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John Ferguson Diary, 1874

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Out with mower two acres of grass on the flats which completes that field, except two acres on the hill, to be left for pasture. Hauled in 3 loads, making 10 loads from 6 1/2 acres. Do the after raking with the hand swath rake. Spent evening at home - - - -


Mowing the orchard grass with the scythes, it is a thinner crop than last year evidently killed out some by the severity of last winter and spring. This afternoon had several very heavy thunder showers. The lightening was very active. a large elm tree was shivered all to pieces by it.


Sowed with drill 1 lb of "Yellow Aberdeen" turnip seed on some patches where the other seed had failed. the rest of "Swede" turnips are up well. Raking and cocking up the orchard grass. Hauling two loads of the Hats hay, not much enjoyed by the rain. The weather is very warm mercury up to the nineties


Commenced mowing the field of timothy, a nice even crop but will be easily hauled in. Cleaned the field beyond the Etobicoke, had 13 loads off the ten acres. Raked up the hay that we cut this morning. it was quite dry. Had a visit from Mr H. Mordeland & Moses J Bucham and Egerton Ferguson.

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