10 February 2016

7th-8th June 1946: Victory Celebration Day & fly-past

7 Fri. Rather warm, fine sunny day but dull & cloudy later: the wind has dropped. Tomorrow being Victory Day I spent the morning doing shopping as the shops will then be closed. I stood in queues at the bakers, butchers, fishmongers at the cats meat shop. Accidentally broke the corrugated glass in the scrubbing board so had to buy a piece costing 3/- at Rayner Davis, Merton. Also to grocers, chemists etc etc. A busy and tiring morning. Cousin Maud called in evening: Alan Spooner, on leave, came while she was here. Joy Winsley brought a fuse-bulb for me to test.

Official programme for Victory celebrations
Official programme for the Victory Celebrations, 8th June 1946
8 Sat. Rather mild, very dull & cloudy, rain setting in midday. Victory Celebration Day. Heard the broadcast of the wonderful Victory Procession. Saw the aeroplane fly-past which came this way. Two types of jet-propelled planes took part as well as Spitfires, Hurricanes, Halifaxes, Lancasters, Tempests and Hornets. Anne Conley called in morning and made me very happy. Put top camber on new wing – starboard side. Drew out design for the port-side wing and started to build.

Here: link to Wikipedia page on the part-controversial celebrations.

9 February 2016

5th-6th June 1946: cheque received for war damage

5 Wed. Rather cool, very rough, chilly wind, some weak sun late in the day. Got the groceries also to Morden to buy fish. The three children called also Anne & Leonard Conley: showed them how to make folded paper birds beaks. Fitted several bits to new 39 ins aero wing. We received to-day the cheque for covering the war damage done to our home and the matter is settled save for buying the required articles, some replacements and repairs are already done.

6 Thur. Very mild, some sunny periods, the wind is still rough and chilly. Bought fish at Merton. Bought asters in Wimbledon and planted them on dear Mother’s grave. Also to butchers. More work on wing of 39 ins aero. The three children called.

8 February 2016

3rd-4th June 1946: the start of a new model

3 Mon. Mild, cloudy, very rough cool wind, a few gleams of sunshine. To Morden to buy fish. Bought strips of balsa wood also sheet balsa & cement at Normans, oh, and white tissue. Made a start at building a new model aeroplane wing, having drawn it out in the morning. Gwennie & Laurie called, dear Gwennie is so charming.

4 Tues. Rather cool, dull, cloudy, showers, rain setting in later; very rough chilly wind. Bought fish locally, also drawing pins: took accumulator. Sowed lettuce seed. The crimson paeony has 19 gorgeous blooms on it. Mr. Evans the landlord & a decorators estimator saw the house with a view to having it done.

7 February 2016

1st-2nd June 1946: bother Alb visits

1 June Sat. Rather mild, cloudy, heavy showers, cool rough SW wind. To Wimbledon to buy fish, got caught in a heavy shower. Aunt Liza called. Would like to make a new model aeroplane: had a look at what balsa wood I had in stock – very little.

2 Sun. Rather mild, very cloudy and rough but a few glimpses of the sun. Gave Laurie a 12 ins. propeller mounted on a shaft and handle: he ran all the way home with it revolving merrily in the wind. Alb called in evening. Lily and Anthony having gone to Basingstoke he took the opportunity of coming. Mrs. Akroyd came to tea.

6 February 2016

30th-31st May 1946: fish and music

30 Thur. Very mild to rather warm; the wind is now SW: some pleasant sunshine. To butchers. Bought a dozen zinnias at Merton and planted them on Dear Mother’s grave. Gwennie & Laurie called when we were having dinner. I gave Gwennie a piece of my sausage meat – she liked it: children love to have a piece from off a grown-up’s plate.

31 Fri. Rather cool, cloudy, rain till late afternoon: stiff cool breeze. To butchers, bakers etc. all local shops: bought nice piece of smoked cod fillet 1/10. Played the two Beethoven Sonatas also made another rather better attempt at the Waldstein.

5 February 2016

28th-29th May 1946: aeroplanes, roses & jam

28 Tues. Cool, dull, rainy morning: mild sunny afternoon. Bought mustard seed. Bought fish in Wimbledon. Gave Laurie a book of aeroplanes.

29 Wed. Becoming very mild; drizzle till late afternoon when the weather cleared up a little. Got the groceries including a 2 lb. tin of melon and ginger jam: sounds attractive. The three children called: Gwennie got a promise out of me that I would give her some roses to take to her teacher when I have got more in bloom: that is a pleasure any way. The rose at the front door looks nice to-day.