There was an alarm at 5 o’clock, so Miss Bentley said, but I did not hear it. Have been most fortunate in not hearing alarms.
Sent in Royal Observer Corps forms. Went out to see Sier, who said the Birch Hall MSS are most interesting, and went through several with me. When I got back set Daphne to make a typescript copy of the whole thing, particularly Gray’s notebook.
Called at the “Standard” Office and saw Mary Ralling who at last admitted that Annie is dying. Did not know what to say, and there is nothing I can do. All we hear about now is the wonderful “health-schemes” that are being prepared, yet there is no means of helping an old woman dying in pain, nor even the means to get somebody to do the housework or help to nurse her. Mary can now be getting only about an hour’s sleep every night.
Back to office early after lunch, and saw Watt’s beautiful mare go sailing past at 2 o’clock, on her way home, coat and harness shining in the sunlight.
A circus on the Recreation Ground, for three days. Went along this evening to have a look at it. A few dirty motor caravans, a few tents, a “big-top” of green and white striped canvas, two or three ragged old pie-bald horses, a few tiny ponies on which children were being given rides at 3d a time, and a sad little donkey. The prices of admission were 3/6, 2/6 and 1/-. Big crowd lining up, although there was over an hour to wait. The whole set-up looked forlorn and cheap.
Apparently these people are allowed to erect their show at the Recreation Ground as part of the “holidays-at-home” attractions officially sponsored by the Town Council. Before the war, no really good circus, such as Mill’s, would be allowed to do such a thing.
Saw Marjory Purser there. She looked worn and tired, and was obviously in the family way.
Went up to Old Heath to see a man about getting a schoolboy for agricultural work, and heard all about the stupid obstructions of the Education Committee. Then to Bourne Mill, and sold my scythe to Gibbons for 7/6.
To Boxted at 8, and listened to the radio – “Itma”. Copied out more of Gray’s notes.
The District Officer says this man
Maidstone was appointed Deputy District Officer yesterday. He is only about 30, and the Chairman is
alarmed in case he should turn out to be a Conscientious Objector, “because if
he is, I’ll have nothing to do with him.”
“Dig for Victory” Exhibition in the Castle, for three days. Did not go, but hear that the collections have been roughly handled by a gang of men from the Depôt. Marshall, Park Superintendent, is in charge.
Noticed a small pit in
Mersea Road, by the
Abbey Wall, about 150 yards from the S.E. corner, dug for a gas main. At that point there is no footing to the wall
whatever, and clean sand shows about 9” under the present surface.
Hazy tonight, and the young moon rising red through it. Sound of nightingales and aeroplanes.