1.7.42

At Callow End, Worcs. (staying on a farm). [1] No noise except aeroplanes, birds and the mowers cutting the hay. No mention of the war except with reference to the Italian prisoners, who are working on some of the farms. They seem to be considered good workers and for fruit-picking are preferred to the town people who come down from Worcester and are described as “artful”. In spite of the feeding difficulties, plenty of pigs, poultry, geese and turkeys about. Cream for every meal at this place. [2]

[Huge bombers flying overhead all day. Also aeroplanes doing extraordinary things, eg. Towing other planes by a wire (perhaps gliders?) or carrying smaller planes perched on their backs.]

[1] This was Orwell’s only break of any length whilst working for the BBC. He stayed at Callow End, Worcestershire and spent much of the time fishing from Sunday 28 June to Saturday 11 July. He was passionately keen on fishing even though, on this occasion, fish, and the beer, were in short supply. He listed what he caught on the penultimate page of Volume 3 of this War-time Diary. IT amounted to eighteen dace (though one might have been a roach), two eels and one perch. On five days he caught nothing.

[2] Although some cream-making was permitted for sale locally, production on the normal scale and general distribution had been stopped to conserve resources.  

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