27th February 1945

Caught the 11.15 to Colchester.  A 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 Winnock Road.  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.

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