Saturday 18 Nov 1815 (p. 4, col. 5)
NOTICES in NATURAL HISTORY.
Amongst the productions of the season, which have been remarkable for size, is a turnip of the weight of 32lbs. which was grown in the neighbourhood of this city, which measured in circumference 3ft. 6in. and was produced by Mr. Geo. HUTTON, at Foul-Bridge.
Messrs. HEWSON and Sons, manufacturers, Caldewgate, have in their garden there, a tree which is bearing a second crop of pearsówell-grown, fine-flavoured fruit.
In the garden of Mr. PRICHETT, at Sutton in Holderness, a bed of strawberries is at this time in bloom, and many of them set for fruit.
Last week was dug up in a field belonging to W. COLEBANK, Esq. of Egremont, a single stem of potatoe, which had at the root 167 potatoes!
In the garden of Mr. COOMBE, of Egremont, there is a primrose in full blow; and the same plant was in full blow at Christmas last year.
One of the most remarkable proofs of the uncommon mildness of the season is, that at North Ferraby, near Hull, there is at present a rook's nest with young in it; and one or more others with eggs.
Last week a gentleman in this place (says the Ayr Advertiser
), on breaking open his egg at breakfast, was surprised to see two small worms set up their snouts, and then plunge below. Not being disposed to relish such a morsel, he handed the egg to a friend, when, on spreading the contents on a plate, there were found two worms, about an inch long, besides a great many smaller, all living! What is remarkable, it was ascertained that the egg had been boiled four minutes, it had no smell, and appeared otherwise quite fresh. Reproduced with kind permission of British Newspaper Archives