I'm just reminded, hearing 'Cevennes' on the radio - how sharp he was.
'Travels with a donkey' has been on the radio in the background as I'm doing my tax. I've read it many times, but I'd forgotten how sharp Stevenson is about what we do.
In this one episode he's remarked on domestic dogs as the one thing he fears, and also, about how wonderful the french way of describing 'sleeping out' is - 'a la belle etoile' - lit 'at the beautiful star(s)' -maybe 'under the wonderful starlight'.
Anyone who hasn't read it should, as it's really the first and possibly the best. It sent me off across the Cevennes (which I highly recommend) a couple of years ago. What's more, if you want to, you can still hire a donkey, which I consider a damn (sorry ladies) fine notion.
A nice read.
He had quite a funky sleeping bag/Bivi type thing made for his travels IIRC
You're even later than me at doing your tax! (though they aren't fining for late submission now cos of lack of manpower)
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