[On 24 June Orwell went to Southwold to be with his father, who was very ill. Richard Blair died of cancer of the rectum on 28 June. Orwell was by his bedside. He returned to Wallington on 30 June. From 24-30 June the Diary is written in Eileen’s hand. Peter Davison]
Overcast & showery all morning but sunny periods later & less cold. Goats out all day for the first time this week. A few very fine scabious out in the hedgerows but wild flowers much scarcer than a week or two ago. Albertine rose showing more colour but not yet out; this & the bush roses have been in bud for a fortnight or more. Began earthing up maincrop potatoes. No gaps, though rather uneven growth.
14 eggs. Total for week: 96
 Total was added later, in Orwell’s hand. Peter Davison