"I’ve just stopped talking to you. It seems so strange. It’s perfectly peaceful here—they’re playing bowls—I’d just put flowers in your room. And there you sit with the bombs falling around you. What can one say— except that I love you and I’ve got to live through this strange quiet evening thinking of you sitting there alone. Dearest— let me have a line…You have given me such happiness…"- Virginia Woolf, Letter to Vita-Sackville-West, August 30, 1940
In the summer of 1940, Virginia Woolf spotted her first German plane during the blitz while staying at her country house in Rodmell. Although she had heard air raid sirens and German planes buzzing over England previously that summer, it wasn’t until August 16th that she saw her first German bomber up close and knew that the war had begun.