By A.B. Facey
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Then it was possible that they would send Jimmy over to the nurse's place before they searched anywhere else, so I felt safe. I continued on my way until well after the sun had come up, then I turned into some very thick scrub and prepared a place to sleep. I would set off again when it was dark. I had used two pairs of my boots and my feet were starting to get very sore. After making a place to sleep, I had some bread and drank the remains of the milk. I lay down on the rug and fell asleep. I must have slept for hours, because when I woke the sun was set low in the west.
The grog had run out and Bob was blaming everyone for getting away with it, or stealing it, even the old lady. This made Bill and me very scared. Bill had heard Bob say that last Christmas he had found some bottles planted in the stable and he would search it this time from end to end. Bill suggested that we take the grog that we had planted and put it somewhere else. We got the bottles off the stable roof (it was getting dark), and put them into two bags. We put these on top of the pig shed roof.
Judging the time by how far or near the sun was to overhead was the only way I had of knowing the time. I never had a clock or watch. Arriving at Uncle's place I could see the many changes that had been made. They had about one hundred acres cleared and a lot of the land had been fenced. They were all out working, clearing more land for cropping in the winter. This was to be the first crop that Uncle planted. He had bought a milking cow and the women were making their own butter. One of Uncle's daughters saw us and ran to tell the others, and they all came to see me.
A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey