The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxxiv. Extracted From The Report Of Endsleigh, A Cottage On The Banks Of The Tamar, In Devonshire, By Permission Of His Grace The Duke Of Bedford. Situation And Character.

Watering plaaces for cattle

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In all mountainous countries, it is common to place troughs to receive the water which flows from the neighbouring hills. These, by the road side, as drinking places for cattle, form interesting circumstances in the landscape, peculiar to romantic scenery; while the interest is considerably heightened, by reflecting, that the supply is not the scanty produce of human labour and mechanism, but flows from that source whence the most mighty rivers derive their existence: perhaps there is hardly a more striking example of the inexhaustible bounty of Providence than may be drawn from the never-ceasing overflow of "L'abreuvoir des Montagnes." [Watering place of the mountains.]