July 7

Posted by sydney on Jul 7th, 2009
  • 1792: July 7, 1792 – Farmer Hoare’s son shot a hen Wood-chat (Lanius s. senator) or small Butcher-bird as it was washing at Well-head, attended by the cock.  It is a rare bird in these parts.  In it’s craw were insects.
  • 1791: July 7, 1791 – S. Lambeth
    Fine, showers, clouds.
  • 1790: July 7, 1790 – Grasshopper-lark whispers in my outlet.  Turned the cocks of hay.
  • 1788: July 7, 1788 – Mrs White made much Rsp, & curran jams.
  • 1787: July 7, 1787 – Preserved some Duke cherries, very fine fruit.  The pupils of the eyes of animals are diversifyed: in all the birds & fishes I have seen they are round, as in men: but those of horses, & cows, & sheep & goats & I think deer & camels, are oblong from corner to corner of the eye.  The pupils of the domestic cat differ from those of all other quadrupeds; for they are long & narrow, yet capable of great dilation, & standing near at right angles with the opening of the eye-lids.  The eys of wasps are said to be lunated in the shape of a crescent.
  • 1786: July 7, 1786 – Alton 
    Many swifts near Kingston.  Vast rain at Bagshot.  Hops are healthy round Alton, & Selborne.
  • 1784: July 7, 1784 – Vast damage done in various parts of the kingdom by thunder-storms & floods, from Yorkshire all across to Plymouth.
  • 1783: July 7, 1783 – The young cuckow sits upon the nest, which will no longer contain.
  • 1781: July 7, 1781 – Timothy the tortoise, who weighed April 2: after fasting all the winter on six pounds 8 oun. & 3/4: weighs now seven pounds, & one ounce: weighed last august six pounds, & fifteen ounces. From the encreased number of the Swifts, it seems as if they had brought out many of their young. About eight in the evening, Swifts get together in a large party, & course round the environs of the church, as if teaching their broods the art of flying. As yet they do not retire ’til three quarters after 8 o’ the clock; & before they withdraw, the bats come forth: so that day & night animals take each others places in a curious succession! All the swifts that play around the church do not seem to roost under it’s eaves. Some pairs, I know, reside under some of the cottage roofs. Three or four pairs of lapwings hatched their broods this summer on the common: the young, which run long before they can flie, sculk among the fern. The usually affect low, moist situations.
  • 1779: July 7, 1779 – Vipers are big with young.
  • 1777: July 7, 1777 – Winter-like: we are obliged to keep fires.
  • 1774: July 7, 1774 – Bees swarm & sheep are shorn.  My firs did not blow this year.
  • 1773: July 7, 1773 – Cut great part of my great mead.
  • 1772: July 7, 1772 – Watered the ground for planting of annuals.  Watered the garden plentifully.  Planted out a double row of China-asters.
  • 1771: July 7, 1771 – Myriads of frogs, a second brood, migrate from J. Knight’s ponds.
  • 1770: July 7, 1770 – Polygala vulg. in flower.  Mole-cricket churs.

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