A Breath of Fresh Air
And it was on this day in 1903 that the author George Orwell was born.
Over the past few decades, Orwell's diaries have been made public. Across from his entry for October 3, 1946, there is a map for a fruit and vegetable garden.
Orwell hoped to set up a small farm on the property, that he called Barnhill, on the island of Jura.
In reality, Orwell's health was not good when he was on the island.
Before he arrived, he had actually received a diagnosis of tuberculosis. Working in the vegetable garden was considered good for him because, at that time, being in the fresh air was considered part of the treatment for tuberculosis.
The last entry in his diary is for December 1949. It reads:
“Snowdrops all over the place. A few tulips showing. Some wallflowers still trying to flower.”