TCD MS 10853 folio 116 recto
I had my first peep into the open air on June 18th. when I had tea in the Garden and on the Sunday following I was wheeled round the square by Bissell, in the invalid’s chair obtained by Miss Stuart for my convenience. I should have had my first motor drive with Mrs Leslie Ellis but as she was coming up from County Wicklow the car had a break-down, so my first outing was with Miss Ball, one of the V.A.D. Nurses and her friend Miss Blunt. It was delightful to be out in the country again and I remember how peaceful and quiet everything looked. It was hard to believe there was a War on, as the Car passed through the peaceful countryside on the way down to Howth so different from the ruined homesteads of Flanders. We returned by a different route to Miss Blunt’s house and seated in the Car Bissell and I dined sumptuously off strawberries and cream.