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Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Along the Fence in July, 1939; watercolor on paper, 15 x 21 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Along the Fence in July, 1939; watercolor on paper, 15 x 21 inches; Image courtesy of the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 5, 1962

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Both of us up at eight having the back hall on our minds. I was downstairs first; and was surprised to find all the canned goods removed, and the shelves askew. When I asked Bertha for an explanation, she laughed and said that she had come down in the night and just touched one of the shelves, and everything collapsed at once – so she moved all the cans to the dining room.

All morning rebuilding the shelves, and sorting out things to be thrown away. Peggy came over about 10:30 to help out.

After our noonday meal, Bertha insisted I go and lie down a while – I did so, and slept soundly until after two – I came downstairs and found Bertha dozing to the concert from Toronto –

To the studio, worked in readying a mount for the new “Bearded Hills of August” –
At three o’clock from Toronto came a recording of the Brahms Third Symphony – the third movement always brings to my memory the spring of 1923, of Bertha and Cherry Creek –

Evening to Creams for a snack – then back home – Peggy & I played canfield while Bertha rested.

Called Vi & Art – We agreed that it would be fine for them to come visit tomorrow. I called the Town Oak Motel – and got their last large room with double beds –

Evening music Vaughan-Williams Folk Song Suite and Norfolk Rhapsody –
Virgil Thomson’s – The River & Plow that broke the Plains Suites.

Charles E. Burchfield, Journals, July 5, 1962

 

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