This week’s diary excerpts include Ella’s observations about haying. Ella didn’t participate, but was a keen observer of the weather. Her entries mention a number of neighbors and relatives – there were too many to review them all. Key figures were her boarder/farm hand Mr. Wood, and her brother Bartlett, who lived across the road.
Imagine the amount of work to mow, hopefully with the help of a farm horse or team, and then to rake it all by hand.
This week’s longer entry gives an idea of how much was going on at the farm on a typical day.