Sharp frost during night & hens’ water frozen. Snow & sleet during most of the day. Short sunny intervals. Blossom seems undamaged.
Perennial alyssum coming into flower. Scyllas° & grape hyacinths coming to an end.
Starlings very busy obtaining straw for nests. Mrs Anderson heard cuckoo at 5.45. Caught a thrush in the kitchen, unhurt; a full-grown bird, very yellow inside beak.
Sixteen eggs (highest).
 A neighbour who ‘did’ for the Orwells, according to Monica Bald in Remembering Orwell, 115. Peter Davison