I painted some small sketches this forenoon for Christmas presents. After dinner Mary, Sara and I went out for a walk. It was like a summer day, the sun shone brightly and the breeze from the south felt refreshing. We went through Ludlums woods and out as far as the hill opposite the Alms house where I got the sketch of the picture I sent to England. The landscape was very interesting and the skies fine. On our return we gathered bouquets of dried weeds and Sumachs which were very pretty in color. It began to rain just as we started to return and rained gently a good part of the way home.