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Friday, 20 September 2013

Defensive measures

Sunday, September 20th., Comarques, Thorpe-le-Soken.

Yachts, dinghies and other small boats were moved inland from Brightlingsea Creek last week, as part of a plan for defending Brightlingsea and the Colne in case of German invasion. The notion seemed to be that the Germans might use them as pontoons. I said to old Captain Brand that it was only done because a number of people had a desire to do something, and this strange proceeding could not do any harm. He said the same thought had occurred to him. We met a lot of these boats in military carts. Sullivan told me that there were about 200 of them.

No news last week.

Constant flow of one or two military officers in and through this house, on account of Mimi and Miss Hatchett. The latest move - a night excursion in car to see searchlights playing on the sea off Frinton.

Additionally for September 20th., see 'Literary thoughts' -

I have been re-reading Kipling, and thought "Without Benefit of Clergy" fine, and yet perhaps not great. Other things pretty good but certainly not great.

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