The swallows seem to be distressed for food this cold wet weather, & to hawk up & down the street among the houses for flies with great earnestness. Some of my rasps bear twice in the year, & gave now ripe fruit: these berries the partridges have found out, & have eaten most of them. Thomas sprung two brace & a half among the bushes this morning. These birds were hatched in Baker’s hill. A flood last week at Hedleigh mill. The miller at Hawkley has long been distressed for want of water. Spinage very fine. Herrings are brought to the door.
Vast showers about. Were all wet thro’ in our return from Faringdon. Under the eaves of an house at Faringdon are 22 martin’s nests, 12 of which contain second broods now nearly fledge: they put out their heads, & seem to long to be on the wing.
J. Hale’s crop of hops under the S. corner of the hanger is prodigious: many hills together produce a bushel each, some two, & some three! Mr White of Newton cuts some Saint foin a second time. Nep. Ben came from London. Barley, & seed-clover are housed.