We also wanted to share a new word we've just learnt from another hilbarn customer, Nan. She says she came across the Scottish word "scushling" in a book by George MacDonald. "The word," says Nan, "so very well describes the sound and action of walking through deep fallen leaves, kicking them up a bit as you go (just for the fun of it)."
Thanks, Nan, for sharing your love of scushling.
"It was early October by the calendar, but leaves brown and spotted and dry lay already in little heaps on the pavement – heaps made and unmade continually, as if for the sport of the keen wind that now scattered them with a rush, and again, extemporizing a little evanescent whirlpool, gathered a fresh heap upon the flags, again to rush asunder, as in direct terror of the fresh-invading wind, determined yet again to scatter them, a broken rout of escaping fugitives. Along the pavement, seemingly in furtherance of the careless design of the wind, a girl went heedlessly scushling along among the unresting and unresisting leaves, making with her rather short skirt a mimic whirlwind of her own. . . ." George MacDonald - 1824-1905 - 'Far Above Rubies'