They had been plodding through the rain for days, horses mired over their fetlocks and people wet to the skin. Pa led the team, while Ma worried as she did her best with wet firewood, damp flour, and fractious children.
Food was getting short when Petey caught a brace of fat rabbits, and Joanne found wild carrots and alliums in the corner of an abandoned field.
Ma spoke urgently to Pa and between them they decided on an early stop to cook the much needed fresh provender.
As they breasted a fold in the landscape, a rainbow split the sky.