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William Sunter Diary, 1893


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JULY 1888 1893

16 17 Monday

Weather still hot and dry. the air is cooler nights and mornings. the clouds although large and thundry looking betimes seem highter than has prevailed and, we hope more settled weather may set in so that the haying may be successful through with. I drove Minnie down to Mary's this morning and brought home her mother, who was there all last night. Mary is some better this morning. Ewart is on helping Willie to thin his turnips this morning. I have about finished cutting the tops off the thistles in our grain patch. also hoeing and earthing up the potatoes. I fed our fowels in the potatoe patch so as to lead them in among the potatoe bugs. Johny has started to cut his hay, he says it is terribly heavy. {in margin} drove down Minnie to Mary's and brought home her Mother. cutting thistles in the grain. Ewart started to work for Willie this week.

17 18 Tuesday

A cooler air although the sun shines hotly. the mowers are driving hard at it all around. the weather it is to be hoped is now more settled and will allow of haying being carried out with vigour. being such a heavy crop it is of much importance to have good weather to save it in. Willie got the most of his Swede turnips hoed to day. I hoed about 5 rows of them this afternoon. Margaret and I picked the potatoe bugs to day. the hens are very destructive in scratching up the hills of potatoes. we try to coax them to take to the bugs. Johny has been cutting his hay. we have got a letter from Alex. Holyoke this evening. being dated on the 16th he and I must have written each other on the same day. Alex & his partner seem to be doing well. they are about opening up a second store , and he speaks quite confidently of their success. {in margin } good hay weather - Willie thinned the most of the swedes to day. Letter from Holyoke - Alex is confident and hopeful of good success -

18 19 Wednesday

Very fine hay weather at last. every body seems bent in doing their best now that the weather is right. Willie plowed up the fence botton of the old fence in the back which formed the little field between the barns. sowed it in rape & turnip seed mixed so as to rot the sod. Margaret & I took a ride down to see Mr Webb this forenoon - we were there last night and he was then poorly having been bad with his heart for 5 hours. he was not better till 5 this morning, having been bad 12 hours. he is now some better but very weak. we also drove down to see David Robinson's little boy. he has been very ill and yet in a critical condition. we again drove down this evening. he has been easier to day. I have been choring about a good deal, helping the boys some and hoeing some. I sharpened the mower knife for Willie and Ewart had it broken while cutting in the back meadow. Willie put up the hay fork this afternoon. Johny moved the horse plow from the gang way and took drew in 2 loads of hay. {in margin} good hay weather and every body taking advantage of it. John Webb unwell. also David Robertsons Boy. helping the Boys.

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