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8 First night in camp
  First night in camp
  The girls washed the dirty crockery in the cold spring water whilst David and the boys unpackedthe tents from the donkey that carried them. They took off the whole of his pack, and alsounstrapped the heavy panniers from the other donkey. Both were delighted to be rid of their loads.
  They lay down on the ground and rolled, kicking their legs up into the air.
  Kiki couldn’t understand this at all, and flew up into a tree. ‘She thinks they’ve gone mad,’ saidJack. ‘It’s all right, Kiki, they’re only feeling glad because their packs have gone!’
  Kiki made a noise like a train screeching4 in a tunnel, and the two rolling donkeys leapt to theirfeet in alarm and raced some way down the hill. David also jumped violently, and then called tothe donkeys.
  ‘Kiki, if you do that again I’ll tie your beak5 up!’ threatened Jack2. ‘Spoiling this lovely peacefulevening with that horrible screech3!’
  ‘Wipe your feet, wipe your feet!’ screamed Kiki and danced from foot to foot on her branch.
  The tents were soon put up, side by side. David did not want to sleep in one. He preferred tosleep outside. He had never slept in a tent, and he thought they were quite unnecessary.
  ‘Well, I’d just as soon he slept outside,’ said Jack to Philip. ‘I don’t believe there’d be room forone more in here, do you?’
  ‘Let’s leave the tent-flaps open,’ said Lucy-Ann, coming up with the clean crockery. ‘Then wecan look out down the mountain-side. I wouldn’t mind a bit sleeping in the open air, like David, asa matter of fact.’
  ‘Wind’s too cold,’ said Jack. ‘You’ll be glad to have a cosy6 sleeping-bag, Lucy-Ann! Davidmust be very hardy7 – he’s only got a thin rug to cover himself with, and he’s apparently8 going tosleep on the bare ground!’
  The sun had now disappeared completely. It had gone behind the mountains in a perfect blazeof colour, and all the summits had gleamed for a while, and then darkness had crept up to the verytops, leaving only a clear sky beyond. Stars were now winking9 here and there, and a cold windwas blowing up the mountain.
  The donkeys were tied loosely to trees. Some of them were lying down. Dapple was looking outfor Snowy, but the kid had gone to Philip, and was waiting for him to go into his tent.
  They all washed at the spring – but David seemed rather astonished to see the four childrensolemnly splashing themselves with the cold water. He had drawn10 his thin rug over him and waslying quite still, looking up to the starry11 sky.
  ‘He’s not what you might call a very cheerful companion, is he?’ said Jack. ‘I expect he thinkswe’re all quite mad, the way we joke and laugh and fool about. Buck12 up, Philip, and get into thetent.’
  The girls were already in their tent. They had slid down into their sleeping-bags and tied themup loosely at the neck. Each bag had a big hood13 to come over the head. They were comfortable,quite roomy, and very warm.
  Lucy-Ann could see out of the tent opening. Stars twinkled in the sky, looking very big andbright. There was no sound at all, except of the trickle-trickle of the spring, and the sound of thewind in the trees.
  ‘We might be alone in the world,’ said Lucy-Ann to Dinah. ‘Dinah, imagine that we are. Itgives you an awfully14 queer feeling. It’s wizard!’
  But Dinah hadn’t got Lucy-Ann’s imagination and she yawned. ‘Go to sleep,’ she said. ‘Are theboys in their tent yet? I wish they were a bit further away. I’ve got an awful feeling that slow-worm will come slithering here in the night.’
  ‘It won’t hurt you if it does,’ said Lucy-Ann, snuggling down in her sleeping-bag. ‘Oh, this issuper! I do think we have lovely hols, don’t you, Dinah?’
  But Dinah was asleep already. Her eyes had shut and she was dreaming. Lucy-Ann stayedawake a little longer, enjoying the sound of the running spring and the wind. She still felt rather asif she was on her donkey, jogging up and down. Then her eyes closed too.
  The boys talked for a little while. They had thoroughly15 enjoyed their day. They gazed out of theopen flap of the tent. ‘It’s pretty wild and desolate16, here,’ said Jack sleepily. ‘It’s surprising there’sa track to follow, really. Decent of Bill and Aunt Allie to let us come by ourselves!’
  ‘Mmmmmmm!’ said Philip, listening, but too sleepy to answer.
  ‘Mmmmmmm!’ imitated Kiki from the top of the tent outside. It was too hot for her in it.
