January 27th 1944


We get a day off, at least the Army has a truce for one day, and so Bill Beaman, Warren and I leap into SASO’s car (he is here on a visit) (JDW: Senior Air Staff Officer) and go up to the Savoy in Ooty for beer and lunch. Then we rush madly around shopping. This scheme finishes tomorrow, thank God.

Yesterday I go out for a walk and put up a small barking deer. I see a troop of monkeys and also a Malabar and squirrel. He goes up to one of the monkeys to see what it is eating and it stretches out a hand and caresses the squirrel’s whiskers. The squirrel has another sniff and then turns away. I am getting to know all these birds by sound, but damned if I can see them and name them.

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