Wednesday, March 4, 1896
A wonderful morning. All the ground high & low covered with snow. An inch or two on the flat, - perfect winter scene. Children happy snowballing.
X Slight frost last night. Perhaps some fruit buds killed Temp [Temperature] reported 20 [degrees] at Chico & Cherry, Apricot Peach buds killed.
Even in S. [Southern] Cal [California], at Riverside [also] the orange trees are laden with snow.
X Wrote to Mrs Earle, & sent copy of S.C. [Sierra Club] Bulletin
Cloudy - & showery, slight frost. Snow mostly gone from the lower hills
X Mr [Ri] paid $120. past rent, $41 still due for last year.
Mrs Berry J. Swetts mother died at age of 93. A wonderful woman in strength of body & character.
Cloudy & showery - good weather for vegetation
The oaks rapidly developing lvs [leaves].
Saturday, March 7, 1896
X Fine mild day. The beginning of new weather after snow-storm. 3 feet of snow at Crockers.
X Went to Mrs Berry's funeral. The congregational church choir sang with beautiful effect "It is well". Mr Stoddart preached, & Mr Swett, spoke briefly of the virtues & life of his brave capable mother, a type of the last Puritan of New England.
Slight shower in forenoon. In the evening Helen & I took a walk in the west hills.
Some of the live oaks just opening buds. Others with shoots X six inches long. So also the blue oaks. & white oaks
The different tones of brown & purple & yellow green swelling in rounded broad masses on the hills very fine.
X Wrote to F George, Mr McAllister, & Payot Upham & Co [Company]
Fine cloudless windless morning. The air in front of Mt Diablo delicious celestial purple calm & pure unspeakably.
Sold 20 acres of land to F Braun at $50 per acre $333 to be paid down, balance on mortgage.
Original journal dimensions: 18 x 21 cm.
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