  ‘There’s Kiki,’ said Jack. ‘I wondered where she was. Philip, aren’t you hot with Snowy on topof you?’
  ‘Mmmmmmm!’ said Philip, and again there came the echo from the tent-top. ‘Mmmmmmm!’
  Snowy was almost on top of Philip. He had tried his hardest to squeeze into the boy’s sleeping-bag with him, but Philip was quite firm about that.
  ‘If you think you’re going to stick your sharp little hooves into me all night long, you’re wrong,Snowy,’ he said, and tied up his bag firmly at the neck, in case Snowy should try any tricks in thenight. The slow-worm was somewhere about too. Philip was too sleepy to bother to think where.
  Sally slid about where she pleased. Philip was now quite used to the sudden slithering movementthat occurred at times somewhere about his body, which meant that Sally was on the move again.
  There were a few more quiet remarks from Kiki, who was apparently talking to herself. Thensilence. The little camp slept under the stars. The night-wind nosed into the tent, but could not getinto the cosy sleeping-bags. Snowy felt too hot, walked over Philip, trod on Jack and went to lie inthe tent opening. He gave a tiny bleat17 and Kiki bleated18 in answer.
  David was up and about before the children the next day. He was looking at his donkeys whenPhilip put a tousled head out of the tent opening to sniff19 at the morning. ‘Lovely!’ he said. ‘Stopbutting me, Snowy! Your little head is jolly hard! Jack! Stir yourself. It’s a gorgeous morning.’
  Soon all the campers were out of their sleeping-bags and running about. They splashed at thespring, laughing at nothing. Snowy bounded everywhere, quite mad too. Kiki hooted20 like a car,and startled the donkeys. Even David smiled to see such early-morning antics!
  They had breakfast – tongue, cream cheese and rather stale bread, with a tomato each. Therewas no lemonade left because they had been so lavish21 with it the day before, so they drank thecold spring water and vowed22 it was just as nice as lemonade.
  ‘David! Shall we get to the Vale of Butterflies today?’ asked Jack, and then repeated it againslowly, flapping his arms to show David that he was talking about butterflies. It took David aminute or two to realize this. Then he shook his head.
  ‘Tomorrow?’ asked Philip, and David nodded. He went to strap1 the packs on the donkeys againand to put on the big pannier baskets. All the little grey creatures were waiting impatiently to setoff. Already the sun was getting well above the mountains, and, for David and the donkeys at anyrate, it was late!
  They set off at last, though Jack had to gallop23 back to get his field-glasses which he had leftbehind, hanging from a tree-branch. Then they were all in a line, one donkey behind the other,ambling over the mountains with the wind in their hair.
  Jack felt sure he saw a couple of buzzards that day and rode most of the time with his field-glasses in his hand, ready to clap them to his eyes at the first sight of specks24 in the sky. The otherssaw red squirrels among the trees they passed, shy but tame. One shared the children’s lunch,darting up for tit-bits, but keeping a wary25 eye for Kiki and Snowy.
  ‘It wants to come with you, Philip,’ said Lucy-Ann, amused when the red squirrel put a paw onPhilip’s knee.
  Philip stroked the pretty little thing gently. It quivered, half frightened, but did not bound away.
  Then Kiki swooped26 down and the squirrel fled.
  ‘You would spoil things, you jealous bird!’ said Philip. ‘Go away, I don’t want you. Go to Jack,and let the squirrels come to me.’
  Swallows flew round them once again, not attracted by the food, but by the flies that pesteredthe donkeys. The children could hear the snapping of their beaks27 as they caught the flies.
  ‘We ought to get Jack to tame a few swallows and take them with us to catch the flies,’ saidLucy-Ann, slapping at a big one on her leg. ‘Horrid things! I’ve been bitten by something already.
  You wouldn’t think there’d be any as high up as this, would you?’
  Sally the slow-worm came out to eat the fly that Lucy-Ann had killed. She was getting much tootame for Dinah’s liking28. She lay in the sun, gleaming like silver, and then slid under Philip asSnowy came up enquiringly.
  ‘Keep your nose out of things,’ said Philip, pushing the kid away as it tried to nose under him tofind the slow-worm. Snowy butted29 him hard and then tried to get on his lap.
  ‘Too hot, too hot,’ said Philip. ‘Why did we ever bring a little pest like you, Snowy? Youbreathed down my neck all night!’
