Fine and cool. Ploughing going on along Long Road. Got in quite early this morning. Saw a trench being cut at St Botolph’s Corner site, on Blomfield’s land, to put in a new water pipe connection to the Britannia Works, where there is an excellent section, down to about 10 feet.
Awful row this morning about the removal of farm-workers by the Ministry of Labour. Two girls working at Prior’s, Mile End Road, were sent in by the Labour Exchange. Within a few minutes Prior rang up in an awful state, as well he might be. As a matter of fact, we are actually hiring girl labour to Prior, yet the Ministry of Labour have the impudence to say that he has redundant labour.
Went to see a colour-film but it was a waste of time. Called at Diana’s afterwards, and stayed there until half past 12. Walked back to Boxted in a lovely evening. It is light almost all night. Far to the North were faint lights, as if the aurora. Thought longingly about