Had to go to [the Essex War Agricultural Executive Committee offices at] Writtle today, for a staff-meeting. We all went in Butterworth’s car. The
London Road did not seem to have changed very much since I last came along it, about 6 months ago. The autumn colours on the trees were very lovely. , embowered in vast trees, all gold and brown and yellow, looked most striking. Crix Park
Got away at 4.30, and did not wait for tea. Glorious sunset behind us, and a fog coming up. Went down to Bourne Mill, and then home to tea.
On duty tonight. Only one of the other men turned up. Spent the evening reading old
Essex newspapers, early 19th century. An alarm at 10 o’clock, with distant gunfire to the east. All-clear came in half an hour. Very cold tonight. Moon rising among clouds.