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May 11 1983 - Wednesday - 34° at 6AM - Cloudy - became mostly sunny but cold and windy. Took 7:24 train from Brewster - NYC at 9 AM - Saw Gail - Anne - Mr Long - to White Plains on 10:48 where Wes met me. He had come thru Ridgefield to buy liquor. To Sassafras where Ed Teelaw - Lou [[Stroebl]] - Vernon Schneider - Bob and Doris Dorsch - Mary and Ray Brady were our guests for luncheon - To Nobel's Nursery - bought 2 Tiarella cordifolia and couple for Rock Garden - home to plant them. Grouse's log house delivered - lots of logs. To 7:30 PM Mass 1984 - Friday - 45° at 6 AM - Sunny - breezy - high wind late afternoon. Rose Breasted Grosbeak at feeder. I dug plants from Helene Merrick's garden (helped Teri) and worked alone at Ada Franken's - taking plants to Ballard - home at 1 pm. Hollandia planted Linden tree - left 2 Rhododendron, 3 Stokes Ilex - White Pine for us to plant. Wes turned over compost - redid upper planting bed - started backfill of new wall. 1985 - Saturday - 62° at 5:30 - Up early - Keeler Tavern trip to Salem, Mass. Fair, very warm day. Left Keeler Tavern about 8:30 - 26 people - 4 hour drive to Salem, box lunch enroute. Saw Essex Museum, Gardner-Pingree House - John Ward House - Pickering House (oldest continuously occupied by same family) Mrs Pickering showed us through - had toured Pierce-Nichols House (last occupant had left inventory?) Hawthorne Inn - drink with Alex & Helen - dinner at Chase House. 1986 - Sunday - on Keeler Tavern Trip - Warrington Motor Lodge - Eileen with us - breakfast before 8:30 Mass at St. Joseph's Church, bus left at 10 o'clock for Bowman's Hill and Tower - Washington Crossing - McConkey's Inn and Park - Pennsbury Manor - beautiful setting on Delaware River - home of William Penn - restored - left for home at 4 pm - reached Tavern at 6:50 - home for drink and supper. 1987 - Monday - Beautiful day - over 70°. Eileen had spent night with us. She left after breakfast - and after we washed her car - to pick up dog at Lake Street Kennel - we put all plants outdoors - I cut grass - Wes brought soil to fill (cover) sand at new shrub border over deck - I cut grass - edged perennial bed - Wes transplanted 1 Pink Balloon Exbury from area above Pipes to spot above front walk outside bathroom window - Watered new grass on South Side, doing well. Dug up one more Mayapple from Step Garden & put it with others along Bog walk. Tired. To Marcus for milk after dinner. May 12 1983 - (Ascension) - Thursday - 35° at 6 AM - Clear - cool. Packed - left at 8:15 for gasoline - to Garden-in-the-Woods, Framingham, Mass - walked trails - admired many beautiful plantings - bought a dozen plants - went to Sturbridge to inquire re visit in October. Had late lunch at Public House - had only two suites - area very commercial - decided on ride home not to go there. Also decided to come on home as originally planned to overnight at Longfellow's Wayside Inn. Reached home at 6:30 - good day but glad to be home. (300 miles total) 1984 - Saturday - 53° at 6:30 - Cloudy but a good working day - thunderstorm at 5:30. Quarter inch rain Sun. AM. Busy day - did wash - Wes backfilled behind new stone wall - southeast vegetable garden - I cleaned out compost bed for its corner where will plant zucchini - dug up three Christmas ferns for the deck corner. Wes started on spreading the pine bark mulch on Wood Knoll - looks great. I cut grass just before storm. Transplanted baby lettuce. Wes moved dogwood from Wood Knoll to path to Wood pile. 1985 - Saturday - In Salem, Mass. - Hawthorne Inn - Keeler Tavern Trip - early breakfast - 8:30 Mass at Immaculate Conception Church - visited National Maritime Site at Derby Wharf - Custom House - House of Seven Gables and Hawthorne's Birthplace - Brunch at Hawthorne Inn - toured Peabody Museum - beautiful ship models - China trade articles - left at 3:30 - reached Tavern at 7 o'clock - Home at 7:30 - drink and soup - bed - good trip. Very dry here - had light shower in Salem and cold breeze. 1986 - Monday. Cool morning - beautiful day - need rain - Eileen here for breakfast - left before 8 o'clock to pick up Boo at Craighead - she was fine. [[strikethrough]] Wes [[/strikethrough]] Chimney man here to clean den fireplace and chimney and oil burner chimney. We went on Wildflower Walk at Ruth Sunley's - home at 12:30 for lunch - nap. Wes chipped more leaves. I transplanted Cleome and Echeveria - split up strawberries for Garden Mart and our garden - watering what I could - very dry. Tired - to bed at 1 pm - Still have loads of papers to read. 1987 - Tuesday - 60° at 6 AM - Hazy, became mostly beautiful day - some drops of rain mid-afternoon but then cleared - too bad as after last hot weather of last few days would like it for transplants. Wes has a sore throat but he put leaf chips on triangle off deck & worked on area behind shed. I worked at Ballard Garden with ladies, shopping for groceries enroute home. Lunch & nap. We transplanted Leucothoe opposite Pipes - moved Iris and Hosta = More black flies than we've ever experienced. McFarlane's testimony on Iran Contra deal very boring!
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