[18th September 1916] small little boat, known as a ‘mussoof’, this evening. I think I made a good bargain; twenty rupees for one of small dimensions. Spent a pleasant evening in it paddling on the river.
Tuesday: September 19 th. 1916: Hamar Lake
All day moving slowly up the stream. Not more than eight miles behind us by evening and the whole width of the lake ahead. This is a pleasant and peaceful mode of travelling; as arduous for the Arabs as it is luxurious for us. We pass the long hours reading, writing, watching the boats speeding gracefully before the wind, or the birds half hiding in the waving weeds, while the Arabs drive along the heavy boat with poles, or, waist-deep in water, drag it against the wind and tide.
Macaulay’s essays are a real entertain-