Up early, nice clear morning, but cold. Called at home. Father very fair, cheered up when I gave him some eggs and milk. Apparently there was an alarm about 4 am which I never heard. He heard only the ‘all-clear’.
Excavation being cut across the site of
china-shop, at St Botolph’s Corner, to lay a water pipe to the foundry behind
the station. No pottery found, but a few
fragmentary footings, running N-S, about
30 feet from the old street front. Cheshire
Out at 5 and went to tea at Hilda Smith’s. Most enjoyable evening. Had to phone Capt Folkard at 9.30, and had a lot of trouble to get through from the box at
Drury Rd corner. Great congestion on the lines.
Heavy clouds came up in the evening, but there was no rain, so badly needed. Had tea in the garden. Hilda told me that there had been an epidemic of ‘phone calls in the middle of the night around the west end of the town, mostly to houses where a lady lives alone. When the ‘phone is answered the caller immediately hangs up without speaking. It is believed that these calls are made by burglars as a way of discovering whether or not the houses are occupied. Hilda’s house was burgled a few weeks ago, by a solder and an ATS girl.
Heard that several main-line trains from
were cancelled without warning today.
People got to London Colchester station to
find a notice hung up to say that various trains would not run. Doubtful about going to on Wednesday. London
Boxted at 11, dark and cold. A great owl flying around near the Asylum fence.