Some sun today, & for a little while in the afternoon a little thaw in the sun, everywhere else freezing hard. Evidently the frost has been harder the last night or two, as indoor water pipes are frozen again. Dishes of water left in the kitchen sink now freeze almost solid. This must be the longest cold snap since 1916-17, when we had very similar weather (about end of February 1917).

9 eggs.

The rime everywhere is almost like snow. Today an egg rolled out of one of the houses & got frozen. On breaking it find that the white goes to a substance like jelly with bubbles in it & the yoke° goes to a consistency like that of stiff putty.

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7 Responses to 15.1.40

  1. The Ridger says:

    He IS. He is experimenting with bowls of water. I adore this man.

  2. Greg says:

    So- is that 10 eggs, 9 unfrozen and 1 frozen, or 9 eggs – 1 frozen = 8 sellable? Raising the question of exactly what the egg count is for– the Ministry of Plenty, or a monitoring of poultry breeding habits by the Ministry of Love?

    Perhaps he just doesn’t wash his dishes before bed. I’ve heard people do that.

  3. Gwilym W says:

    George, that’s highly interesting about the dates of the longest cold snaps being 1916 and 1940 (both 2 years into the war). I wonder if all the bombing and shooting has an effect on the weather. I suppose it must do after 2 years of things exploding and being set on fire and what have you. Perhaps it builds up a layer of dust in stratosphere and blocks out the power of the sun?

  4. The start of the war is generally held to be September 1, 1939 (4½ months ago) with the German invasion of Poland; Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.

  5. Gwilym W says:

    Another theory bites the dust!

  6. Tom says:

    Pretty long cold snap in the UK now:


  7. Stephen says:

    @Greg Excellent questions. This freeze is jeopardising the integrity of the egg count. We need another column between eggs laid and eggs sold, right next to eggs eaten: call it ‘eggs subjected to winter experimentation’.

    Dishes of water in a sink freeze solid – what about sinks full of dishes? But I imagine George would be a man who washes all his dishes (his dish?) immediately after eating.

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