Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 72
confusion of bright green foliage, smiling meadows, the broad calm rivers, little homesteads nestling among the trees, narrow winding roads showing up white among the surrounding green, swiftly running rivulets between grassy banks, fat cattle browsing contentedly on the thick herbage, and patches of wild flowers – red, blue, purple, yellow and white. In the fields the people (especially the women) were working all day gathering in the fast ripening crops under a cloudless sky.
How friendly the French people are! During the two and a half days I had many a yarn with soldiers guarding railways, tunnels, cuttings, etc; Red Cross girls who are willingly manning buffets at most of the railway stations; red cheeked workers in the fields who when our train might be shunted on to