A young Woodpecker dies, and another is stalked; a letter to Adrian; Adder’s-tongue on the chalk; spiritual advice from a friend ; precious caterpillars; the Anderson Shelter; horse manure and some alien plants.
There is more tennis played on June 10th 1950 and Gran’s comments about it give a thought-provoking insight to her current character. She notes with interest some nesting Greenfinches near the courts saying:
…but this was insufficient in itself to penetrate the social whirl in which I found myself, feeling utterly lonely and unhappy…I have been alone too long to settle again in the gay crowds…I felt like a fish out of water in spite of the fact that everyone was kind and pleased to have me in the team again.
She adds though, on a happier note:
Jane must have played extremely well with her partner in the finals at Southampton for they ran the second set to 8 – 6 before losing. I am proud of her.
The following day, she writes despondently of the state of some of the harvested woodlands at Farley Mount, where she is searching unsuccessfully for Fly Orchids, saying:
…the wood has been so devastated and the ground so cut up by tractors and lorries that there is little left but caked brown earth and patches of down-trodden Dog’s Mercury. A sad sight indeed!