[March 28th 1916]will connect India with home. The days are warming apace; the sun is now uncomfortably warm, and the approaching hot weather is kept well in view by the daily-increasing swarms of flies. After hospital I frequently go to Basra either for mess stores or medical equipment. On Sunday, the 29th, a photograph of the Battalion was taken after breakfast and also one of the Officers. The pleasantest place in the evening is the palm grove under the cool shade of the trees watching the life in the network of water channels. I describe the frogs in the notes on the Natural History of the place. Numerous crabs also frequent the channels and live in small holes excavated in the muddy banks.