By Charlotte MacLeod

Unique ebook: 1985

Chasing a vile English plant, Professor Peter Shandy and his acquaintances move on a such a lot ordinary tripThe vast hogweed, a creeping threat identified for crushing the lifestyles out of any plant silly sufficient to get in its manner, has positioned the hedgerows and pastures of the English geographical region in jeopardy. Fishermen locate their streams clogged, younger enthusiasts are stuck with rashes in embarrassing locations, and the English nudist colony has been all yet exterminated. merely Peter Shandy, the famed horticulturalist liable for the world’s best rutabaga, can keep the day. but if Shandy and his colleagues got down to locate hogweed samples, they stumble into an strangely mystical adventure. Quite by chance, Shandy journeys via a publican’s portal, and unearths himself talking with an incredible. Trapped in a land of castles, wizards, and knights, Shandy needs to use each scrap of his horticultural genius to come again home—lest the hogweed triumph in his absence.

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I locate myself drastically heartened through this data. ” “Urrgh,” acknowledged Torchyld. “I nonetheless want I had my sword. Mayhap I should still return and get it. ” “Mayhap you shouldn’t,” acknowledged Peter. “I have a sense that may be a remarkably silly factor to do. may you compromise for a quarterstaff ? ” “A what? ” “A lengthy stick, appropriate for prodding and lambasting. ” “Oh, a ffon. That be a peasant’s weapon. And forsooth, who careth? ” Torchyld leaped to his ft and went at the prowl. It wasn’t lengthy ahead of he came across a ffon to his liking, approximately six toes lengthy and as massive round as Dan Stott’s arm. Peter notion it extra suited to tossing the caber than hand-to-hand strive against, yet he didn’t say so. “Might ye remainder of us no longer equip ourselves with ffons, too, if i'll be so daring as to supply ye advice? ” Medrus ventured. together with his eyes now absolutely open and all these beechnuts less than his kilt, the clerk seemed a color much less weedy, even though nonetheless a wretchedly inferior specimen. His advice was once good sufficient, notwithstanding, so that they all begun equipping themselves in accordance with their tastes. Tim selected a robust department approximately 3 toes lengthy with a knob on the most sensible, which he might use as a struggle membership or a jogging stick as social gathering provided. Medrus his instance on a punier scale to befit his rank and stature. Dan Stott controlled to discover a tall employees with the head looped over to signify a shepherd’s criminal or a bishop’s crozier. Dan did glance remarkably like a bishop, or a few such august personage, in that lengthy white gown and headdress, with the fillet of gold throughout his hairless forehead. No ask yourself the hag had fallen for him, Peter concept. He himself aroused Torchyld’s derision through deciding on no longer one yet 3 sticks: brief, instantly, and robust; none of them greater round than a plant stick. He additionally accrued up a couple of feathers the starling had shed whilst it fell out of the tree, and stowed them in a fold of his gown. Peter used to be additionally nonetheless sporting the harp, which Torchyld seemed to have passed over to him at the energy of his stellar functionality again within the cave. Now he hoisted it again over his shoulder and jerked his head ahead. “What do you assert, males? Let’s commence looking for water. i would like a drink and that i desire a bathtub. and that i are looking to wash this filthy damned burnous I’m donning. after which i would like a sleep. the remainder of you at the least controlled to get a bit sleep final evening. I by no means closed my eyes. ” “It nonetheless amazeth me, noble druid, that ye by myself weren't felled via Gwrach’s magic potion,” Medrus remarked. “That so? ” Shandy gave him a slim glance. “It amazeth me that you simply understand her identify immediately. again there your time, you acknowledged you didn’t. ” “Great sir, I durst now not then utter it. Mayhap I wouldn't have dursted now. ” “You suggest the evil that she did lives after her? ” “I can't say. I simply worry. ” “Laugh it off,” Tim snorted. “Mayhap you could laugh up a stack of buckwheat muffins. Let’s strike downhill, Pete. We’re extra apt to discover water on low flooring. in addition to, I’d particularly pass down than up. ” “Right, Tim. ” Peter used to be growing to be deeply involved for his outdated blood brother.

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