The frost yielded slightly in the afternoon for a short while but there was no sun; the north wind is as bitter as ever. Hunted about to find a shop where I could buy two breakfast cups and saucers, there are none to be had anywhere but the shops are stacked up with pudding basins. Bought a few things at Woolworths. Saw an ex S.E.C.R. 4-4-0 loco.