cabin. He was on the hillside, seeing to a sick sheep. He came to meetthem, his untidy hair blowing in the wind, and his eyes shining as blue as forget-me-nots.
  There was a conversation between the two men in Welsh. David sounded rather complaining.
  Trefor seemed to be pooh-poohing what he said. David got out a map that Bill had given him, andappeared to be saying that he didn’t understand it at all.
  Trefor then spoke5 earnestly, pointing in this direction and that, poking6 David with his fingerevery time he wanted to make a point go home. The children thought he must be telling David theexact way to go.
  ‘I hope David really does know the way,’ said Jack. ‘He might have thought Bill would helphim with the map if Bill had been going. It looks to me as if he’s telling Trefor he’s not too certainof the way.’
  ‘Well, what does it matter?’ said Philip, pushing Snowy off with his hand as the kid tried tojump up on to his donkey with him. ‘I’d like to see the Vale of Butterflies – but so long as we gooff camping in those gorgeous mountains, that’s all that matters.’
  ‘Yes. We shall see heaps of birds and animals anyway,’ said Jack, feeling that Philip was right.
  ‘Come on, David! Let’s go!’
  David leapt on to his donkey at once. He called goodbye to Trefor, and the little company set offonce more, taking a narrow path along the mountain-side that went neither very far up, nor veryfar down.
  It was glorious riding there, so high, looking down on the valley far below. It was partly in thesun and partly in the shadow, for the sun was not yet high. Swallows flew round them catchingflies, their steel-blue wings gleaming in the sun. Kiki watched them out of her sharp eyes. She hadoften tried fly-catching herself, but she knew she was no good at it. Anyway, flies didn’t taste asgood as fruit!
  They ambled7 on until everyone felt hungry and thirsty. They came to a copse of birch-trees witha small stream near by.
  ‘Let’s picnic here,’ said Philip, sliding off his donkey. ‘In the shade of those trees. I’mabsolutely cooked with the sun.’
  David saw to the donkeys, taking them to the stream for water. He then let them wander free,for they came most obediently at his call, and could be trusted not to go too far away. They wentto the shade of the trees and stood there, swishing their long grey tails, enjoying the rest.
  Snowy ran to them, and behaved like a spoilt child, letting the donkeys fuss him and stare athim. Dapple put down his big head to the little kid, and nuzzled him in the neck. When Snowy ranto the next donkey Dapple followed him.
  ‘Dapple wants to be friends with Snowy,’ said Dinah, unpacking8 the lunch parcel from one ofthe enormous panniers. ‘Here, Lucy-Ann – take this tin and fill it with water from the stream. Itmust be absolutely pure, I should think. We can put some of this lemonade essence with it. I’m sodreadfully thirsty!’
  David was drinking at the stream, so the children felt that it must be all right. It gurgled along,fresh and clear, running through the pebbles9 and down the hillside at top speed. Lucy-Ann went tofill the tin.
  There was a lovely lunch. The children had to call David to share it because he suddenlyseemed shy. He came and sat down a little way away from them.
  ‘No, David. Come here with us,’ called Jack, patting the ground. ‘We want to learn Welsh!
  Come and talk to us!’
  But the old Welshman was very shy, and it was as much as the children could do to persuadehim to eat his share of the lunch. It was such a good lunch too!
  There were five different kinds of sandwiches, fresh lettuce10 wrapped in a damp cloth, hard-boiled eggs to nibble11, and great slices of jam tart12. Washed down with cold lemonade it was thefinest lunch anyone could wish.
  ‘Nobody in the whole world, not even the very richest king, can possibly have a nicer lunchthan this,’ said Lucy-Ann, munching13 a chicken sandwich.
  ‘Or a nicer place to eat it in,’ said Philip, waving his sandwich at the magnificent view beforethem. ‘Look at that! No king could have a better view from his palace than that! Valleys andmountains, and yet more mountains, and then the clear blue sky! Marvellous!’
  They all gazed at the unbelievable view that lay in front of them. A rustle14 of paper made themlook round.
