Posted by sydney on Jul 18th, 2009
Happy Birthday Gilbert White!
- 1792: July 18, 1792 – Men cut their meadows. Mr Churton came.
- 1790: July 18, 1790 – Mrs Clement & daughters came.
- 1788: July 18, 1788 – Fly-catcher feeds his sitting hen, Mrs H.W., Bessy, & Lucy came.
- 1786: July 18, 1786 – Gathered & preserved some Rasps.
- 1785: July 18, 1785 – Savoys & artichokes over-run with aphides. The Fly-catcher in the vine sits on her eggs, & the cock feeds her. She has four eggs.
- 1781: July 18, 1781 – Bramshot-place Lapwings haunt the uplands still. Farmers complain that their wheat is blited. At Bramshot-place, the house of Mr Richardson, in the wilderness near the stream, grows wild, & in plenty, Sorbus aucuparia, the quicken-tree, or mountain-ash, Rhamnus frangula, berry-bearing alder; & Teucrium scorodonia, wood-sage, & whortle-berries. The soil is sandy. In the garden at Dowland’s, the seat, lately, of Mr Kent, stands a large Liriodendrum tulipifera, or tulip-tree, which was in flower. The soil is poor sand; but produces beautiful pendulous Larches. Mr R’s garden, tho’ a sand, abounds in fruit, & in all manner of good & forward kitchen-crops. Many China-asters this spring seeded themselves there, and were forward; some cucumber-plants also grew-up of themselves from the seeds of a rejected cucumber thrown aside last autumn. The well at Downland’s is 130 feet deep; at Bramshot place.. Mr R’s garden is at an average a fortnight before mine.
- 1778: July 18, 1778 – We have never had rain enough to lay the dust since saturday June 13: now five weeks. By watering the fruit-trees we have procured much young wood. The thermometer belonging to my brother Thomas White of South Lambeth was in the most shady part of his garden on July 5th & July 14th: up at 88, a degree of heat not very common even at Gibraltar!! July 5: Thermr at Lyndon in Rutland 85.
- 1777: July 18, 1777 – Swifts dash & frolick about, & seem to be teaching their young the use of their wings. Thatched my rick of meadow-hay with the damaged St foin instead of straw. Bees begin gathering at three o’clock in the morning: Swallows are stirring at half hour after two.
- 1773: July 18, 1773 – Lound thunder shower. Mrs Snooke of Ringmere near Lewes had a coach-horse killed by this tempest: the horse was at grass just before the house.
- 1772: July 18, 1772 – Frequent sprinklings, but not enough all day to lay the dust. The dry fit has lasted six weeks this day.
- 1769: July 18, 1769 – Moor-buzzard, milvus aeruginosus, has young. It builds in low shrubs on wild heaths. Five young.
- 1768: July 18, 1768 – The country is drenched with wet, and quantities of hay were spoiled.