Bright sunny day, with cold wind, healthy. Arranging for places for Xmas dinners is a difficulty, so hard to find any place that will hold more than 50 men. In our last village the old Maire sent in a bill for damages, for 3,000 francs. It required a bit of not to blame, and the damage is hopelessly over estimated. Many of the French are on the make. Here they are grasping and greedy. I dare say at home they would be just the same. But it makes things more difficult.