Hot. A very few drops of rain in the evening.
Red mite is bad in the henhouses, partly no doubt owing to one or two hot days. Dealt with them with boiling water & sulphur afterwards, hoping this will be effective. NB. That plumber’s blowlamp would be the best thing. Hen’s appetite is off as usual in hot weather. Planted out a few cos lettuce, otherwise nothing except weeding. The pumpkin has now taken hold but is still a small plant. The watersnail has laid some eggs. Don’t [know] whether these creatures are bisexual or not.
NB. That for storage purposes in tanks etc., 20 gallons[a] space will hold about 1 cwt of meal, or more of grain (say 1¼cwt.)
14 eggs (2 small – believe 1 pullet is now laying).
[a] NB. That apparently 20 galls. equals almost exactly 3 cubic ft. [Orwell’s note]
 Orwell omitted ‘know’ in starting a new page. Peter Davison