Monday, 24 October Troughend - 47 Hamilton Terrace Ellen rang me up in the morning to say that her sister had changed her mind and was not coming to me, and that she herself was leaving that day before I returned!! No explanation! I caught a 2.18 train up and returned to an empty house. Had to dash down to Clifton Rd and get bread before the shops shut. Taxied to Paddington after tea and arranged for Mary Taylor to come in for a coiple of hours' cleaning tomorrow. A lot of telephoning. I felt tired and low. Tuesday, 25 October Went to get bus tickets foor Hester to Newbury, and for Bet and Awly and self for Oxford. Thursday, 27 October Hester slept here Hester arrived after lunch. Went to Marius at the Curzon which she enjoyed. Went to supper with the Harters in their flat in Chelsea. Friday, 28 October Bet and Awly slept here Hester went off soon after 8 o'clock. Lil came to early lunch to help me eat Bet's cold duck. I have let my room to a very nice American - Olivia Ranond? - indirectly through Alice Parsons, and she is coming next Thursday. No maid yet. Saturday, 29 October 47 Hamilton Terrace - Studley Priory Bet and I met Awly at Victoria and caught the 10.30 coach to Oxford. A cheery journey and we got up here in time for a late and very good lunch. Afterwards I rested till teatime. House quite full. Hester had enjoyed her dance last night and was out cubbing today. Awly in very good looks and spirits. Alice improved by school but still looks delicate to me. I am in the former servants' wing (Evenlode) which I always like. Sunday, 30 October Studley Priory Had a splendid night and woke to the most gorgeous day. Hester and Awly rode, and Bet and I took Jenny and Alice for a walk. In the afternoon Wilma and I went out and saw her livestock in the gardens. Very interesting.