14th May 1942

Got away this morning at 6.15, and trotted past Hythe Church a few minutes after 7.  It was a lovely morning, the ground heavy with dew and the air full of the sound of cuckoos.  The tower of Dedham Church projected out of the mist like a lighthouse at sea.  There were lots of horses at the Hythe, Moy’s, Co-op, and Youngs, all going out to work.  Little Robin, at the end of an eight mile run, trotted up the hill as if it was level ground.

I went up to the Castle and had a wash, and then breakfast.  This afternoon slipped out for an hour and had tea at home.

This evening I went to the Regal with Joanna to see “Hatter’s Castle”, a remarkably fine film which I much enjoyed.  I then caught the 7.30 train to Manningtree, and walked back to the Mill through Lawford Park.  Bed at 10.


Anonymous said...

Where did he leave Robin
Where is 'Home'
When is he going to get fed up with traveling to and thro to Mannigtree

E J Rudsdale said...

Sorry for the lack of clarification.
Robin would have been left at the stables in Port Lane, Colchester, which Rudsdale rented.
'Home' refers to Rudsdale's parents' house: 'Gordon Villas' in Winnock Road, New Town, Colchester.
And finally, you will have to keep following the blog (or read the book) to find out how long Eric intends to stay at Lawford! Thanks and best wishes, CP

dgw said...

Very interesting - I often find myself wondering is this a weekday or weekend. Any chance you could date the entry as "Thurs 14th May 1942" just so I don't have to keep looking it up.

Many Thanks


E J Rudsdale said...

Thanks for your comment. I've often wondered whether to include the day of the week for each diary entry as an aid to clarification, so I will start doing this in the next diary entry. Many thanks, CP