Delightful surprise Fernie brought Daisie up from Havre.
The war is quite at a standstill here and one is tired of waiting for news. I have given up reading the papers. Be patient and some day we will hear something. We have plenty of troops, more than enough for our short line and I suppose Joffre and French are waiting for some particular moment to get on the move again. Meantime I am well paid and forget the war except when I meet a trainload of wounded or see in the papers that I have lost another of my very best and irreplaceable friends. The children had a nice Xmas with Granny and Bunker and their Mother at Green – now the party is broken up – the boys go back to school and we must find some quiet corner for Susanna. Daisie has settled down to her hospital work at Havre and I am happy in my family here with a nice Mlle. Germaine to give me a French lesson every evening. I am improving and hope soon to have quite a decent accent. We read Balzac “La Peau de chagrin.”
Arrived Darnétal 9 a.m., thence train home.
Talk with Freeland and left in empty Supply train at 8.30 p.m. with Lt. Kendall.
Left Gare du Nord for Abbeville 11.55 – arrived 5.30 p.m., very cold. Slept in carriage at Station.
Awake last night very anxious about Daisie – however, got a letter to-day to day she is at work in her No. 12. French Mil. Hospital at Havre, so I am happy. Left Hotel and transferred to my new home. (43, Rue d’Ernemont; Mme. Delaporte.)
So we really are in the New Year – what a lot old 1914 held for me, and so much happiness. Daisie ought to arrive to-day at Havre and I am glad it is not stormy – still there are always mines and sub-marines to fear and I am anxious.