26.7.39.

Fine & warm. Finished thatching hay, as well as it can be done, which is not very well. However this is practice for another occasion when there is more hay. Stack is about 8’ x 6’ by 5’ at highest point. Hoed out cabbages & turnips, both doing well.
11 eggs (1 small). Sold 35 @ 2/6 score (4/3 – ought to have been 4/4½).

[NOTE] Probably about the 26 July Orwell wrote to the Scientific Poultry Breeders’ Association about the Food Purchase Scheme it ran for members. His letter has not survived, but one from S. R. Harvey, General Manager and Secretary of S.P.B.A. Supplies, Ltd. dated 28 July, gives details of discounts allowed on poultry feedstuffs, and also encloses details of association membership. Peter Davison

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6 Responses to 26.7.39.

  1. The Ridger says:

    Okay, I admit I’m baffled by this: “Sold 35 @ 2/6 score (4/3 – ought to have been 4/41/2).” If it’s money, I have no clue how a 41 got in there!

  2. Fay Shirley says:

    GO is saying he should have received four shillings and four and a half pence, but only got four shillings and three pence.

  3. Max says:

    All this counting of ha’pences sounds like Gordon Comstock wonder whether he can afford another packet of fags.

    Max

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  5. W P Garddner says:

    Probably it means 4s 4 1/2d.

  6. The Ridger says:

    Ah! Not 41/2 but 4 and 1/2. I didn’t think about half-pennies. Thanks!

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