"Telegram from Bill. Coming 20th.
Left for Cresswell in taxi - 3 pm."
"Bill" was Bill Prior, an old family friend who, I think, had by this time moved to New Zealand.
Until I was at least 50, I was able to say that I'd had a holiday every year of my life, and this was the first. Cresswell is a little seaside village in Northumberland with a lovely beach|: