'Essex County Standard' arrived today – last week of course. They appear to have had divers over the town on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning the 14th and 15th November, when the sirens sounded here, and on the Friday before, the 10th. No damage done.
Still a lot of talk about sirens, shelters and so on and efforts to get some lights in
It all looks as though it were done by people who did not know very much about it. Saw one farm where every stack heeled over at a different angle and those which were thatched were done in such a way that the thatch looked like the hair on a village idiot. The roads and yards were knee deep in thick black mud, with a few filthy pigs rooting about in it. The house was red brick, very derelict looking, and the buildings were mostly falling down. The fields next the house were poor grass, much poached by cattle. Yet a few miles further on was a beautiful place, clean, well kept, stubbles ploughed, and the stacks beautifully thatched, stood up on saddle-stones in the proper old-fashioned way. This district, leading down to the Hampshire border, tends to become more and more thickly wooded, mostly sombre plantations of firs, pines, larch etc, now deeply embedded in fallen leaves.
The town clock struck 3 as I went to the church but found this was mostly modern restoration and it was completely ‘blacked out’ by painting the windows so did not go in. Could here the sounds of floor scrubbing in the chancel.