To Marilla - Liberia Rd territory sketching -
Stop a moment at of hill above Potterville - A bright sunshiny day, with enough chill in the air to suggest maple sap running. A bluebird flies back and forth, singing on the. I broke a small twig on a maple tree (1/8 inch thick) to see how soon the sap would come. It came immediately, and kept dropping regularly (I timed it at one drop every 15 seconds.)
How good it was to be out again in the country, to feel the upsurge of spring! Park on eastern part of Liberia Rd. - Sketch of stream etc. with the sun pouring down.
It was pleasant here. It was pleasant here. It was hard to get into the of working after such a long off, made harder by the presence of a fifteen year old boy who wanted to watch me and then brought his brother from home on his wheel - They were unattractive boys, dirty, rude, and forever talking in low tones together, with an inflection in thin voices that suggested evil. Once one of them out a pack of cigarettes offered them to me with "Cigarette, Buddy" - ! - Fortunately, (as generally happens if I am only patient enough) they soon grew bored with the slow uninteresting manner in which I work, and left, much to my relief.
Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, March 20, 1942