By R.D Symons
R.D. (Robert David) Symons was a Saskatchewan naturalist, and painter, revered for his memoirs, nature writing, paintings, and illustrations. He was also a rancher and game warden. For the first time in print, Symons’ memoir of his formative years and his early years are captured in the same compelling style and flair that brought him to the forefront as an author. In A Country BoySymons writes of his remarkable upbringing in Sussex, England, learning to paint at his father’s knee, and nurturing a love of nature that would become a lifelong passion. Here is a book that will restore R.D. Symons to his rightful place as a master, portraying life in nature, and nature in life.
His lush and graphic descriptions of blizzards, storms, drought and other environmental hazards, of the many horses he knew and loved, and of the cowboy’s creature comforts, including a breakfast of hotcakes, bacon, biscuits and syrup before a hard day’s work, immerse us in a world long past.