Friday, 16th February, 1866

The weather is piercingly cold, so much so that Zac could not have gone to school but for some persuasion. I thought as the day was bright and but little wind he could stand it, having lost several days during the warm, wet weather a short time ago. – – Nan missed her chill today after taking the coffee first thing this morning. It is a simple thing, but proves effective sometimes. Hardie says she gets along remarkably well with her French, as she does with every other study. Recites perfectly and improves very fast in drawing. Has very little time for work tho’. Patsy’s spinning candle wick, Martha does little more than job.