July 9

Posted by sydney on Jul 9th, 2009
  • 1792: July 9, 1792 – The Provost & Lady left us.  Thunder in the night, & most part of the day to the S. & S.E.  Yellow evening.
  • 1791: July 9, 1791 – A cuckoo cries in my Brors garden: some birds of that sort have frequented this place all the summer.  Young swallows at Stockewell.  In Mr Malcolm’s garden there is a bed of small silver firs, the tops of which are all killed by the frosts in June.  The hothouses of this Gent. afford a most noble appearance; & his plantations are grand, & splendid.  Passion-flower begins to blow in the open air.  Cucumbers are scarce, & sell for 2 1/2 d. a piece. Crops of pease go off.  Some cleri trenched out form the seedling bed.
  • 1790: July 9, 1790 – Gathered our first beans, long pods.  Planted-out annuals.
  • 1788: July 9, 1788 – Bunches of snake’s eggs are found under some straw near the hot-beds.  Several snakes haunted my out-let this summer, & cast their sloughs in the garden, & elsewhere.  Cran-berries are offered at the door.
  • 1786: July 9, 1786 – Roses, sweet-williams, pinks, white & orange lilies make a gaudy show in my garden.  Annuals are stunted for want of rain.  Mr White’s tank at Newton measure three feet in water.
  • 1785: July 9, 1785 – Ants swarm on the stairs: their male-flies leave them, & fill the windows: their females do not yet appear.
  • 1783: July 9, 1783 – Bees have thriven well this summer, being assisted by the honey-dews, which have abounded this year.
  • 1779: July 9, 1779 – A surprizing humming of bees all over the common, tho’ none can be seen!  This is frequently the case in hot weather.
  • 1776: July 9, 1776 – Bees are very quarrelsome, and stung me.
  • 1774: July 9, 1774 – Young swifts helpless squabs still. Young martins not out.
    *  I procured a bricklayer to open the tiles in several places of my Bro.s brewhouse in order to examine the state of swift’s nests at that season, & the number of their young.  This enquiry confirmed my suspicions that they never lay more than two eggs at a time: for in several nests which we discovered, there were only two squab young apiece.  As swifts breed but once in a summer, & the other hirundines twice: the latter, who lay from four to six eggs, encrease five times as fast as the former: & therefore it is not to be wondered that swifts are very numerous.
  • 1773: July 9, 1773 – Hay makes well.  Flocks of lapwings on the common.  After breeding they forsake the moory places, & take to the high grounds.
  • 1772: July 9, 1772 – Meadow-hay begins to be cut.  Some barley in ear: wheat uneven.  Watered annuals.  Finished cutting the tall hedges.
  • 1768: July 9, 1768 – The capsule of the tway-blade bursts at a touch, & scatters the dust-like seed on all sides.

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