For award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). By Anthony Lawton: godson, cousin & literary executor. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical fiction, children's literature and books, films, TV & radio, including The Eagle of the Ninth, Sword at Sunset, Song for a Dark Queen, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Blue Remembered Hills.
May 7th Saturday. Warm wind and hazy sunshine. Sultry haze on the downs. Joan & I & the dogs & Muriel out for a long afternoon to see what if anything was left of Bedham (?) Woods. Pretty awful – especially sad the sight of so many uprooted trees putting out leaf and blossom where they lie, for the last time. The bluebells were lovely, and the Ramsay Ray’s garden had largely escaped – even to the peacocks, and blossom, and was looking lovely. But it’s sad how many of our favourite haunts look like a Flanders shellhole now.