1916 – April 20

Given up smokes and drinks for Lent, no great hard-ship – one just feels the lack of a smoke as a baby does the lack of a dummy teat. Financial situation is acuter than ever – one despairs of ever getting straight. Each month I calculate on same improvement and then my schemes are blown to the winds by some unforeseen calamity. Just got straight when Government demands a refund of £20, another month again Govt. bills me £11 for Daisie’s meals a year ago on board ship. Then forage for horse etc. Rs. 90 in another month, then an unexpected bill from Gadney for £7 and so on and so on – it seems hopeless to try and keep ones head above water. I sent home £410 during the past year for the boys’ schooling and for Insurance Premiums, the latter are a great drag on one, but if I had died earlier they would have helped Daisie out of a mess so now I can’t complain if the Company wins a bit over it. The garden is still beautiful. Nemesia, Cineraria, Rannuculus, Violets, Anemone, Larkspur, stock, Frizia, Arums, just over. We have now Dianthus, Roses, Nemophila, Pansy, Snapdragon, Daisies, Geranium, Pelargonium, Poppy, Wallflower, Aster, Carnation, Petunia, and a few Arums for the vases. Phlox, Verbena, sweet peas just going. Iris just gone.

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