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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Fri 24. [24 February 1905] Very cold. My sponges frozen into a solid
mass. Quite 10 degrees of frost and a bitter S wind. All the world
frozen hard. We were off about 8.30, rode by Tarba, Teima and
Shakba. The makers of the Pal. Ex. Fund map have allowed their
fancy to play freely on the E side of the Jebel Druze [Duruz, Jabal ad].
A very delightful open country, most of the plain below Shakka under
cultivation. Wonderful views in that bright frosty world of Hermon
[Sheikh, Jebel esh] and the Jebel Zubeideh. Lunched at Shakka
which has been a fine place with 2 temples and a church. A charming
boy a nephew of the Sheikh of Kanawat [Al Qanwat] showed me
about. Sent the mules on and rode down by Hit where there is a fine
house belonging I think to the Sheikh, with a carved doorway and an
arcaded court looking out onto the mts and the Leja [Al Laja]. Hiyat
on a tell in front. Hit seems to have had several good houses. So
NW to Bathanyeh on the edge of the plain where I found my camp
pitched. My tent deliciously warm till the sun set. I had a violent cold
in the head and sat inside and wrote. Women and children very
bothering. A heavenly pale blue iris today.

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