  ‘Snowy! You greedy little kid! Look here, he’s eaten the rest of the chicken sandwiches!’ criedJack indignantly, forgetting all about the lovely view. ‘Philip, smack15 him. We can’t let him do thator our food won’t last out. He can jolly well eat the grass.’
  Philip gave Snowy a smart tap on the nose. The kid retreated in a huff, taking with him amouthful of sandwich papers, which he proceeded to eat with apparent enjoyment16. But soon hewas back with Philip, pressing against him affectionately, anxious to be back in his good books.
  Dapple the donkey moved over to Philip too, to be near the kid. He lay down beside him, andPhilip at once leaned back against him.
  ‘Thanks, old man! Very nice! Just what I wanted!’ said Philip, and everyone laughed as hesettled himself against the donkey’s side.
  ‘Have another sandwich, David?’ asked Lucy-Ann, holding out a packet to him. David had noteaten nearly as much as they had, either through shyness or because he hadn’t such an enormousappetite. He shook his head.
  ‘Let’s have a bit of rest now,’ said Philip sleepily. ‘There’s no hurry. We can take all the timewe like to get anywhere.’
  Jack began to ask David the names of things in Welsh. It was silly not to be able to talk toDavid. David apparently17 understood more English than he spoke, but even the few English wordshe said were pronounced so differently that the children found it hard to puzzle out what he wassaying.
  ‘Come on, David, talk,’ said Jack, who did not feel as sleepy as the others. ‘What’s this inWelsh?’ He held out his hand.
  David began to realize that Jack wanted a lesson in Welsh, and he brightened up a little. He wasa trifle embarrassed by Kiki, who insisted on repeating all the words he said too, and added a fewnonsense words of her own for good measure.
  The girls and Philip fell asleep in the shade, Lucy-Ann sharing Philip’s donkey to lean against.
  Dinah would have liked to do the same but she was afraid that Sally the slow-worm might comeout of Philip’s pocket if she did, and nothing would make Dinah go near the silvery creature!
  Jack patiently tried to learn a few Welsh words, and then got tired of it. He threw a few pebblesdown the mountain-side, and gazed round at the many summits towering up in the distance. Therewas one odd one, shaped like three teeth, that amused him. He decided18 to look it up on the map.
  The map, however, was rather disappointing. It showed very few names in the district wherethey were, probably because it had been very little visited, and there were no farmhouses19 or otherbuildings to put on record. Jack found a name that seemed to him to fit the mountain. ‘FangMountain,’ he read. ‘That might be it. Gosh, what a lot of mountains there are about here! I betnobody has ever explored them all. I’d like to fly over them in an aeroplane and look down onthem. We haven’t seen a plane since we’ve been here. Off the route, I suppose.’
  David had gone to round up the donkeys. Jack woke up the others. ‘Come on, lazy things! We’dbetter get on, or David will think we mean to camp here for the night. There’s a heavenly wind gotup now. It will be gorgeous riding this afternoon.’
  Soon they were all on their donkeys again, jogging along round the mountain-side, enjoying thewind and the sun, gazing on the different vistas20 that opened up before them round every bend ofthe track. New mountains reared up far-away heads, new skylines appeared. For long stretches thechildren said nothing at all to one another, but simply drank in the beauty around them, and thesun and wind.
  They travelled until six o’clock, having decided to keep to the high tea that Mrs Evans had atthe farm. Jack spoke to David when six o’clock came.
  ‘David! We stop at half-past six. Do you know a good place to camp for the night near here?’
  David did not understand and Jack repeated it more slowly. David smiled and nodded.
  ‘Iss! Iss!’ This meant ‘yes’, and Jack looked as David pointed21 to a wooded spot some wayahead. David said something else in Welsh, and Jack caught a few words here and there which heunderstood. One was ‘water’, the other was ‘trees’.
  ‘David says there’s a good place to camp in a little way off!’ Jack shouted back to the others.
  ‘There’s water there, and trees.’
  ‘Gosh! However do you understand him?’ said Philip in admiration22. ‘Jolly clever of you, Jack!’
