I had been calling Nobs in the meantime and was about to set out in search of him, fearing, to tell the truth, to do so lest I find him mangled and dead among the trees of the acacia grove, when he suddenly emerged from among the boles, his ears flattened, his tail between his legs and his body screwed into a suppliant S.
The deer lay in a small open space close to a clump of acacias, and we had advanced to within several yards of our kill when we both halted suddenly and simultaneously.
With a single flip of the tip it sent poor Nobs sailing through the air a hundred feet above the ground, straight back into the clump of acacias from which the beast had leaped upon our kill--and then the grotesque thing sank lifeless to the ground.
And the poor soldier went to the acacia
; but when he was a few steps from it, the countess looked at him, as if defying him, although a slight expression of fear seemed to flicker in her eye; then, with a single bound she sprang from the acacia
to a laburnum, and thence to a Norway fir, where she darted from branch to branch with extraordinary agility.
When that time came, and when, before it was over, the acacias
all blossomed too, and four great clumps of pale, silvery-pink peonies flowered under the south windows, I felt so absolutely happy, and blest, and thankful, and grateful, that I really cannot describe it.
The songs of the birds were heard in an aviary hard by, and the branches of laburnums and rose acacias
formed an exquisite framework to the blue velvet curtains.
There was a smell of acacias
in the air everywhere, and the laburnums were dripping gold over the walls of the gardens.
A few aloe plants and some chance-sown pellitory grew on the tops of the square pillars of the gates, which all but concealed the stems of a couple of thornless acacias
that raised their tufted spikes, like a pair of green powder-puffs, in the yard.
It means that Acacia
, which was spun off from Barrick in 2010 will come back under the watchful eye of the Canadian giant - the world's largest gold company.
The addition of Acacia
's technology will enrich this portfolio, allowing the growing number of customers transitioning from chassis-based systems to pluggable technology to simplify operations and reduce network complexities.
Mining plc (LSE:ACA) is the UK holding company of the Acacia
Group, Tanzania's largest gold miner and one of the largest producers of gold in Africa.
Barrick Gold is still negotiating with Tanzania to settle a dispute, which has seen Acacia
banned from exporting gold and copper.