Nice spring weather. Sowed 1 row carrots. Finished weeding strawberries, & applied a little manure. Place for broad beans now about fit to sow.

One or two daffodils opening in garden. Except for Innes’ meadow beyond the Lodge, it is now ploughed up all the way from Wallington to Baldock, thanks to the subsidy.

19 eggs. Total this week: 120 (25 hens – probably our record lay.)

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7 Responses to 30.3.40

  1. That’s quite a respectable record indeed.

  2. Stephen says:

    Congratulations George. What a fabulous set of hens you do have.

    I think this is the first time you have told us the hen population allowing us to calculate and admire their eggy productivity: I make it an average 0.68 eggs per hen per day.

    BTW, what subsidy? presumably to encourage food production but it would be interesting to know more.

  3. Slice and dice eggs, onions and chicken breasts into 3/16 inch cubes. Add mayonnaise. Mix gently. Apply 1 cup of said mixture to one of two slices of toasted, freshly-baked, white bread. Apply a ¼ inch-thick slice of freshly-picked tomato atop the mixture, salt liberally, apply the 2nd slice of toast atop that and then slice diagonally. Serve with a handful of chilled, home-made dill pickle spears, a tall, icy cola and a napkin.


    Could someone please tell me more about the subsidy.

  5. Donna says:

    Well it’s alright for some, isn’t it George? I was really keen to get some gardening done today however it’s absolutely tipping it down.


  6. Fay Shirley says:

    It seems we were told about the subsidy a few months ago on New Year’s Day. See https://orwelldiaries.wordpress.com/tag/ploughing/. We are told:
    “The £2 an acre subsidy for ploughing up grassland said to cover the costs of ploughing including labour. Tractor said to use about 10 galls. paraffin to plough an acre.”

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