Cool this morning & raining most of the day. Most of the crops in & stacked. Blackberries in Suffolk much less forward than Kent, otherwise little difference in the vegetation. When clipping fowls' wings, clip only one wing, preferably the right (left wing keeps the ovaries warm.) Cold tea is good fertilizer for geraniums.

  • Because the previous diary entry was dated 22 August, it is likely that this was 23 August. Orwell had gone to Southwold to see his parents before leaving for North Africa; see his letter to Jack Common, 25 August, 476. The diary entry for 25 August indicates a return to Preston Hall; thus the two days at Southwold were 23 and 24 August. Peter Davison