Tuesday, 27th February, 1866

The weather quite cool, some ice today. – – Got Hardie to take a bushel sweet potatoes up to Liv to exchange for Irish. He sent me 1½ bushels. Dipped a nice parcel of candles today, 56 sticks, ½ doz. on each. Hardie and Nan amused themselves at it awhile and assisted me right much. I was really tired when I came out of the kitchen. – – My hens commenced laying this week. Have 21 in all and two roosters, a gobbler and 4 turkey hens. – – Ju sent me a few garden seed by Hardie, kale, parsnips, cabbage and asparagus. We all took supper in the chamber tonight. Hardie and Zac were in the river till late.