22nd November 1832

Rode with Mr Hamond to the Rio St Lucia, the distance is about 12 miles & the path lies over an undulating plain of turf. On our return we were obliged to go some miles round to avoid one of the great beds of thistles. These are quite impassible, as they are armed with long prickles, & grow close together to the height of six feet. Riding is the only source of enjoyment in this country.

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