Monthly Archives: May 2009

21.5.39.

Today & yesterday fine, but it is still not any too warm. Roses here are in full bud & almost out. Greenfly very bad. Lupins almost out. London Pride (kind of large saxifrage) is out. The gardener here[1] says that … Continue reading

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16.5.39.

[from 16 May the Diary is again in Orwell’s hand] London: Weather for the most part showery, with fine intervals. In Greenwich Park, chestnuts, pink chestnuts (but not Spanish ones) in flower, also lilac, hawthorn. Some of the wild ducks … Continue reading

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9.5.39.

Young pigeon in nest outside hospital window.

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8.5.39.

Visit to Wallington. Plum blossom over, apple full out (a great quantity). First peas 1/2”- 1” tall. First beans 3”. Second beans not showing. Rhubarb growing but not good (? Protection necessary here for good crop; Mr A. [1] has all … Continue reading

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3.5.39.

Outside Miller Hospital[1], starlings & sparrows stripping bark, apparently to make nests. Some small boughs completely stripped. [1] The reference to Miller hospital, the visit to Greenwich, where Eileen’s brother, Laurence O’Shaughnessy, lived and Eileen’s writing the diary may indicate … Continue reading

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