Tuesday November 24
Time becoming rather monotonous – absolutely nothing to do – be different if one could walk properly. Receive Marg’s parcel with cake & wine. Pictures again at night “Cash & Carry”.
(“Marg” was Margaret Wootton, his then girlfriend who he went onto marry after the war and was my grandmother)
Wednesday November 25
Spent morning writing and reading in welfare hut. During afternoon watched Palestine Police v. Con. Camp at football – good game score 9-0. Played Housie at night then pictures.
Thursday November 26
Medical Inspection – had plaster removed in afternoon – rather disappointed as now on crutches – wound practically healed. Difficult to walk through sand with crutches, on account of this did not go to pictures. Received letter from B Leathem. With plaster off can now wear Battle Dress.
Friday November 27
Had wound dressed in morning – rested in hut rest of day – pictures at night. “There Goes My Heart”. Some of the boys brought sand-bag full of oranges back to hut.
Saturday November 28
Took advantage of going on free trip to Communal Farm. Arrived at settlement at 4PM. Community 80% self-supporting. Run after the Russian style – all on same level – all eat in Community Hall. Clothes and necessities supplied. Children taken care of from infancy by trained nurses. 600 inhabitants on 300 acres. Crowds of refugees from Poland and Germany. All seem quite happy in simple way – would not suit in New Zealand. All are ??? for certain jobs then changed yearly if necessary. Attended at Dance Recital at night. Israeli dances did not exactly appeal to us. Jews still have guards on against Arab ???. Arrived back in camp at midnight.