Caught the 11.15 to
lovely day, and had a most enjoyable journey down the Stour Valley, past the
great Bartlow Hills, Haverhill, Stunmer and its barrow, lovely Long Melford,
Sudbury with its magnificent scene of towers, roof spires and red buildings
across the green water-meadows and so at last to Colchester by 3 o’clock. Went up town on a bus, called for Diana and
took her to tea at Last’s. Left her at 6, went
to Holly Trees to see Poulter.
Out again at 7, and walked through the ghost ridden moonlit streets, through the crowds of Americans, soldiers, and girls to
Father very well, and very glad to see me. Let Miss Payne make a cup of tea, which I did
not really need, and stayed chatting until after 9.
Walked back up town, got a taxi out to Boxted, and found dear Miss Bentley waiting for me with a “snack” of plum-cake and glass of milk. Bed at midnight.