April Wednesday 24, 1895 Cool & cloudy brisk wind from the S.W. Mt. Diablo smothered in clouds but no rain. Vines growing fast, shoots a foot long on some varieties. Apricots large as hickory nuts, now being thinned. Very little literary work being done. The ranch affairs & those of the family bid fair to wreck it utterly. O for a lodge etc.
Thursday 25 A dark cool cloudy day threatening rain but none fell. Wrote to sister Annie, Mrs. Moares, K. Graydon & Jessie Norton who wants to teach in Martinez. Vines beginning to make fine show of hopeful shoots. Busy staking & thinning apricots & peaches. How the time flies & how little of my real work I accomplish in the midst of all this ranch work & the petty details of a domestic kind. How grand would be a home in a hollow Sequoia!
Friday 26 Cloudy. Went to the city. Rain began at 2 PM fell fast at 3 & continued until 6. Then more during the night. A fine refreshment. How delicious the fragrance.
Saturday 27 Rain & shine. Nearly an inch altogether, clod crushing now in order.
Visit from Mr. & Mrs. Alverson of Portage. Fine bright day. Made a good long excursion with Helen & Wanda[y] on the West Hills above the [Brewin] & Doanne Carrons. The flrs [flowers] mostly gone to seed. Found one nemophile “baby-blue-eye”. Nearly extinct hereabouts, once abundant, so also most of the gilias, found one large patch of orthocarpus purple- also white & yellow.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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