|An R&A Challenger loudspeaker - these were manufactured|
by Reproducers & Amplifiers Ltd, Wolverhampton
21 December 2014
21 Thur. Very cold, very dismal; misty, damp: everywhere running with water. Ugh! Got the groceries as usual. Got some ginger nut biscuits to-day and some soya bean flour from the latter makes almond marzipan for covering the Xmas cake. To post-office and other shops. In afternoon to buy a tie for Dad also bought sprats at Merton. Addie Veale called in evening: I like her company. Put up a little longer indoor aerial as I could not tune in properly; I can now, and the wireless is performing well, the reproduction being nearly perfect. The Magnavox speaker unit has some slight core (cone?) resonance and is hardly as good as the R & A.
20 Wed. Very cold, dismal; a wet fog all day. The men came to cover seams in plaster-board ceilings with paper strips. The joiners put in two more windows upstairs which completes the upstairs front windows. The gas man fitted four lights for us which were damaged by the bomb: so now we are well on the way to comfort again. To buy tin of salmon locally in morning. Aunt Hannah called with invitation to go there Sunday afternoon. Took ginger wine essence to Mrs. Child in afternoon and brought away wireless set I lent to her some while back. Fitted it up temporarily in evening and got it going. First time we have had a loudspeaker set since the bombing in July. Gave the younger Child children a shilling each for Xmas and sixpence to Victor Conley as it is his birthday. Boiled the Xmas puddings today.
19 Tues. Raw cold, dull; misty later. The men finished boarding passage ceiling and walls. As they are not allowed to give a finishing coat of plaster, their work is done until the ban on finishing is lifted. Gas man called: says he will do our job tomorrow. On foot to Merton to buy Dinky’s meat; also bought ginger wine essence and tapers.
Put the clothes airer up again in scullery having had to take it down while the new ceiling was put up. Ann Conley came back from N. Wales to-day where she has been since the flying bombs began. I saw her: she has grown taller and speaks like a little Welsh girl – most charming. Bought a new book for writing my 1945 diary.
20 December 2014
18 Mon. Rather cold but fine bright sunny day with a clear blue sky. Warning at 4.0 a.m. Saw 11 clusters of searchlights following the courses of flying bombs. The sky was very clear and I saw one with its tail of flame but they were all a great way off. I saw the flashes as they went off but did not hear the bang except in one case to N. All clear 4.50 a.m. Further warning at 5.50 a.m. One very distant E, one very distant S: all clear 6.20 a.m. The men stripped the plaster from walls and ceiling of passage, then covered in with plaster board. They erected a staging in the passage and getting in and out was awkward and messy, the place being heaped up with chunks of plaster. When Mrs. Veale saw it she called it crazy paving. Did a lot of shopping locally morning and afternoon, buying among other things Xmas cards and also posting some. Got the Slate Club share-out in evening – 17/-. Visited Mrs. Child.
17 Sun. Milder than for a long time; never bright: some slight rain. The men took down damaged ceiling and walls of scullery and repaired same with good workmanship: I was pleased. Dear Connie Freeman in a new rig out with which she was obviously pleased also Clifford Gover called previous to going to Sunday School. Started work on a clothes post for Mrs Veale.
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photo sent to Fred