Tuesday, 1 August, 1865

Very pleasant weather now. Hardie and Zac took an excursion up the river. Went as far as Walkerton Mill fishing. Only caught a few perch and a chub. Bill rode to the Acquinton Church to get some part belonging to a plough of Mr. Houchings. Paid $3 and something for it. They all returned just after we had dined. – – I am feeling very much debilitated still. In bed most of the day. – – With Pigeo’s assistance, made some very nice pear preserves, also a few blue plums peeled. The first I ever made. My sugar was indifferent though or they would all have been extra nice. Pigeo undertook them, I instructed her. – – Bake trimmed and altered another dress, lilac borage trimmed beautifully with crepe trimming Hardie brought from Europe. She certainly works with dispatch and neatness. – – Parky did washing for herself, husband and children yesterday evening and today, then went in the potato patch with Patsy and Beck and laid up the vines and worked the potatoes. They get on slowly though. Bill grovelled a few yesterday.1Now we have grovelled! (See 19 October, 1864.) I suppose it is OK just so they come out of the ground whole. They will be very fine I think. – – He bought 11 lbs. sturgeon on his way home. Paid $.55 for it, very nice.