“Astounding and enchanting change in the weather, which becomes warm.  I carry chair, writing materials, rug and cushion into the garden, but am called in to have a look at the Pantry Sink, please, as it seems to have blocked itself up.  Attempted return to garden frustrated by arrival of note from the village concerning Garden Fete arrangements, which requires immediate answer, necessity for speaking to the butcher on the telephone, and sudden realisation that Laundry List hasn’t yet been made out, and the Van will be here at eleven. . . . Shortly after this, Mrs. S. arrives from the village, to collect jumble for the Garden Fete, which takes time.  After lunch, sky clouds over, and Mademoiselle and Vicky kindly help me to carry chair, writing materials, rug, and cushion into the house again.”

E. M. Delafield, Diary of a Provincial Lady (New York: Harper, 1931; rpt. Academy Chicago Publishers, 1998), 230-31.

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