30 May 2015

30th May 1945: fish queue

30 Wed. Mild to very mild, some pleasant sunny periods. Got a long list of groceries in morning also waited in a long queue at Merton to buy fish. Fitted new volume control to radio-gram and gave it a trial; only the loud-speaker needs repair now.

29 May 2015

29th May 1945: sounds good

29 Tues. Very cool; small amount of weak sun in afternoon. Bought tinned foodstuffs locally. Gwennie and Laurie called in afternoon. Bought paper in Morden. Alan Spooner called in evening to show me an all mains amplifier he has made: a good piece of work in a metal case. He brought two volume controls for me to try as a control on the gramophone. Fitted Harold Marshall’s new high-tension battery to my set with grand power and quality.

28 May 2015

28th May 1945: in tune

28 Mon. Very cool, very dull, rain afternoon. Did a lot of shopping locally, also to Wimbledon to buy fish. Joan Storey and Alec called in evening and brought some eggs and a high tension battery from Harold. Mr. Lane tuned the piano which is in much better trim than for some time. To pay Slate Club.

27 May 2015

27th May 1945: making a noise

27 Sun. Very cool to very mild; dull, fairer later. Most of the Norris family came in to make a noise on the instruments. Helped Addie Veale to lift two of the heavy corrugated steel arches out of her Anderson shelter: four more to come out. Gentle cycle ride round the new roads of Worcester Prk and Motspur Prk to see the gorgeous display of roses in the front gardens: they are magnificent.

26 May 2015

26th May 1945: Victory tea, dancing in the streets

26 Sat. Very cool, rain till 4 p.m. then a little finer for a short while. Cycled to N. Cheam to buy fish. Also bought vegetables locally. In afternoon to Morden to buy haricot beans and dried peas. Tried vainly to buy a cake. Got accumulators and bought prepared canvas to repair cycle tyre. The Chestnut Rd. Victory children’s tea to-day. Tea was served in the Salvation Army Hall and children’s races held in the road. At night the road was gay with coloured lights and bright lights hung above the road while people danced to a piano and an accordion. I did not go to see, but a platform was erected as if a concert was going to be held.

25 May 2015

25th May 1945: a new cleaner?

25 Fri. Slight morning frost, cool morning, very mild afternoon with some pleasant sunshine. Got the meat, beef, this week, also some buns, sweets, some herrings etc. Thinned out the seedlings. A woman came in this afternoon to do some cleaning to the house. Connie Freeman and Ann Cole came in to amuse themselves on the piano and organ.