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Forbes Moir Diary, 1884-1904

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1886 == == 12

Febry 14 Snowing all day but still soft " 15 at Salem for Flour Snowing & Freezing {Sh?} " 16 at Fergus with chop & grist - very drifty Roads Blocked " 18 Fine. Fair Day Sold Grey Heifer. Cattle Sheep " 19 Soft Snow falling all day " 20 Last night and to day very Drifty " 22 Rough & stormy at Fergus with Oats " 25 Rain all day. G.T. R. {Grand Trunk Railway} Smash, aboyne (26) " 26 Drifting & very Cold Griffins Sale " 27-28 Fine quiet & Cold March 2 very rough& cold the longest cold snap all winter " 5 Killed a steer for Kelsey milder " 6 very fine at Eramosa & Guelph for W-G-Wheat " 7 Sunny sow away again " 10 Still fine Mrs Black Srs Funeral to Fergus " 14 fine at Nichol to Moirs " 16 Sunny W. Rae's Sale " 17 Misty Jas Clarke here to Fergus D. M. " 18 Fair Day still mild " 19 Rain all Day with Thunder & Lightning " 20 Drawing Sand For Cull Misty & Wet all Day " 21 Rain & Snow all Day " 23 quite a drift last night frosty " 24 at Fergus with Chop fair Sleighing " 27 These last 3 days moderate Thaw East wind Robins " 29 Killed Little Pig " 30 Two Misty Days with Some Rain " 31 Great thaw Rainy all day lots of Wheels Running K. to Fergus April 1 Snowing all day River Broke up " 2 More snow fair sleighing at Belwood fixing sleigh " 3 Fair and Cold First Lambs " 5 Milder Sawing logs " 6 The worst Drift this Winter from the N.E Elora Fair

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April 7 Cleared up got Kelsie to Break Road " 8 First Calf :Daisy: mild " 10 Still gently thawing Bad Roads Cons Blocked & Gravel Base " 12 Raining all Day " 13 Beautiful Day Easter Fair Sold Steers 2360 $100 {Bugges & Dams? went} " 14 at Fergus with waggon Chapman Plowing " 15 at Belwood to Blacksmiths very warm " 16 Plowing Genral {General?} after a very good winter swallows seen With Few Storms or very cold days " 17 Warm. Sowing grass seed at J. Milnes " 19 Plowing the weather since the 13 very warm 77 Deg {Degrees}to Day " 20 Gang Plowing for Peas 78 in shade " 21 at Fergus to A. Gerries Funeral still hot " 22 Sowing Peas still Hot " 23 Warm thunder storm all night " 24 Cooler Rain all Day " 26 Rain yesterday & last night Cool to day " 27 Digging Drain warmer " 28 filling " Drawing wood & Plowing " 29 Sowing oats " 30 Cold Rain from the East all day May 1 Day at Fergus with E {Edna Forbes daughter?}to Doctor " 3 Finished plowing sod planted 2 Drills potatoes " 4 Sowed last of peas. Rain all afternoon " 5 Planting trees Picking Stones Cooler " 7 finished harrowing Sod " 8 Plowing all done at Jas. Kennedys but the Swamp Dry since the 4th Great Aroura {Spelling?} Borealis night of 8th " 10 Rain from East all day. Cold. Wild Plums in bloom " 11 at fergus with Ram for Dawson " 12 Trees Pretty well out in Leaf (Early) " 13 Rain again from South " 14 Sowed wheat Thunder & Rain at night

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May 15 Cooler & Drizzling all Forenoon " 16 flurries of hail Maggie Gerrie & John Here " 17 heavy frost last night ice on water and ground

        Frozen Sowing Oats and Grass Seed

" 18 Fine away at Retties {sp?} & Clunie's Line Fence " 20 Finished Plowing far Swamp Touching Frost in fur " 21 Slight Frost Sowing " oats Slight Rain " 22 Gang Plowing Turnip land very warm Thunder last night " 23 Cattle out to Fields, young Cattle all night hot " 24 F.B Born at Belwood. mare Shod Harrowing turnip land " 25 Picking Roots & Willows Cold " 26 Plowing Rear Swamp Cold " 27 Finished Plowing for Crop. Rain in morning warmer " 28 Finished Sowing Grain fine Day " 29 Fireflies Seen Humming Birds 10 Days ago " 31 finished harrowing Oats Plowed Potatoe land June 1 Cutting Potatoes " 2 Finished Sowing Grass seed at Salem for Flour. Rain in the Forenoon " 4 Planting Potatoes " 5 Cross plowing Turnip land " 7 Rain. Finished Planting Potatoes at Belwood " 8 more rain at alton with John Gerrie { line on right between 8th and 11th entry} Blanch calf 9th " 11 finished Plowing for turnips warm " 12 at Fergus with Oats got turnip Seed " 14 hot. Sowing Turnips. put stone out. 80 in shade " 16 Hot. Turnips all sowed Shower in the morning " 17 Fergus Fair Rain Saw A. Gerrie. While {illegible - above line} " 18 Judjes {sp?} Revision Funeral of D. Milnes Child " 19 Frost putting on Sleepers at Coulls " at Fergus With Sheep J. Sleeman. Came

1886 == == 15

June 22 Rain all day yesterday and till night to Day " 23 Culls Raising still Rainy & drizzilly " 25 Rain very Heavy. the 5th day in succession " 26 Clipping Sheep Cooler " 28 To Fergus with sheep for McIntyre " 29 Doing Road work First Bloom on Peas " 30 To Fergus with Lizzie G July 1 Warm & Dry " 2 finished Road work over 90 in Shade " 3 Hot & Dry putting Poles on Ditch & staking line Fence " 5 very Hot finished Line fence through {water sp?} { word cut off in scan} " 6 Scuffling Potatoes & turnips thinning Turnips. D M{ cut off in scan} " 9 Still very Dry & hot at Church " 10 " " " at Fergus in evng Got money H. G " 14 First Rain Since 25th June " 15 Bot Pigs from Hammill & Rae @ 2.00 each " 16 at Fergus with Hay got alarm Clock " 17 Got Pigs Home " 19 First Green Peas to Day new Potatoes yesterday finished Thinning Turnips " 20 mowing odd corners " 21 at Kelseys Drawing in " 22 at Fergus Fair day Plowing meeting Kelsey {illegible at edge of scan} " 24 raking hay very warm. Scuffling A. {Agnes?} To Fergus " 26 Rain Last night and to Day " 27 Drawing in hay very hot Great Display of northern lights " 28 Slight Rain " 29 " " at Fergus. Kelsey here morning " 30 hoeing Turnips and Raking hay " 31 Hay all in. Meeting here about Plowing Match " 5 Holiday in Fergus things suffering for want of Rain " " finished Turnip second Time " 6 Reform Meeting in Elora. No Choice made

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