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Good, clean water is important. A well in sand is always clean, that’s one thing I’ve learned. And pure. No muck from animals. ’ Water seeped into the well a few feet down but Somers kept on digging so even in the height of summer there would be plenty. He lined the sides with short poles so sand would not fall in. ‘There you are boys. Fresh water for the whole year. Later, when we build a proper house, I’ll make a deep well and might even put in a windmill so we can pump water to the house. This will do for the next few months until I get back.
Later, when we build a proper house, I’ll make a deep well and might even put in a windmill so we can pump water to the house. This will do for the next few months until I get back. Now for the hut. ’ He thought back to the sheds he had built in England, making the walls and roofs out of supple sticks. Once the ends were firmly in the ground, twisting a kind of lattice was the next step. Sometimes he had made the mesh and then dug one end into the ground. They used to slap mud on to make a snug shelter of wattle and daub.
Then Matt saw the dolphins. From the north, from the south, from the east and from the west they came in pairs, dipping through the blue water in graceful arcs to 52 form a great circle. The larger animals were on the outer edge, almost as though they were on guard. Then the double circle spun like a vast wheel. The sea was calm, the silver gulls silent. A dolphin swam into the centre of the ring, leaped high into the air and fell back with a splash which echoed around the bay. Another joined it, then another until there was a foam of movement.