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but why do I talk of winter, at any rate for this year.  This is now the 20th January, and we have had as yet but four frosts, & these slight.  Nothing but rain, rain, rain.  We seem to [indecipherable] in the large Aquarium.  The consequence is that all bulbs are [indecipherable] above ground.  The Snowdrops are in blossom & the crocuses beginning to bloom, while the buds of shrubs & trees are already looking green.  Of course weather comes after this.  No flowers or fruit for 77, but sometimes I think that we shall tide over the season in that the usual amount of cold just as I hope, the hope being founded on the [indecipherable] wish that we

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