Still, sunny & fairly warm. Ground a good deal dryer. Planted out 10 Canterbury bells, about 20 sweet williams, 20 carnations, 25 wallflowers (flame). Continue tomorrow if not raining. Added some more to compost heap. Staked some of the crysanthemums° etc. T. has not got the stakes yet so cannot finish off hen-run. Yesterday snapped the handle of the spade, but it seems one can get a new handle without having to buy a whole spade. Made a little apple jam, experimentally, but does not seem great success. Have made about 25 lb. of jam altogether.

8 eggs. Sold 25 @ 3/- score.

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  2. Max says:

    What does the story of the broken spade-handle tell us? George, who likes a fight (remember Spain?) has tried to join the forces but has failed his medical. Now he’s taking it out on the weeds and garden pests at the Stores, Wallington. And so vigorously is he attacking the enemy that his trusty weapon has broken in his hands. God help the first German who walks through that garden gate – especially if G has bought himself a modernized, up-to-the-minute implement – the Super-blade Mark II.

    And I hope he doesn’t go into his own store and ask Eileen for ‘Fork-handles’, ‘cos we all know how misunderstandings arise.

  3. It isn’t until June of next year that Blair is declared “Unfit for any kind of military service” by the Medical Board.


    During the war we in USA planted Victory Gardens as part of the war effort. What happened in England? Did George have to cut down on his flowers?

  5. Max says:

    JM3 is probably right, but he did declare his eagerness to fight to Ethel Mannin, a pacifist, who couldn’t believe what he was saying. This in Complee Works of GO fro October 1939:

    After what he had written in Coming Up for Air, Mannin said she was ‘bitched buggered and bewildered’ by the last paragraph of Orwell’s letter. He had evidently written that he wanted to join the army. ‘I can’t think, ‘ she wrote, ‘of any reason why you should want to fight unless to get into the army and do anti war propaganda there but you don’t indicate that. I thought you “went off the boil in 1916,” I thought you thought it all crazy, this smashing in of Nazi faces. For the luv of Mike write a few lines to lighten our darkness. Even a p.c. if you don’t feel like another letter.’

  6. Fay Shirley says:

    Yes, Leslie S., in the UK people were encouraged to “Dig for Victory” – to grow as much food as possible. My parents dug up their lawn and planted potatoes. In the village I live now the village green was ploughed up to grow food.

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