Blizzard during the night, and woke to find two or three inches of snow. More snow showers during the morning, but decided to go to
happened. Telephoned the “Grand” and got a
room without any trouble. Drew another
£5, rather guiltily – only £23 left in my account now, and nothing coming in
until the end of March.
Got the cycle ready, and the sun came out, glittering on the smooth snow. Waited until after lunch to see if there were any letters, and got a long, kind, delightful epistle from the Biggams, written on January 13th. How far away in space and time they seem to be.
Peterborough at a quarter to 3, bright sun
glittering on the crisp snow. Freezing
hard, roads an ice-sheet, but had little difficulty. Went along South Brink to Guy Line Bridge. Many lonely little brick houses
along the edge of Waldesea, some neat farms, and at one place a little cattle
yard full of polled Anguses.
Clouds came over again, and near Thorney snow began, fast, in big heavy flakes. Suddenly two very loud explosions came through the mist from the direction of Whittlesey, perhaps a rocket. This was about 4 o’clock.
Went into Thorney Abbey to shelter, the snow falling so fast that it was impossible to see the top of the towers. What a curious place, with the lovely Norman arcades made into the outside walls. Too dark to see any details. Some fine carved tombstones.
The snow ceased, and went on to reach
just after 5, when it was snowing again.
Found the hotel, quite a pleasant place, had a meal, went to a cinema,
and then back to a warm, clean bed.
Dance on down below. Lay for a
time wondering whether any “divers” might come in over the Wash tonight, and whether rockets would
reach as far as this.
The landlady of this place is the most extraordinary shape I ever saw – quite conical, and immensely fat.
In the lounge found a copy of “Country Life” for 27th October, 1944, containing a letter from M.G. Phillips, of Trust Houses Ltd., 53 Shorts Gardens, W.C.2, who writes about two Colchester tokens – Richard Rich, 1656, and Richard Boyse, 1660, (a halfpenny).