I left Rio Pico and came to a Scottish sheep station. The notice on the gate read ‘Estancia Lochinver – 1.444 kilometres’. The gate was in excellent trim. On the post was a painted topknot in the form of a thistle.
I walked the 1.444 kilometres and reached a house of corrugated iron, with twin gables and a high pitched roof, built in a style more suitable for granite. The Scotsman stood on the steps, a big, gristly man with white hair and black eyebrows. He had been rounding up sheep all day. Three thousand animals grazed in his paddock. He was expecting the shearers in the morning.

Bruce Chatwin, In Patagonia Section 34, 1977

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