  Jack grinned all over his freckled23 face. ‘Oh, I just caught the words “water” and “trees”, that’sall! Come on, let’s get there in time to watch the sun sink over the mountains. I’d like to have asunset with my sandwiches!’
  Philip laughed. They all ambled on towards the spot pointed out by David. It was a little furtherthan they thought, but when they got there they all agreed it was just the right place to camp forthe night.
  A spring gushed24 out beside the small wooded patch, as cold as ice. The trees sheltered thecampers from the night-wind, which could be very chilly25 at times. The donkeys were to be tied totrees so that they would not wander in the night. Everything was perfect!
  The children were tired but happy. They slid off their donkeys’ backs, and the little beasts, tirednow too, were taken to the spring to drink. They stood patiently waiting their turn, whilst Snowyskipped about like a mad thing, not in the least tired with his long trip.
  ‘We’ll put up the tents after we’ve had a meal and a rest,’ said Philip. ‘Get out the food, Lucy-Ann and Dinah. There’s a nice flat stone here we can use as a table.’
  Soon the supper, or high tea, was spread out on the big flat stone, and mugs of lemonade wereset by each plate. The children drained them at once, and Jack was sent to get more ice-cold waterfrom the spring.
  They all ate quickly, for they were very hungry again. They said very little until the first edge oftheir appetite had worn off, then they all talked with their mouths full, eager to make the othersremember the lovely day.
  David ate too and listened. The donkeys pulled at the grass. Snowy was with Dapple, and Kikiwas eating a tomato and dripping the juice down Jacks26 neck. They all felt as if they couldn’tpossibly be happier.
  ‘Now we’ll put up the tents,’ said Jack at last. ‘Come on, Philip! It’ll be dark before we’ve putthem up if we don’t make haste!’


1 steadily Qukw6     
  • The scope of man's use of natural resources will steadily grow.人类利用自然资源的广度将日益扩大。
  • Our educational reform was steadily led onto the correct path.我们的教学改革慢慢上轨道了。
2 jack 53Hxp     
  • I am looking for the headphone jack.我正在找寻头戴式耳机插孔。
  • He lifted the car with a jack to change the flat tyre.他用千斤顶把车顶起来换下瘪轮胎。
3 contentedly a0af12176ca79b27d4028fdbaf1b5f64     
  • My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe.父亲坐着心满意足地抽着烟斗。
  • "This is brother John's writing,"said Sally,contentedly,as she opened the letter.
4 beak 8y1zGA     
  • The bird had a worm in its beak.鸟儿嘴里叼着一条虫。
  • This bird employs its beak as a weapon.这种鸟用嘴作武器。
5 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
6 poking poking     
n. 刺,戳,袋 vt. 拨开,刺,戳 vi. 戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行动散慢
  • He was poking at the rubbish with his stick. 他正用手杖拨动垃圾。
  • He spent his weekends poking around dusty old bookshops. 他周末都泡在布满尘埃的旧书店里。
7 ambled 7a3e35ee6318b68bdb71eeb2b10b8a94     
v.(马)缓行( amble的过去式和过去分词 );从容地走,漫步
  • We ambled down to the beach. 我们漫步向海滩走去。
  • The old man ambled home through the garden every evening. 那位老人每天晚上经过花园漫步回家。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 unpacking 4cd1f3e1b7db9c6a932889b5839cdd25     
n.取出货物,拆包[箱]v.从(包裹等)中取出(所装的东西),打开行李取出( unpack的现在分词 );拆包;解除…的负担;吐露(心事等)
  • Joe sat on the bed while Martin was unpacking. 马丁打开箱子取东西的时候,乔坐在床上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • They are unpacking a trunk. 他们正在打开衣箱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 pebbles e4aa8eab2296e27a327354cbb0b2c5d2     