  Lucy-Ann giggled30. She loved Snowy. They all did. The kid was mischievous31, given to butting,and didn’t mind treading on anyone – but he was so lively, so full of spring and bounce, soaffectionate that it was impossible to be cross with him for long.
  ‘Come on,’ said Philip at last. ‘David’s clearing his throat as if he’s going to tell us we’re toolazy for words.’
  David had a habit of clearing his throat about a dozen times before he spoke32. It was a nervoushabit which Kiki copied to perfection. She would sit near him, and make a noise as if she wasclearing her throat every time he did the same thing. Then she would go off into a cackle oflaughter. David always stared at her solemnly when she did this.
  They travelled well that second day, and went a long way. When the time came to camp again,David looked earnestly over the mountains as if he was searching for something.
  ‘Lost your handkerchief, old chap?’ said Jack, and everyone laughed. David looked solemnly athim, not understanding. Then he suddenly began to flap his arms like wings, and to say a fewwords in Welsh.
  He looked comical standing33 there, flapping like that. The children had to turn away, trying notto laugh. ‘He says tomorrow we shall see the butterfly valley,’ said Jack. ‘Good! It ought to be areal sight, if it’s anything like I imagine it to be!’
  They had a meal and prepared to camp out again. The evening was not so fine as the day. It hadclouded over and there was no sunset to watch, and no stars to come gleaming out, one by one.
  ‘If it rains, you’ll get wet, David,’ said Jack. David shrugged34 his shoulders and said somethingin his Welsh voice, then wrapped himself in his rug on the bare ground.
  ‘It won’t rain,’ said Philip, looking at the sky. ‘But it’s much colder. Brrrrr! I’ll be glad of mysleeping-bag tonight.’
  ‘Good night!’ called the girls. ‘Sleep well.’
  ‘Good night! It will be a lovely day again tomorrow! You just see!’ called back Philip, whothought himself a good weather forecaster.
  But he was wrong. When they awoke the next morning, they looked out on a completelydifferent world!


1 strap 5GhzK     
  • She held onto a strap to steady herself.她抓住拉手吊带以便站稳。
  • The nurse will strap up your wound.护士会绑扎你的伤口。
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 screech uDkzc     
  • He heard a screech of brakes and then fell down. 他听到汽车刹车发出的尖锐的声音,然后就摔倒了。
  • The screech of jet planes violated the peace of the afternoon. 喷射机的尖啸声侵犯了下午的平静。
4 screeching 8bf34b298a2d512e9b6787a29dc6c5f0     
v.发出尖叫声( screech的现在分词 );发出粗而刺耳的声音;高叫
  • Monkeys were screeching in the trees. 猴子在树上吱吱地叫着。
  • the unedifying sight of the two party leaders screeching at each other 两党党魁狺狺对吠的讨厌情景
5 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。
6 cosy dvnzc5     
  • We spent a cosy evening chatting by the fire.我们在炉火旁聊天度过了一个舒适的晚上。
  • It was so warm and cosy in bed that Simon didn't want to get out.床上温暖而又舒适,西蒙简直不想下床了。
7 hardy EenxM     
  • The kind of plant is a hardy annual.这种植物是耐寒的一年生植物。
  • He is a hardy person.他是一个能吃苦耐劳的人。
8 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。
9 winking b599b2f7a74d5974507152324c7b8979     
n.瞬眼,目语v.使眼色( wink的现在分词 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
  • Anyone can do it; it's as easy as winking. 这谁都办得到,简直易如反掌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The stars were winking in the clear sky. 星星在明亮的天空中闪烁。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的风景所吸引。
11 starry VhWzfP     
adj.星光照耀的, 闪亮的
  • He looked at the starry heavens.他瞧着布满星星的天空。
  • I like the starry winter sky.我喜欢这满天星斗的冬夜。
12 buck ESky8     
  • The boy bent curiously to the skeleton of the buck.这个男孩好奇地弯下身去看鹿的骸骨。
