MARCH 31st 1926 BAHRAINThe Patrick Stewart, cable boat, which brought us from Bushire, sighted Bahrain about breakfasttime. A long low island with thick palm groves coming right down to the sea. One big town close tothe shore, & another town on a small island. Lots of sailing dhows off the coast, and water, near theshore, which was coloured every shade of blue and green & purple. Altogether quite a pleasantlooking place. Fairly calm, but M had a bad time in the night. The engines vibrate more than on anyboat I have ever been on. After breakfast all the party went ashore. Mr & Mrs Gunter, Inspector of telegraphs, & their niece Miss Brodie, from the Isle of Wight, & the captain's wife, children,governess, & various of the ship's officers. The launch took us within some distance of the quay thenwe got into the dingey. Met by Daly with two cars in which we motored up to the Residency. Itappears to be a huge house, owing to the great wide verandas, close to the sea. Well built & quite apretty drawing room. Mrs D met us here. Lunch, & then the others went back to the boat. M didn'tfeel well so went early to bed. Very seedy, & seems to be a continuation of sea effects. Had a longtalk with D. The jobs sound really crammed with interest, so much intrigue & politics that one needsto be awfully careful. Went early to bed. M very seedy. Mrs D is very pleasant, short, plump & dark,& one very nice little boy the others being at home. Rather disappointed to find that they arebuilding a new house for us which will take several months & so meanwhile we are to be pro tem ina house next door. Gorgeous night, a nearly full moon over the sea.
The town, what I saw of it,looked wonderfully clean & tidy & rather like a big town in upper Egypt.
Found a letter from AuntLily. We shall have to stay with the D's till our house is built - rather tiresome as I'd like to settle in atonce. One lives entirely on the upper floor in the houses here, & the downstairs is for servants &