Thursday (16 August 1917)

Driving drill this morning.  Went out with Monsieur R (he knows a bit of French and we are going to try to brush it up).  Went up hill past Ewshot and on to a sort of plateau used as Military area, waste and stony, with “McWhirter” silver beeches and heather.  Good view of Aldershot.  Wandered into a pine-grove and did sketches of wheat-stooks and distance (the real patchwork panoramas of England).  Wandered on to a village called Crondal and have decided that Crondal will do us.  It looks as old as the hills with quaint white cottages, with inlet beams; and a square towered church about 800 years old.  The countryside is dotted over with villages and is a real job.  I keep wanting to leave the army and rent a cottage for you and me to pass next summer in.  What think you?

[New Zealand Artillery soldiers with gun carriages, Ewshot, c1918.  National Library, ref 1/2-014101-G]014101.tif

1 thought on “Thursday (16 August 1917)”

  1. Correction made to “Wheat-Stook”, which I had assumed was a typo in the original. However, a “stook”, also referred to as a shock or stack, is an arrangement of sheaves of cut grain stalks placed so as to keep the grain-heads off the ground while still in the field and prior to collection for threshing. Stooked grain sheaves are typically wheat, barley and oats.

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