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3 December 2016

1st-4th Oct 1947: tortoise goes home... for the winter

1 Wed. Very cold dull morning, fine, mild, sunny, calm afternoon. Got the groceries and other requisites locally. Cycled to Worcester Park and N Cheam in afternoon. Plenty of Donald to-day. Posted letter to Uncle Tom. Drew out a plan for a 23 ins span wing for the small spar aeroplane.

2 Thur. Slight morning frost but becoming mild by afternoon; less sun: windy later. The tortoise is still about and the nights are cold. I put him in a box of earth and leaves but found it could climb out, so I made a temporary pen on the lawn to put it in until I could find its owner. I enquired in Bronson Rd. and found it belonged at 81 but no one was at home. However, the lady next door at 79 said she would tell them to ask at 66 Chestnut. A young man Roy Eves called in evening and was glad to retrieve his pet. We knew the Eves family and he knew my name. Roy said he had three tortoises and this one was eight years old. He has a little house for them in the garden but he takes them indoors during the winter. To butchers in morning also other shopping locally. Bought liver for cats, fluxite and solder at Merton in afternoon. Spent hours during the day and evening repairing the ball valve, plunger and rubber of the lavatory cistern. Dear Gwennie called and was lovely.

3 Fri. Cold, becoming mild, a few periods of sunshine. To the butchers, bakers, fish shop, sweets and news shops, chemists and to buy paraffin oil. The children called. Laid a nice tea as I was expecting Mrs. Jordan but she did not come. More fitting of new chain wheel to bike: quite a lot of filing to do.

4 Sat. Cold, becoming mild by afternoon when the sunshine was pleasant: little wind. Managed to finish the shopping in morning so had the afternoon free. Took the geraniums off Mother’s grave, potted them and brought them indoors as we are getting night frosts now. A short ride round Wimbledon Common in afternoon: it was very pleasant there. Aunt Liza called.


2 December 2016

27th-30th Sept 1947: attacked by boys; little Gwennie unwell

27 Sat. Cold dull morning, fine mild sunny afternoon, calm. To Wimbledon to buy fish in afternoon, Gwennie & Laurie called. Coming home from Cannon Hill Common with some acorns on a little truck they were attacked by boys who took some away. They called here as Gwennie was very upset and unwell; I thought she would faint. A cup of water, a rest, a piece of cake, pear and some sweets and a biscuit with jam on it eventually put her right again. I love her a million times better than anyone else in the world. Ciss took the clock I repaired for Mrs. Jordan back to her.

28 Sun. Rather cool, dull. The childish scrawl letter I received yesterday was addressed by Doreen and written by little Kenny Noriss: I thanked him for it; I regard it as an honour. Went to the Harvest Festival in the evening and was greatly cheered: met Harold Rogers. Wrote letter to Dad who is at Herne Bay.

29 Mon. Becoming mild, nice fine, sunny afternoon. Laurie & Donald most of the day. Gwennie called later with Valerie and Janet, dear little girls from Bushey Road. Bought fish and black enamel locally; also bought a postal order. Polished the fork crown of my bike, it had become rusty – looks nice now.

30 Tues. Rather cold, but some nice sunshine in afternoon, calm. Did some local shopping. Trued up and tightened the spokes of back wheel of cycle – much better. Took accumulator and bought a file to be used in fitting the new chain wheel to cycle. Laurie & Donald helped me pick the remaining tomato crop – 34 lbs. I then pulled up the plants as ground frosts threaten.









1 December 2016

23rd-26th Sept 1947: clcocksmith... I love Gwennie... Ciss in Herne Bay

The left-hand semi-detached bungalow... 3, Cobbler's Bridge Road, Herne Bay.
This is where Ciss stayed with the family, opposite the railway yard,
 and backing on the railway, to nthe delight of young 'Anthony'
23 Tues. Rather cold, some weak sunshine, nasty wind. Bought Golden Harvest daffodil bulbs in Wimbledon in morning also fish. Ciss went to Herne Bay this morning; Dad, Alb, Lily and Anthony are already there. Laurie & Donald played pin-board. Gwennie came later; I read to her. She did not want to go home and she cried; I think there was some sort of trouble: I expect she had been a bit naughty. I love her a lot. Finished assembling Mrs. Jordan’s clock and got it going very well. (I hope.)

24 Wed. Rather cold, some sunshine; cold N wind. Got the groceries and fish locally. Mrs Jordan’s clock is going perfectly. Laurie & Donald was here almost all day. Gwennie came later with some leaves to make a winter bed for the tortoise. It came out this afternoon but soon went back to bed: the children are very interested. Gwennie sang hymns to me and I was charmed: bless the dear love. Started adapting a standard Rudge-Whitworth chain wheel to fit my bike: I hope to fit a new standard chain if I can get a new back sprocket to fit.

25 Thur. Cold morning, milder later with some sun, little wind. Small amount of shopping locally and to Merton to buy cats meat. To see dear Mother’s grave it looks quite nice. There were some self-sown aster seedlings in early summer so I planted them out and they are in full bloom now. Dorothy Longhurst called bringing a table cloth for Ciss.


