10th May 1944

Many planes going out about 8.  Saw the blinds were down at Winnock Lodge – poor Annie is dead after all her months of suffering.  ‘Planes going out all morning and afternoon, but quiet after tea.

Alderman Blomfield ‘phoned this morning about the costumes at Miss Irwins.  Told him that there was nothing I could do as Poulter is so opposite to the idea of the Museum acquiring them.  This evening when I was at Bourne Mill, Cr. Smallwood came along, and we had a long talk.  He looked terribly ill, but says he is coming back to work soon.  Talked of the future of the Museum, but got nowhere, as usual.

A huge convoy of new heavy tanks came by, on their way to Langenhoe marshes to test their guns on the ranges there.

Boxted at 9.30.  Many ‘planes went out between 10.45 and 11.00, and then hundreds more from 11.00 to 11.30.  We could trace their red lights streaming across the sky, line upon line, the whole world seemingly fitted with the terrifying roar which made the windows rattle.  The moon was bright, rising in the distance behind the Asylum.

Had a letter today from Peggy Caswell, the ‘rat-girl’, very kind and friendly.  She is now in London.

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