26th June 1944

Up at 8.45.  Late at office.  Father still very anxious about Miss Payne’s coming back.  Busy morning, back for an early lunch, then off to Birch for the Committee Meeting.  Nothing much done.  No mention of the new bombs, but heard that Joanna is coming back with her baby soon.  Should have thought she would have stayed in Berkshire.  Afterwards went down to Layer Marney with Capt. Folkard and Maidstone, as he is to have one of the cottages behind the church.  There was an ‘all-clear’ at Tiptree just as we arrived.  Looked over the cottage, then went into the church.  The Marney Chapel is in a shocking state, roof leaking, monuments dirty, the east window almost falling into the churchyard.  Got up on top of the tower.  Glorious view, right across to Mersea, looking over the Committee’s farms.  The corn looks very well indeed.

Got back to Colchester at 7.30.  Found Miss Payne had duly returned, Father quite radiant.  To Boxted at 9, and had supper, then ready to go to Post at 1am.  Hardly a ‘plane all day.

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