15.8.39.

Hot. Had some damsons stewed (rather sour.) Ground dries up very rapidly. A few larkspurs coming into flower, roses coming into second bloom (most of them not good owing to the species of blight they have this year). The pumpkin’s largest shoot now about a yard long & 1 female flower. Not certain whether it can make its growth in time, 1e. in the next 6-8 weeks. Found another dead shrew. Wasps beginning to be troublesome. The new snail has laid a lot of eggs. Now that the white broody is off her nest, something finds & eats her eggs. Suspect cat, but might be rats, jackdaws or the hens.
Only 2/11 each (ie. 2/8 without commission) for 7-week ducklings weighing 4 1/4lb. At this rate there is only a few pence profit on each bird, but we are buying mash in small quantities at which it costs 1 1/2lb.  At the price of Full-o-Pep (11/10 per lb) there would be more.
11 eggs (2 small).

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5 Responses to 15.8.39.

  1. The Ridger says:

    Wait, what? Hens eat eggs?

  2. J Harold Hutchinson says:

    Yes! And crows and magpies eat eggs too and they will also eat fledglings which is why we are having fewer birds around here.

  3. As if things weren’t gloomy enough, there is a blight on the roses.
    I am fond of paragraphs such as the last one in this post—it resembles a hieroglyphic math problem from a parallel universe I once encountered.
    Surrounded by a mob of voracious vermin, felines and poultry a shrew lies dead, having given his life to protect the expectant mama snail. Little quacking ducklings are dragged to the market and sold to the highest bidder.
    Holding out hope for at least one pumpkin before it’s too late.

    Query:
    Is it because the ground dries up very rapidly that the stewed damsons are rather sour? If so, or if not, is this a good thing or bad? Send a sample.

  4. Steve says:

    I think if the hens were eating the eggs, we would have seen an escalation involving increasing incidents of egg pecking. Has anyone heard of cats eating eggs? Rats are in White Broody’s Room 101!

  5. Amy says:

    And he is selling the birds aswell? He is commissioned to breed them? by whom?

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