This afternoon stables, field, and an hour in the office. After tea to Seymour’s. Miss Coope the schoolmistress was there. I was interested to hear her say that the Government were fools to take away precautions to minimise damage to civilian property at Brest when bombing the [German warships] “Scharnhorst” and the “Grieseman”. French civilians are of no importance, and deserve death anyway for “letting us down”. Saunders agreed, and said the French were “yellow” all through. Yet this woman is teaching young girls!
Mrs. Seymour showed me a photo taken last week of four generations – Alan’s baby, Alan, Pa Seymour, and his father. Facial resemblance most remarkable. Alan is now a dentist in the R.A.F., with the rank of Flying Officer. Left at 11p.m., and saw Miss Coope home. Fine, but very cold. Looks like more snow. Everything frozen solid at the Castle.