29th December 1916

At Kingston. G. Q’s carried out at 6-30 a.m, rather early for evolutions but in accordance with new routine. This took up our time until 7-30 a.m. The good thing about the early spasm lay in the fact that we were able to carry on without interference the morning duties, which is not the case other times when G. Qs. occur about 9-30 a.m.

“Mail will close at noon tomorrow” was piped today, so I have written letters (and enclosed photos) to Jude and Aunt N.

This evening at 5 p.m. I went with a large bathing party to a place on the outskirts of Kingston. Our boats anchored about a quarter of a mile offshore. We had to undress in the boat and dive overboard. The water was very warm and about 10 ft deep where the boats were anchored, and the bed gradually lessened towards shore so that one could touch the sandy bottom about 20 yds off. A yacht club and ladies’ swimming place was on the shores of the little bay into which we swam. Some ladies were combing and drying their hair when we appeared on the scene. They were English folk and were not a bit abashed at our appearance, but stood watching our movements and enjoying the sun. I enjoyed the dip immensely, staying in the water for about 20 minutes, but had time permitted I would have remained there longer, so nice was the water. We had to dry and dress in the boats, not a very comfortable operation since the boats were absolutely full, however we got on alright and arrived back at the ship at 5-50 p.m. I then buckled to and did some photos, for which we have a great demand at present.

The English folk onshore having sent aboard a large consignment of “grape fruit”, we have been enjoying this fine food-fruit today. I need not here give a description of this fruit or its merits since the attached information is all that is required. I wish you could have some of this fine fruit. I am almost a fruitarian these days, in fact I think it is the best food one can have here.

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