Half an hour was rather unprofitably spent

TCD MS 10247/1/834 folio 3 recto

TCD MS 10247/1/834 folio 3 recto

[21 April 1917] Em was asking about the squads – they are simply for the actual signalling & signalling tests – for the lectures and written Exam’s all are together. There was no preparation work except copying up & learning notes of lectures etc.

We really I think have at last got to spring the last two or three days have been quite nice & warm & the buds are really beginning to swell & flowers coming out – anemones violets oxslips celandine etc. – It is a truly delightful variety from the perpetual snow & storms.

This morning there was a certain amount of uncertainty as all the work of the course was done – but some old colonels was coming around to have a look at the school. so parade was ordered 10 a.m. – we all duly turned up but nothing happened – fortunately the piano which we had over from the night before and the timely arrival of the newspapers passed the time all right.

Finally the old chap turned up and apparently simply walked round the school building and in the end about 12. o’cl[ock] we all went into the lecture room where about half an hour was rather unprofitably spent in going through the exam papers.

In the afternoon we all went into the town to have our photo taken