26 Fri. Cold morning to very mild afternoon; some lovely sunshine in afternoon: very rough indeed. Laurie & Donald in full evidence. Gwennie came and invited me to baby Margaret’s first birthday tea. I went. Cousin Maud was there. I sat beside dear Gwennie and had a happy time. Did all the usual Friday shopping. Did quite a lot of house cleaning. Cousin Alf called in evening. A letter delivered by hand came through the letter box for me. It was addressed in childish printing and the letter inside was just scrawl – a love letter I hope: I do not know the sender but I hope to find out and thank them. Ciss came home at 10.30 p.m. from Herne Bay where she has been staying with Dad, Alb, Lily and Anthony.

30 November 2016

18th-22nd Sept 1947: cricket, a marriage and a glider

18 Thur. Mild, very dull day after a night of deluge and some thunder. Only a small amount of shopping locally. Had an easy day after the exertions of yesterday. Walk along rail path in evening.

19 Fri. rather mild, dull, some rain and thunder at night. Got the usual provisions in morning. Ciss came home from Bedford.

20 Sat. Very mild, very dull and cloudy, showery humid. Did a lot of shopping locally also to Wimbledon; finished the shopping before dinner. Took Gwennie, Laurie and Donald to the cricket match on Merton’s ground between a Wimbledon and District side and Fishlock’s County side: the county men were all famous players including some Test Match men. The local side were all out for 133 and the County team were 167 for 4 wickets, Fishlock being 103 not out. Second cousin Alan was married to Vera at Skegness to-day: sent them a telegram of congratulations and best wishes: Skegness is the bride’s home but they will live with Cousin Alf and Lily at Raynes Park.

21 Sun. Mild, dull, windy. The usual children called. Short walk in evening; met John Child. Laurie brought a small model racing car for me to fix a wheel which will not stay on.


22 Mon. Mild, dull, windy; a small amount of weak sunshine. The tortoise which has been missing for some weeks turned up to-day looking very sleepy. He did not eat much but yawned – so very tired. I dug a hole and put him in it. He burrowed into the soil and seemed to have decided to turn in for the winter. I shall fill the hole with leaves and cover it with carpet. Laurie brought a new balsa glider for me to see he later brought it for me to repair. Gwennie & Donald also called. Started cleaning a cuckoo clock movement which Mrs. Jordan had lubricated with cod-liver oil and malt extract – very tasty but not good for a clock. Cleaned all the windows inside also overmantels and looking glasses. 

29 November 2016

15th-17th Sept 1947: Cheam, Banstead, Belmont, Burgh, Heath, Walton on Hill... Box Hill

15 Mon. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine – a nice day for so late in the season. Did some shopping locally. To see Uncle Ben at Malden in afternoon: admired his aquarium with many fish in it and some graceful water plants. Gwennie & Laurie called. Did some work on the propeller gear of new spar type aeroplane.

16 Tues. rather warm, nice sunny morning but dull later; very boisterous. Did shopping locally of course. Did more work on propeller gear of spar model. Gwennie sang to my piano accompaniment. Short walk in evening.


17 Wed. Very mild: some nice sunshine, calm: a lovely day for the time of year. Got the groceries etc locally in morning. Had an early dinner so as to make an early start on a bike ride to Box hill. This time I went via Cheam, Banstead, Belmont, Burgh, Heath, Walton on Hill, which leads right out to the top of Box Hill. The day was very clear and the view was wonderful. Chanctonbury Ring in Sussex 20 miles away was clearly visible. It is possible to see the sea through Shoreham Gap but that is a rare occurrence. A nice ride which whetted my appetite for further exploration. A letter from Rev. Chas. Staden.

28 November 2016

10th-14th Sept 1947: young scientists?

10 Wed. Rather warm, some pleasant sunshine: a nice day. Got the groceries locally. The
children called. Gwennie brought a little glass bulb with a jet, the whole being mounted on a
copper wire frame. Water in the bulb is boiled over a candle and a jet of steam issuing from a
thin glass tube causes it to rotate at a good speed. Her father made it – a clever little
appliance. A short walk in the evening. Oh, in the morning I put up a rustic arch in the garden
for the loganberries to climb over.

11 Thur. Rather warm, glorious sunny day with a blue sky and only the slightest of white
clouds. Did shopping locally morning and afternoon; got some liver at the butchers. Had
Gwennie and Donald almost all day except when Gwennie went to the clinic to have two
teeth removed. She was soon back again although she had gas. Put the carpet back on the
stairs – looks better. Short cycle ride in evening.

12 Fri. Very mild, very dull, some very fine rain in morning. Did the usual Fri. morning
shopping. The sweet ration was double to-day: one pound. Donald was here all day and
Laurie came later. Made them a compressed air turbine – on a miniature scale of course,
made out of a cocoa tin which is pumped up be a bike pump and turns a small rotary fan.
Small amount of work on new spar model. A parcel of dried fruits and some sweets arrived
from Edie Bennett who is in Johannesburg.

13 Sat. Very mild, dull, cloudy, slight rain. Ciss had the morning off from work. Did
shopping locally in afternoon also to Wimbledon. Gwennie and Donald called. Gwennie was
especially charming and lovable. Laurie brought the compressed air engine I made him and
worked it. Mrs Matson and Mrs Brown came to tea.

14 Sun. Very mild, very dull. The usual crowd of children called. Went to church in evening,
the Rev L Hooper took the service. Called in at 34 as cousin Len, Doris and little Joseph was
there.