There was evidently some rain last night. This morning overcast & rather chilly, then from 4-6 in the afternoon heavy rain.
Finished hoeing maincrop potatoes, which are now practically all up. (There are 4 rows Epicure, 10 of Red King & 2 of King Edward. Excluding the Epicures, this ought to give about 3 cwt. of potatoes).
The hen sitting the duck eggs has twice moved them across the coop, presumably because moles burrowing below trouble her, but she seems to be sitting them all right.
E. planted out lobelia.
12 eggs.


NOTE: Coming Up for Air was published by Victor Gollancz Ltd on 12 June 1939, and in the United States in 1950 by Harcourt, Brace and Company. Gollancz printed 2,000 copies, and a further 1,000 were required almost immediately. They sold out in a couple of years. A second edition was published in 1948 by Secker & Warburg, as the first volume of their Uniform Edition of Orwell; see Crick, 375-76…

Elizabeth Bowen reviewed Coming Up for Air in Purpose, 11, October-December 1939, with three other novels, advising her readers: ‘This is a book to read now.’ Peter Davison

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5 Responses to 12.6.39.

  1. The Ridger says:

    There are going to be confused birds when those eggs hatch….

  2. Decoded: (automatically generated)

    The sitting duck moved. Moles burrowing. Trouble to be.

    The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.

    Red flags are flying. The intrigue is becoming laced with dread as the clock ticks towards days of future past. It is not possible to communicate verbally to the other side of the wormhole, even with a bullhorn, that, “Civilization is about to explode!” All the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind…..

  3. Before the war! How long shall we go on saying that, I wonder? How long before the answer will be ‘Which war?’


  4. Pingback: 3rdBlog from the….. » Blog Archive » Stereoscopic Squinting

  5. ‘Bestial atrocities. . . . Hideous outbursts of sadism. . . . Rubber truncheons. . . . Concentration camps. . . . Iniquitous persecution of the Jews. . . . Back to the Dark Ages. . . . European civilization. . . . Act before it is too late. . . . Indignation of all decent peoples. . . . Alliance of the democratic nations. . . . Firm stand. . . . Defence of democracy. . . . Democracy. . . . Fascism. . . . Democracy. . . . Fascism. . . . Democracy. . . .’


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