Monday, 5 December, 1864

Very beautiful weather. Had the turnips put away today. A great fall short in the crop, had only 4 pounds. Hardie fixed up his gun and he and Bill went out ducking, but killed nothing. Came back and took a snack and started out hunting partridges. – – Bake assisted me in the dining room about casing sausages, &c. – – Had Hardie’s clothes washed by Parky today. He has not had washing done for three months and I think he might go six months longer and not get through his wardrobe, for I believe he has from 20 to 25 doz. pieces of some articles.