25 November 2015

6th Feb 1946: Amen

6 Wed. Rather mild, dull, less wind. Got the groceries as usual, also hunted the district and finally bought fish at Merton. Met Miss Wilson (Wiseman?) who told me Mr Holland was dead: aged 87 he was a grand old man and a cheerful Christian whose Amen and Praise the Lord will be missed from the congregation of the Church. He came to tea here when Dad came for a short stay last summer. Dear Gwennie called after her illness which has been quite serious. However, she was in brilliant spirits and seemed glad to get out again for a short while: I do love her.

24 November 2015

4-5th Feb 1946: windy

4 Mon. Rather cold, fitful weather with rain squalls of violence with a few short periods of bright sunshine. Cycled to Morden, Merton, Haydons Rd Wimbledon and came back empty-handed but bought some fish cuttings at a shop just round the corner. Paid the club in evening.

5 Tues. Rather cold; wind of great violence, dull. To Wimbledon to buy cats meat. To Morden to buy gloss paint in two shades of brown to do the paint-work in the living room. Repaired the cupboard door in the living room it was broken in the bombing and never repaired.

23 November 2015

1st-3rd Feb 1946: brolley repaired... cycle puncture... Gwennie ill

1 Feb. Fri. Rather cold becoming less so: dull, very rough. Did some more house-cleaning, washed the living-room floor. Got the usual Fri. morning provisions, also to Morden to buy a few things. To Wimbledon in afternoon to get Ciss’ umbrella from Trotts who have repaired it. Punctured back tyre on my way there and had to walk cycle back; did so along rail path. Put up the remainder of the pictures in living room.

2 Sat. Rather mild for season but the strong wind made it feel cold. Fitful clouds and heavy showers & a little intermittent sunshine. To Wimbledon along rail path: bought sprats also ammonia liquid. Dorothy Longhurst came to tea and stayed to supper. She is just demobilised from the ATS. She has not been here for some time and she seemed to enjoy herself.

3 Sun. 54 degrees but the gales made it feel cold; dull, rain all day. Quite a crowd of children called to-day. Little Gwennie has been very ill and although she is better to-day will have to go into hospital.

22 November 2015

30th-31st Jan 1946: first liver for months

30 Wed. rather cold day after a wild night; very dull, rain. Got the groceries locally, also more ceiling-white. Finished whitewashing the living room ceiling and distempered the walls sunshine yellow. It looks very well indeed. Spent the evening clearing up and putting the furniture back.

31 Thur. rather cold becoming milder at night: very dull, rain most of day. To Wimbledon in morning bought a wall border for the living room and some lining paper. To butchers and bought some liver – first time they have had any for months; very nice too. To Morden to buy sprats. Put up the border in living room which looks very nice now: the paintwork still requires to be done.

21 November 2015

28th-29th Jan 1946: getting plastered

28 Mon. Rather cold. Fine sunny day but chilly wind. To Morden cats meat shop in morning. Post letter to Capt Marshall who is in Germany. Got accumulators. More work plastering holes and cracks in living room walls. There are so many it is taking a long while to prepare the walls for the distemper but it is nearly done now.

29 Tues. rather cold, dull, very windy, rain. To Merton to buy fish pieces for Dinky. Bought a jar of delicious smoked roe fish paste and a few other things at the grocers. White-washed the living room ceiling in afternoon: it looks really splendid and far better than the ceiling of the sitting room, the new plaster being of far better quality.

20 November 2015

25th-27th Jan 1946: recycling for refugees

25 Fri. Cold, becoming less cold, dull, calm, drizzle. To the butchers, bakers and other shops locally also bought fish at Merton. Took a parcel of left off clothing to the Church where a collection is being made for the United Nations Relief of Refugees in Europe. Met Arthur Swift in Coombe Lane; he had been on a fruitless pilgrimage of all the fish shops for miles around to get some cod.

26 Sat. Rather cold, dull, rain later. To Merton to buy cat’s meat. Spoke to Mr. Wheeler the greengrocer whose wife has just died. She used to call here to deliver vegetables before he did the round. Chas brought the distemper brush so now I can decorate the living room.

27 Sun. Frost morning and night, foggy except for some hazy sunshine in afternoon. Gave a chocolate each to Laurie, Anne & Victor. Wrote letter to Capt. Marshall who is now in Germany.