June 30, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 30th, 1785

Mossed the white cucumber-bed.

June 29, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 29th, 1785

Distant thunder.  The storm arose in the S. & parted; so that we had only the skirts.  When thunder arises in the S. we hardly ever receive the storm over us, because the clouds part to the right, & left before they reach us, influenced, I suppose, bu the hills that lie to that quarter.  The walnut-trees throw-out shoots two or three feet below the extremities of the boughs; all above is dead.

June 27, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 27th, 1785

The Flycatchers, five in number, leave their nest in the vine over the parlor-window.  Hemerocallis, day-lily, blows.  Chaffers fall dead from the hedges; they have served their generation, & will be seen but little longer.

June 26, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 26th, 1785

Annuals die thro’ heat. Hops run their poles. Mr Powlett of Rotherfield has no water for his cattle in the park, but what he fetched from Alton! He has a well for the house. Many years ago Mr Powletts’s grandfather fetched water from Alton for all his cattle, deer & all, for three months together. My well is low; but affords plenty of fine clear water. We draw great quantities for the garden. A constant spring runs through it.

June 25, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 25th, 1785

Fallows dusty, & in mellow order. Young fawns in the Holt.  My walnut-trees are almost naked, & half-killed by the winter; while those at Rood are in full foliage, & shew fruit.

June 22, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 22nd, 1785

Turbid sunset: the disk of the sun looked like three suns.  Full moon.

June 19, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 19th, 1785

Most of our oaks are naked of leaves, & even the Holt in general, having been ravaged by the caterpillars of a small phalaena, which is of a pale, yellow colour. These Insects tho’ a feeble race, yet from their infiinite numbers are of wonderful effect, being able to destroy the foliage of whole forests, & districts. At this season they leave their aurelia, & issue forth in their fly-state, swarming & covering the trees, & hedges. In a field at Greatham a saw a flight of Swifts busied in catching their prey near the ground; & found they were hawking after these phalenae. The aurelia of this moth is shining, & as black as jet; it lies wrapped-up in a leaf of the tree, which is rolled round it, & secured at the ends by a web, to preven the maggot from falling-out.

June 18, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 18th, 1785

The yew-hedges at the vicarage half-killed by the winter.  My tall hedges are much injured by the severity of last winter: many boughs are killed, & the foliage in general is thin.

June 14, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 14th, 1785

Fly-catchers have young.  Standard honey-suckles beautiful, & very sweet.

June 13, 1785

Posted by sydney on Jun 13th, 1785

Established summer.  Corn-flag blows.

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