Two planes came over at 2.40 a.m. terrific gunfire and two lots of heavy bombs which shook the house: no warning given and I was in bed. - got up. Warning subsequently about 3.0 a.m. and all clear about 5.30 but I went to bed it was so cold. Five degree of frost under cover. Severe frost all day but not so dull to-day. Spent afternoon trying to buy food for the cats. Difficult enough to buy food for humans; even ox-heart and ox liver is rationed and only 1/2d worth of meat per head per week is now allowed. We are reduced to living mainly on bread, potatoes and oatmeal porridge - none of them appetising, satisfying or nourishing. Just a case of filling up and hoping for the best. Warning at 6.55 p.m. Only one machine past over and some distant gunfire; all clear at 1.37 a.m. on 17 Fri.
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