  • The female deer attracts the buck with high-pitched sounds.雌鹿以尖声吸引雄鹿。
13 hood ddwzJ     
  • She is wearing a red cloak with a hood.她穿着一件红色带兜帽的披风。
  • The car hood was dented in.汽车的发动机罩已凹了进去。
14 awfully MPkym     
  • Agriculture was awfully neglected in the past.过去农业遭到严重忽视。
  • I've been feeling awfully bad about it.对这我一直感到很难受。
15 thoroughly sgmz0J     
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下种。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵们都系统地接受过保护武器的训练。
16 desolate vmizO     
  • The city was burned into a desolate waste.那座城市被烧成一片废墟。
  • We all felt absolutely desolate when she left.她走后,我们都觉得万分孤寂。
17 bleat OdVyE     
  • He heard the bleat of a lamb.他听到小羊的叫声。
  • They bleat about how miserable they are.他们诉说他们的生活是多么悲惨。
18 bleated 671410a5fa3040608b13f2eb8ecf1664     
v.(羊,小牛)叫( bleat的过去式和过去分词 );哭诉;发出羊叫似的声音;轻声诉说
  • The lost lamb bleated. 迷路的小羊咩咩的叫。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She bleated her disapproval of her son's marriage to Amy. 她用颤抖的声音表示不赞成儿子与艾米的婚事。 来自辞典例句
19 sniff PF7zs     
  • The police used dogs to sniff out the criminals in their hiding - place.警察使用警犬查出了罪犯的藏身地点。
  • When Munchie meets a dog on the beach, they sniff each other for a while.当麦奇在海滩上碰到另一条狗的时候,他们会彼此嗅一会儿。
20 hooted 8df924a716d9d67e78a021e69df38ba5     
(使)作汽笛声响,作汽车喇叭声( hoot的过去式和过去分词 )
  • An owl hooted nearby. 一只猫头鹰在附近啼叫。
  • The crowd hooted and jeered at the speaker. 群众向那演讲人发出轻蔑的叫嚣和嘲笑。
21 lavish h1Uxz     
  • He despised people who were lavish with their praises.他看不起那些阿谀奉承的人。
  • The sets and costumes are lavish.布景和服装极尽奢华。
22 vowed 6996270667378281d2f9ee561353c089     
  • He vowed quite solemnly that he would carry out his promise. 他非常庄严地发誓要实现他的诺言。
  • I vowed to do more of the cooking myself. 我发誓自己要多动手做饭。
23 gallop MQdzn     
  • They are coming at a gallop towards us.他们正朝着我们飞跑过来。
  • The horse slowed to a walk after its long gallop.那匹马跑了一大阵后慢下来缓步而行。
24 specks 6d64faf449275b5ce146fe2c78100fed     
n.眼镜;斑点,微粒,污点( speck的名词复数 )
  • Minutes later Brown spotted two specks in the ocean. 几分钟后布朗发现海洋中有两个小点。 来自英汉非文学 - 百科语料821
  • Do you ever seem to see specks in front of your eyes? 你眼睛前面曾似乎看见过小点吗? 来自辞典例句
25 wary JMEzk     
  • He is wary of telling secrets to others.他谨防向他人泄露秘密。
  • Paula frowned,suddenly wary.宝拉皱了皱眉头,突然警惕起来。
26 swooped 33b84cab2ba3813062b6e35dccf6ee5b     
俯冲,猛冲( swoop的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The aircraft swooped down over the buildings. 飞机俯冲到那些建筑物上方。
  • The hawk swooped down on the rabbit and killed it. 鹰猛地朝兔子扑下来,并把它杀死。
27 beaks 66bf69cd5b0e1dfb0c97c1245fc4fbab     
n.鸟嘴( beak的名词复数 );鹰钩嘴;尖鼻子;掌权者
  • Baby cockatoos will have black eyes and soft, almost flexible beaks. 雏鸟凤头鹦鹉黑色的眼睛是柔和的,嘴几乎是灵活的。 来自互联网
  • Squid beaks are often found in the stomachs of sperm whales. 经常能在抹香鲸的胃里发现鱿鱼的嘴。 来自互联网
28 liking mpXzQ5     
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate这个词也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必须承认我不喜欢夸大其词。
29 butted 6cd04b7d59e3b580de55d8a5bd6b73bb     
  • Two goats butted each other. 两只山羊用角顶架。
  • He butted against a tree in the dark. 他黑暗中撞上了一棵树。
30 giggled 72ecd6e6dbf913b285d28ec3ba1edb12     
v.咯咯地笑( giggle的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The girls giggled at the joke. 女孩子们让这笑话逗得咯咯笑。
  • The children giggled hysterically. 孩子们歇斯底里地傻笑。 来自《简明英汉词典》
31 mischievous mischievous     
  • He is a mischievous but lovable boy.他是一个淘气但可爱的小孩。
  • A mischievous cur must be tied short.恶狗必须拴得短。
32 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。
33 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
34 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》


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