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Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 62 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 66 page 62
have your horse go slowly and steadily enough to permit the ring to be easily speared. Happy May Days in the English Hills. How we looked forward to the occasions for weeks and made every preparation for their enjoyment. It was the one festival in the year of which we were sure. Christmas required money and there was not much Christmas some years on account of the hard times. Sometimes there was a Fourth-of-July celebration _ but it was uncertain and did not carry the sylvan out-of-door delights that went with May Day _ purest and sweetest festival of the year. (July 1932).  -Hawkins ranch. cf. Men and Manners notebook, vol. 14, p. 93.  ::::::::: The Orchard Trees One of the surest of fruits was the Mission Fig, brought by the Franciscan Fathers from Spain via Mexico into California, and thus distributed through all valleys with hot dry summers. The tree did well with us, its great trunk parting into huge arms and making a broad round crown that rested on the ground. It was a nice tree for a boy to climb. Best of all it bore two crops of fruit, the early crop ripening in the last day of June and early July made a large luscious fig that we like best when so dead ripe as to hang limply straight down on its branch. The second crop came in September and was rather more abundant but the figs were smaller. The figs fell to the ground and cured of themselves in our arid summers, and thus
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