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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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JULY 1888 1893

9 10 Monday

A very fine day, the air is cool, yet the sun shines hotly. I have been fixing up the hen yard - hung the gate and drew out the posts with the horse and cleaned it pretty much up of the rubbish it contained. I also dug soil and built it round the bottom boards so as to shut off all the spaces that would allow of the hens getting out. Willie gale harrowed his corn to day also scuffled his potatoes. he has also drawn off the old fence which formed the little field between the barns. Mr and Mrs David Stewart came on us just as we were going to sit down to dinner and they remained till after supper . David was in a happy mood and they both seemed to enjoy their visit. they had their little Pony which was the first time I had seen it. Willie's old Jersey calved to day. {in margin} Clearing out the hen yard for their occupation - visitors Mr & Mrs David Stewart. Willie's old Jersey calved a Bull calf this evening. his young red heifer to Bull.

10 11 Tuesday

A very warm and pleasant day - some indications of rain which did not realize. I chored round considerable to day. among other things, started the top of the posts in the hen yard and nailed up pointed boards to prevent the hens from lighting there. A number of hens got out somehow and the endeavor must be made to keep them in at pleasure. Willie cut a small piece of grass in the low part of the back field yesterday and made it into hay to day. I helped him to take it in to day. Johny went down to Rockwood & Acton to day. he took the train from Rockwood & returne. 25cts. he was seeing Holmes about coming to buy his cattle. Margaret & I drove to John Mutries this evening and spent a pleasant while with them. Margaret took over a few strawberries to Mrs Mutrie. we met Mrs Mutrie Senr & Mrs A. Alexander there. it was nearly twelve oclock before we got home again. {in margin} choring round considerable - Johny away in Rockwood & Acton - Margaret & myself take a run over to John Mutries -

11 12 Wednesday

Another beautiful summer day, a little rain in the morning and it looked as if it might continue some time but it cleared up soon again. I hoed quite awhile on the onion bed to day. I made ready about 3 oclock and drove Minnie down to the corner to see the doctor. I also got the colt Fred shod all round by Mr Hosking - he put 2 new shoes on in front and 2 of the old ones on behind. he charged me 90cts which I paid. I got a Gall. Coal oil. 10cts - Box- shoe Blacking. 1 lb paris green = 43c at Casinos. fish 20c in all $1.59. Mrs Wm Burns died yesterday. she is to be buried tomorrow. i saw the dug grave and the rough box in it when I was walking past to get the mail, or rather on returning. I rode down with the doctor and came back by Marys.{in margin} hoeing the onions - drive to the corner to see the doctor and get the colt shod. Mrs Burns dead. saw her dug grave - purchases paid all -

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