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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 58 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 58
Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire [August 13, 1905]  Beeches, a wildish bit of wood two miles away, I started off along the fine lanes of the beautiful English country, bowling along at a pretty good rate, for my legs are long, as my friends know, altho it was a temptation to loiter, the old country places everywhere lured the eye. Suddenly I came upon Furnham Royal, a typical hamlet of two dozen homes, say, close together about a small central open space, no front yards, the houses flush with the street: a public house (it was time and past time to eat but I didn't like its looks), a tailor, a green grocer, etc. I went on but the maze of English lanes was very confusing, although in most places there were good sign posts. I was about to regret having passed Furnham Royal-for  ::::::::: [Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire] August 13, 1905  it was plainly coming on to rain-when a sign pointed off the road to the Crown Hotel. A hundred yards away I found it. A simple place but I got a dandy hot luncheon of roast beef, potatoes, vegetable marrow, French beans, bread and butter, and a huge plum tart which was delicious and which in American would have called "pie"-at least there was a Californian present who did and did huge justice to the same. By the time all this had been safely bestowed "beneath my belt" it had stopped raining and after getting fresh directions started gaily on for Burnham Beeches which came up to me in half-a-mile. Wandered around among the truly fine trees-some of them 4 and 5 ft. [feet] through! -inspected a bit of heath country (Erica tetralix (see no. 14,622) and cinera, Calluna vulgaris (See no. 14,810, and no. 14,811) and Ulex gallica). I passed and with much reluctance turned towards the railway station. On the return walk I had fine views of the English country. While by no means wild it has a strong suggestion of natural wilderness that is lacking in Belgium. Most elegant great oaks and towering elms everywhere, disposed in clusters, groves or as scattered trees-the whole effect was great. Can liken it to nothing so much as the richest well-wooded and watered Californian valleys-Ukiah or Clear Lake, with of course a heavy haze to blot out the Californian mountains and perfect the resemblance. -The soil of England is rich and that kind of richness which like the limestone basis of the Kentucky "blue-grass" does not and never will wear out. There lies the secret of England's agricultural strength. And one need never marvel at England's naval strength after seeing fields of English oaks. -I saw a most wonderful thatched cottage as a lodge at the gate of an estate; a curious old brick cot; farms with their complement of farm buildings; and many manor houses. It was a star day for this Californian.
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