He neither rode nor shot, but spent his days in wandering round the old village with his pipe in his mouth, or in driving with his host, or in his absence with his hostess, over the beautiful countryside
. "An easy-going, free-handed gentleman," said Ames, the butler.
Here, too, would gather the simple folk of the countryside
, the fishermen and farmers, the lay brothers and helpers who shared the work of the monastery.
What were before undefined, vague blurs in the distant countryside
could now be distinctly seen.
So, as soon as he had returned safely to Nottingham, he sent messengers north and south, and east and west, to proclaim through town, hamlet, and countryside
, this grand shooting match, and everyone was bidden that could draw a longbow, and the prize was to be an arrow of pure beaten gold.
It was a kindness for his own countryside
quite as much as my earnest entreaties that won him over.
The village was crowded, and all the countryside
. I had to go out a dozen times a day and show myself to these reverent and awe-stricken multitudes.