Saturday, February 15, 1896
Fine day. Spring coming apace
X Wrote to Sidney Smith declining invitation # to lecture before the San Rafael Literary Club. Said that after 10 yrs [years] silence bravely sustained I had [ ] 4 times their fall & then escaped with fear & trembling to the shades rural of Contra Costa Co [County] [k]nowing henceforth eternal silence
Warm balmy, ground getting quite dry & dusty.
# Walked on the hills with Helen, up Wanda and down the Helen hill, the buckeye will soon be in full leaf. A few of the oaks also beginning to [burst(?)] bust buds. Soap-roots & Castilleia in flower. Tules on Suisun swamps [are] burning - sending up huge black columns of smoke like mushrooms with stalks 1000 feet high, the Sierra [are] hidden with smoke.
Fine warm day - ground getting dry
Mr Williams paid $14 00/ int [interest] on note
Tuesday, February 18, 1896
Clear warm dry. Duane grafting Winter Nellis pears to Bartlets.
Had walk with the children up the hills opposite the Heronry to branch overflow Heronry on large oak with only 3 nests - & one wh [which] has been barely commenced
The Kellogg or Cal [California] Oak is now in full flower - the pollen ripe, some Catkin 4 inches long & drape entire trees in rich yel [yellow] & brown [ ] some leaves 1 1/2 inch long purplish red at first - Dodecatheon in flr [flower] Blue Oak buds not yet open
Fine day. Maggie let horse run away going to town with a foolish load of oranges & was thrown out at [Reaps]
Not seriously hurt.
No such thing possible as teaching women carefulness & horse sense.
Slight cloudiness & falling bar [barometer]. Rain would be welcome
Mr Larsen this day paid $325 00/100 in full for E [East]. 1/2 of lot 7, Block H, Valona.
Original journal dimensions: 18 x 21 cm.
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