22 March 1917
What a topping parcel you sent me – it was grand and the book is excellent. As it happened the very next day that is yesterday – I was the whole day on duty in the battery with practically nothing to do – so I very nearly finished the book at one swipe it certainly is intensely interesting & amusing – he writes very well doesn’t he. This book I think is even better than the other “The making of a gunner” and they’re both so true to life, as far as we know it.
I am afraid – looking at my diary that I have been very bad about writing. I’m afraid the time slips by so that I don’t really know where I am. I must really try and do better.
Here the weather is still cold frost at night and <short> intermittent showers of snow, but I think it really shows signs of taking up and is nothing like what it was – anyway after the war don’t let anyone speak to me again of Sunny France!!
Well wasn’t it topping that the other day, Frid[ay] to be exact I got the car and went over to see Jack – it was great luck