8 November 1922

La Prieuré, Fontainebleau, Avon

£5 note enclosed.
My darling Bogey
I had a letter from you today saying you had bought a pruning knife. I hope you succeed with the old trees. Here it is part of the ‘work' to do a great many things, especially things which one does not like. I see the point of that. It's the same principle as facing people whom one shrinks from and so on. It is to develop a greater range in oneself But what happens in practice is that no sooner do the people begin doing those things they don't like than the dislike changes. One feels it no longer. Its only that first step which is so terribly hard to take.
Are you having really divine weather? Its marvellous here - like late spring today, really warm. The leaves are still falling. The part belonging to this chateau is incredibly beautiful, and with our live stock roaming about it begins to look like a little piece of virgin creation.
I am fearfully busy. What do I do? Well, I learn Russian, which is a terrific job, have charge of the indoor carnations - no joke, & spend the rest of the day paying visits to places where people are working. Then every evening about 50 people meet in the salon and there is music and they are working at present at a tremendous ancient Assyrian Group Dance. I have no words with which to describe it. To see it seems to change ones whole being for the time. [To J. M. Murry, 10 November 1922.]