25th July 1943
Woke at 7. Cell very cold and clammy. Went over to Holly Trees and worked in my office until 9.30, then (on sudden impulse) went round to Molly Blomfield’s in
Trinity Street. She was cooking breakfast in her
pyjamas. Gave me a cup of tea. Stayed an hour, talking about the photographic survey [for the National Buildings Record].
Home, bathed, shaved, had lunch, packed up, and cycled to
. Saw two very smart tub-traps on the Dedham Ipswich Road. At
the street was full of boys and girls cycling down to the river to bathe. Dedham
Found Mrs. Sisson at home, and she said that Joy would like me to stay at
for about 10 days while the harvest is on, to make room for extra helpers. Mrs. Sisson is wonderfully kind, and always
willing to help in a case like this. Dedham
Stayed to tea. Mr. and Mrs. Mackworth-Raeburn there. He is 82, she not more than 40. They live round the corner near
Pond Lane. He is a most extraordinary old man, and knew
Whistler quite well. He used to do a lot
of work at , copying royal
portraits. These copies were sent out to
various embassies and consulates. He
frequently saw Queen Buckingham
but she would never speak to him direct, only through a third person. He said she was exceptionally short, barely 5
feet. George V was also very short, and
when photographed with Queen Mary would stand on a stool, the Queen’s long
skirt being spread in front of it. Both
he and Queen Mary would often chat to Mackworth-Raeburn when he was working at Victoria . Windsor
The poor old chap lost his studio in a raid, and now has almost nothing left at all.
Cycled back to Lawford at 9, lovely cool evening. Worked at my desk until 11.30, then bed.