It looked like rain and Anne immediately became active in getting the awning arranged to drain water into the tanks. She has made me her expert adviser on how to do this. This time I made her leave the awning over the chart table and upper deck unchanged. She ordered a large bamboo and had it split. I had this arranged in gutters along the edge of the awning so that water would drain into the deck tanks.
In the afternoon David, Anne Hugo, Fenton and I took the small launch and went in search of a river which we had heard was near the town. We did not find it, although we went for some distance into the mangrove inlet, and later found that it was further up the coast. We then landed at the village on the small island of Woda, where Anne and Marian were with the large launch gathering shells. Marian was very active and and had waded out in the water where Hugo joined her. I investigated the town and returned to the boats where I waited for the others to get through with their prolonged shell hunting. There was a very beautiful sunset over the crater of Moti.
Twenty six rolls of undeveloped film have accumulated and I wanted to look up a stream somewhere and develop them, as in spite of the rains, we are conserving fresh water. David did not wish me to do this, with his usual apprehensive and cautious attitude he was afraid something might happen to the film.
We all discussed future plans after leaving here, and they remained rather indefinite.
There are two radios on board, one in the deck house and one in the dining room. Anne operates the one in the deck house and Hugo usually the one in the dining room. Their principal use is to get war news, and tonight came word of the surrender of Belgium to the Germans and the serious position of the English and French force on the continent.