I heard a gun go off! It was probably one of ours, but think what excitement, how we all quiver, how some turn pale – ah! It is a grim war: we must be within twenty miles of the line almost. Yesterday was spent in a move – fortunately we had a fine day for it & everything went smoothly in consequence. I went over early in the morning in a motor lorry, a very nice ride but exceedingly cold in the feet – result a good crop of chilblains. We are now in a Chateau unoccupied, & almost unfurnished. There are a few chairs, mostly broken, a dining room table & several bedsteads. I have a room to myself, & one of the better beds, but for it with a missing pane of glass in the window. We are gradually decorating our mess room with Bairnsfather Sketches from the Bystander, & some of Kircheners horrible things from the Sketch. The cyclist fellows are in the same village as ourselves, & I paid a call on Pullinger yesterday. He seems to be very flourishing but is rather bored at still being a junior Subaltern. He has discovered one of his IVth form “kids” has got his Commission in this Division, & shudders to think that the latter may get promoted first. Today has also been fine but very cold, & now late in the evening it has started to snow, quietly & steadily. If we have as much snow as we have had rain lately, we shall very soon be unable to get out of our front door. This afternoon I walked over to the 5th who are only a couple of miles or so away. Headquarters gave me tea & both the C.O. & Toller seemed very fit, & full of life. After tea I paid a visit to Farmer & the others of his Company, a good many just at present as they have got a superfluity of officers. There are very few left now of those who originally came out from England in my platoon, a year ago; not more than half a dozen at the most.