Thursday, February 27, 1896
Cloudy all day. bar. [barometer] falling slowly.
Peaches coming into bloom also pears
Some of the live & white oaks opening buds - One white-oak has leaves nearly unfolded must have buds close. One Agrifolia has set of new leaves dark purple & velvety - another has yellow green lvs [leaves]. Most still in bud
X Wrote to Edwards, Valona - Farnsworth, Magee, Annie Hay, Libby, Bartola
Warm. Somewhat cloudy -
Fine shower this morning - clear after 8 AM
X Louie & Wanda gone to town SF [San Francisco] to hear [Paddyrosky] & a Frenchman play. Helen is rather lonesome. We took a walk to the heronry, saw about 30, many already sitting. The wind very high threatening to blow nests away out of the tall Sycamores wh [which] are just opening lvs [leaves] & hanging forth their strings of brown beads of flrs [flowers] - Leaves some of them nearly an inch long, very hairy, with [furry], brown male heads of velvety flrs [flowers] green, [ ] redish brown.
X Wrote to Prof [Professor] Jordan declining to lecture before Academy of Sciences Also to Governor also sent Book & Bulletin to Miss Bartola. Wrote to Mr [Colrill]
Sunday, March 1, 1896
Very cool. Had light shower of hail.
X Helen and I made an excursion to the big Laurel, it has spread of almost 150 ft. [feet] has six trunks growing from old burned-out stump, tho [though] largest about 6 ft [foot] dia [diameter], these main trunks are being reinforced by six smaller ones - unwedgeable, illimitable in growth perhaps immortal - Young lvs [leaves] coming on live oak shoots 5 inches long grown in one week. One of the white-oaks in leaf the largest 1 inch long others not yet opened buds
The rate of growth of the young shoots is wonderful
X Mr George came today about Valona waterworks [vertical line]
Dark rainy morning & cold quite cold.Danger of frost to fruit buds. Fair afternoon. Went to town to meet Louie & Wanda - who came home happy from hearing some fine music.
X Mr Ipswitch paid interest on note $212 1/2 dollars
Hills all white with snow & hail. Rain during the day Mt Diablo & the twin pks [peaks] have quite an wintery aspect. Of the lower hills it is curious to note how the north slopes are white down to their bases near sea-level while warmer slopes were bare up to 400 ft [feet]. Not because of sunshine on them but because of stored heat in the ground
Original journal dimensions: 18 x 21 cm.
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