A few of the filthiest of deserted water holes lay not far off

TCD MS 10515 folio 68v

TCD MS 10515 folio 68v

[May 2nd 1916]

burnt and abandoned. The transport difficulties delayed us. All baggage had to march in the centre of the column so that our progress was that of the slowest animal. While the carts were being dislodged we had a long halt of 3 1/2 hours in the sweltering sun. A few of the filthiest of deserted water holes lay not far off where some, who had emptied their two water bottles, dared to quench their thirst. Sand grouse in large flocks visited these water holes to drink, coming in from the far desert. I spent most of the halt observing the wingless locusts in their advance over the sands. A small Jerbra (Alacta euphratica) scampered over the sand. (See Nat. Hist. notes). At length the white awnings of the hospital carts crept up from the distance.