[复数]鹅卵石; 沙砾; 卵石,小圆石( pebble的名词复数 )
  • The pebbles of the drive crunched under his feet. 汽车道上的小石子在他脚底下喀嚓作响。
  • Line the pots with pebbles to ensure good drainage. 在罐子里铺一层鹅卵石,以确保排水良好。
10 lettuce C9GzQ     
  • Get some lettuce and tomatoes so I can make a salad.买些莴苣和西红柿,我好做色拉。
  • The lettuce is crisp and cold.莴苣松脆爽口。
11 nibble DRZzG     
  • Inflation began to nibble away at their savings.通货膨胀开始蚕食他们的存款。
  • The birds cling to the wall and nibble at the brickwork.鸟儿们紧贴在墙上,啄着砖缝。
12 tart 0qIwH     
  • She was learning how to make a fruit tart in class.她正在课上学习如何制作水果馅饼。
  • She replied in her usual tart and offhand way.她开口回答了,用她平常那种尖酸刻薄的声调随口说道。
13 munching 3bbbb661207569e6c6cb6a1390d74d06     
v.用力咀嚼(某物),大嚼( munch的现在分词 )
  • He was munching an apple. 他在津津有味地嚼着苹果。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Munching the apple as he was, he had an eye for all her movements. 他虽然啃着苹果,但却很留神地监视着她的每一个动作。 来自辞典例句
14 rustle thPyl     
  • She heard a rustle in the bushes.她听到灌木丛中一阵沙沙声。
  • He heard a rustle of leaves in the breeze.他听到树叶在微风中发出的沙沙声。
15 smack XEqzV     
  • She gave him a smack on the face.她打了他一个嘴巴。
  • I gave the fly a smack with the magazine.我用杂志拍了一下苍蝇。
16 enjoyment opaxV     
  • Your company adds to the enjoyment of our visit. 有您的陪同,我们这次访问更加愉快了。
  • After each joke the old man cackled his enjoyment.每逢讲完一个笑话,这老人就呵呵笑着表示他的高兴。
17 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
18 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
19 farmhouses 990ff6ec1c7f905b310e92bc44d13886     
n.农舍,农场的主要住房( farmhouse的名词复数 )
  • Then perhaps she is staying at one of cottages or farmhouses? 那么也许她现在住在某个农舍或哪个农场的房子里吧? 来自辞典例句
  • The countryside was sprinkled with farmhouses. 乡间到处可见农家的房舍。 来自辞典例句
20 vistas cec5d496e70afb756a935bba3530d3e8     
长条形景色( vista的名词复数 ); 回顾; 展望; (未来可能发生的)一系列情景
  • This new job could open up whole new vistas for her. 这项新工作可能给她开辟全新的前景。
  • The picture is small but It'shows broad vistas. 画幅虽然不大,所表现的天地却十分广阔。
21 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
22 admiration afpyA     
  • He was lost in admiration of the beauty of the scene.他对风景之美赞不绝口。
  • We have a great admiration for the gold medalists.我们对金牌获得者极为敬佩。
23 freckled 1f563e624a978af5e5981f5e9d3a4687     
adj.雀斑;斑点;晒斑;(使)生雀斑v.雀斑,斑点( freckle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • Her face was freckled all over. 她的脸长满雀斑。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Her freckled skin glowed with health again. 她长有雀斑的皮肤又泛出了健康的红光。 来自辞典例句
24 gushed de5babf66f69bac96b526188524783de     
v.喷,涌( gush的过去式和过去分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • Oil gushed from the well. 石油从井口喷了出来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Clear water gushed into the irrigational channel. 清澈的水涌进了灌溉渠道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
25 chilly pOfzl     
  • I feel chilly without a coat.我由于没有穿大衣而感到凉飕飕的。
  • I grew chilly when the fire went out.炉火熄灭后,寒气逼人。
26 jacks 2b0facb0ce94beb5f627e3c22cc18d34     
n.抓子游戏;千斤顶( jack的名词复数 );(电)插孔;[电子学]插座;放弃
  • Hydraulic jacks under the machine produce the movement. 是机器下面的液压千斤顶造成的移动。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The front end is equipped with hydraulic jacks used for grade adjustment. 前瑞安装有液压千斤顶用来调整坡度。 来自辞典例句


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