July 5

Posted by sydney on Jul 5th, 2009
  • 1792: July 5, 1792 – The Provost of Oriel, & lady came.
  • 1791: July 5, 1791 – London Rasps come in.  Many Martins in the green park.  In a fruit-shop near St. James were set out to sale black cluster-grapes, pine apples, peaches, nectarines, & Orleans plums.
  • 1789: July 5, 1789 – My scarlet straw-berries are good: what we eat at S. Lambeth were stale, & bad.  A peat-cutter brought me lately from Cranmoor a couple of snipe’s eggs which are beautifully marbled.  They are rather large, & long for the size of the bird, & not bigger at one end than the other.  The parent birds had not sat on them. * These eggs, I find since, were the eggs of a Churn-owl: the eggs of Snpies, differ much from the former in size, shape, & colour.  The peat-cutter was led into the mistake by finding his eggs in a bog, or moor.
  • 1788: July 5, 1788 – The fly-catchers build again in the vines with a view to a second brood.  Timothy grazes on the grass-plot.  Some dishes of wood-strawberries are brought to the door.
  • 1787: July 5, 1787 – Flowers hurried, & injured by the heat.  Curious pinks.
  • 1785: July 5, 1785 – Young cocci abound again on the vines.  Began to cut the meadow-grass: it is very scanty, not half a crop.  Men sow turnips; but the seeds lie on the ground without vegetating.  Those that sprout are soon eaten by the fly.
  • 1784: July 5, 1784 – Timothy Turner cuts Baker’s hill, the crop of which he has bought.  It is St foin run to seed, the 17th crop.
  • 1783: July 5, 1783 – Tim: Turner bought, & carryed-off my St foin, the 16th crop.  It was over-ripe, & not so large a burden as the last.  The St foin was all run to seed.  The garden wants rain.
  • 1780: July 5, 1780 – Began to cut the tall hedges.  Put a bed of moss round the white cucumbers.  Young partridges run.
  • 1778: July 5, 1778 – We have had no thunder-shower all this summer, tho’ many have fallen in sight of us.  Much mischief by this thunder in distant parts.
  • 1776: July 5, 1776 – Field-crickets are pretty near silent; they begin their shilling cry about the middle of May.
  • 1774: July 5, 1774 – Swallows feed their young in the air.  Martins, & swallows, that have numerous families, are continually feeding them: while swifts that have but two young to maintain, seem much at their leisure, & do not attend on their nests for hours together, nor appear at all in blowing wet days.  Swifts retire to their nests in very heavy showers.
  • 1773: July 5, 1773 – Cold starving weather: nothing grows.
  • 1772: July 5, 1772 – Frogs migrate with the showers of yesterday.  Dust flies.  No appearance of rain left.
  • 1771: July 5, 1771 – Cut the slip and part of the mead.  Elder in full bloom.
  • 1770: July 5, 1770 – Sultry.  Showers at a distance.  The thermr 73 abroad in the shade.

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