He had had his fill long ago of the noisy friendly parties at Highbank, with coasting
, ice-boating, sleighing, long tramps in the snow, and a general flavour of mild flirting and milder practical jokes.
So he stood waist-deep in the grass and looked regretfully across the rolling savannah and the soft-swelling foothills to the Lion's Head, a massive peak of rock that upreared into the azure from the midmost centre of Guadalcanar, a landmark used for bearings by every coasting
mariner, a mountain as yet untrod by the foot of a white man.
seamen and bay sailors they mostly were, although there were many 'longshoremen and waterfront workmen among them.
So she used to slip out alone sometimes, when Fanny was absorbed in novels, company, or millinery, and get fine brisk walks round the park, on the unfashionable side, where the babies took their airings; or she went inside, to watch the boys coasting
, and to wish she could coast too, as she did at home.
A taffy-pull after dinner and then a jolly hour of coasting
on the hill field before supper were on our programme.