John Muir


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April Wednesday 10, 1895 Another charming day of sunshine with fine cloud painting of white on the blue. Mr. Rennie staid [stayed] overnight & we all liked him. He promises to come again before returning to Scotland. Mrs. Forbes and Mrs. Bruse [Breese] from Portage with us this evening to dinner, good ladies both without ideas to speak of, but interesting as a bridge from California to Wisconsin & my mother & sisters there.

Thursday 11 Another dry day, weeds growing apace. Have been planting geraniums & roses along the fence on the Rogers place. Went over there after going to Martinez taking Mrs. Muir to Maggie’s dinner or tea for Mrs. Forbes & Breeze [Breese]. Ate dinner there after the ladies were done. Mr. Ipswitch paid $125.00 interest.

Friday 12 Another lovely day mostly solid sunshine light frost. Took a fine fragrant walk up the West hills with Wanda & Helen who I am glad to see love walking, flowers, trees & every bird & beast & creeping thing. Buttercups, clovers, gilias, Brodaeas [Brodiaea], Aliums, dodecatheons, larkspurs, [portulacas] etc. in flower. The oaks in full leaf. A fine fragrant walk, the babies delight. Mrs Breese & Forbes off for Wisconsin. Clouds enough for beauty, no more.

Saturday 13 Dark cloudy with quite a drizzle of rain coming about 10 AM & lasting till night. Most of the men quit work at noon. Fine weather for my new plants on the Rodgers place especially the geraniums.

Sunday 14 My 15th anniversary of wedding day & soon will come [my] birthday. How the years begin to run. Only in the wilderness is times flight hidden. A remarkably chilly day though bright. A good fire required even at noon with the sun shining into my room. Frost may be expected tonight if calm. The Louisiana Tanager has been here a week.

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Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.

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