26th January 1943
Lovely fine morning, the moon brilliant at 7 o’clock. Went in by bus. Busy all morning, but very little done, people in and out all the time. Much to do about the senseless cropping forms, which gave me a headache. Slipped out this afternoon and went home to tea, then back to Holly Trees and found the Sissons there. I was thus able to get a car ride to
, and then, by good luck, met Joy and Parry there, with their car, and so rode all the way to Lawford. This is the first evening I have seen a sign of spring – light until well after 6. It was so nice out I walked up to the buildings to see my little Robin. I shall be able to drive him again soon. Dedham
During high-tea we could hear planes about, apparently going out. Joy said “We seem to be going off somewhere,” and Parry replied “Yes, trying to get another reprisal raid I suppose.” But when I looked out I saw the starlit sky full of searchlights, and several planes flying with their landing lights on, so it was only an exercise after all, and I was very glad.
Writing for the rest of the evening.