Warm. A very short light shower in the evening. Weeded out the strawberries, as well as could be done, & picked off such as were ripe. More berries forming, but doubt if we shall get any now the nets are off.[a] Yesterday found a late thrushe’s° nest with one egg (bird on it). One white hen missing – possibly sitting somewhere on a nest, but afraid she is lost, as she has been gone since yesterday.
14 eggs. Sold 2 score @ 2/8. Total this week: 86[b].
Butcher says hens are laying better again, so eggs will go down [in price].

[Orwell’s notes]

[a] Up to taking off the nets, about 71/2lb @6d a lb = 3/9.

[b] Improvement of 10 on last week. Hens have been on Karswood since 4.7.39.

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4 Responses to 15.7.39.

  1. Max says:

    A missing white hen, eh? I don’t suppose its name was Snowaball?


  2. Roving Thundercloud says:

    Roses still going full force. Sedum, hydrangea, and the whole daisies-chrysanthemums-marigolds group are in full flower. Blackberries have set but still mostly green.

    Ducks at the local lake raising a 2nd hatch, it would seem, or were some just late to mate and lay? The now-adolescent squirrels are now waxing very cheeky.

  3. The Ridger says:

    White hens are always at risk; they’re too visible to predators.

  4. Steve says:

    What did the lame hen see?

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