"...we saw the Gut of Canso at a distance. At 4 we saw at the south end of Cape Breton, Richmond Island, so called in some charts, in others Isle Madame...It is a bold, and perpendicular, dark red rock, shaded almost to black, and covered with pine..."
- November 29th, 1791
Richmond I. or Isle Madame near the Gut of Canso "I was not disposed to leave the Ship to enter so dismal looking of a Town as Quebec appeared thro' the mist sleet & rain...it snows so much that I can give you no drawing of Quebec, but what I can distinguish among the snow it looks a pitiful place..."
- November 11th, 1791 _______________________________________________________
Extracts from The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady, Edith Holden
April 29th 1905
Wet, windy weather; went through a little beech-wood where the foliage was breaking like a green mist among the grey stems; onto Yannadon Common. The gorse is just in its glory and will be for another month yet. The scents from the gorse and the sweet soft air were most invigorating; many skylarks singing aloft in spite of the wind. Saw a hawk poised over the Eastern side of the Down. Gathered some whinberry blossom; a few shaggy little Dartmoor ponies were cropping the gorse on the down: one, with a wee brown foal by its side.
The walls and banks here are a perfect mosaic of colour, with the fresh green of the young ferns - english maidenhair and many other varieties and wild strawberry, dog-violet, wild geranium and other tiny flowers.