[April 2nd 1916] orations. All appeared to thoroughly enjoy their peaceful, lazy drift along the creek, and they formed a perfect picture of that quiet, philosophical love of ease, the great heritage of the east, a possession perhaps of real value and certainly well adapted to a warm enervating climate, but one which is scorned with contempt in the hurry and bustle of our Western world.
Tuesday: April 4th 1916: Basra
Still in our dreary camp. The days grow monotonous; we long to be on the move but there seems no sign of it. The Adjutant left * on a reconnaissance yesterday, so that it we may possibly follow in his tracks should his report in the country be a favourable one. After breakfast I rode to the embankment
*leaves on the 5th