19 November 2017

19th November 1948: The barrage balloon

19 Fri. Rather mild, dull, a little more wind, rain later. Got the usual weekend shopping all locally. Gwennie called in morning and again in afternoon with Margaret. Showed them the barrage balloon which can be seen from the upstairs back windows: it is in a field in Worple Road. Planted a new gooseberry bush on a bed I have made up this week: I raised it from a cutting here.

18 November 2017

18th November 1948: Xmas puddings

18 Thur. Mild; actually 61 degs: dull, calm, slight suggestion of drizzle at times. To butchers. Cooked three Xmas puddings to-day for a duration of 5 hours. To Merton to buy cats meat. Met Doris Bridges, poor soul: I hope I cheered her: she is such a cripple with nerve disease.

17 November 2017

17th November 1948: Uncle Ben

17 Wed. Rather cold, fine sunny day, lovely but misty and drizzle at night. Got the groceries as usual on Wed. Also to Firths the chemists and was served by dear Joyce Ellis which is usual: bless her, she is lovely. Bought fish and also some hot winter gums at Davis served by Daisy which is usual. Eileen and Jean called they were lovely. Gwennie borrowed my ball. Went to Malden to inquire after Uncle Ben but got no reply so went next door. The lady told me he was in Victoria Hospital, Norbiton. Being on my bike I rode there and saw him. A very nice, small but comfortable place, I thought. I got there at tea time. He is in a very poor state with asthma and is very thin and run down. I don’t think much can be done for him, but he is well looked after and the rest should do him good. Told Aunt Liza I had seen him; she was rather worried as she had heard no news of him and did not know he was in hospital. Eileen and her brother Kennie called at dusk begging food; gave them a biscuit each. Drew out plan and started building tail of new spar aero.

16 November 2017

16th November 1948: Quacks-quacks!

16 Tues. Rather mild for season, very dismal, rain most of the day. Eileen and Jean called in morning. Bought fish and a paper locally in afternoon. Laurie and Margaret called in afternoon. Made paper “quack-quacks” for her: she was very good. Finished new 23 ins wing frame – needs covering and doping of course. A letter from Alb and one from Rev. Chas. Staden including a photo of him operating a talking film projector at his Church.

15 November 2017

15th November 1948: A prescription

15 Mon. Very cool, very dull, showers. Eileen called of course, so did Laurie later. Went to Morden in afternoon to buy fish, a paper and something at Boots*. Started digging a hole in the garden but had to stop because of the rain. Letter from Uncle Tom.

* A prescription was folded in the pages of the diary. Can anyone decipher it? If that is Phenobarbital, it might explain why Fred stayed at home with what might be some gentle piece work with accumulators and radio parts, rather than working in a factory. It is evident from all Fred’s shopping and errands, that ideally one person in a household would be based at home in the 1940s.
Also tucked in this week's pages, a newspaper cutting of a loco trial.

14 November 2017

14th November 1948: Royal event

14 Sun. Very mild for season, very dull and hazy and calm. A crowd of children called before Sunday School. Went to see Len and Emily Garrod in Lambton Road. They have sold the house and bought one between Stoneleigh and Ewell. They are all ready to move and will go shortly. Wrote letter to Uncle Tom. A baby boy was born to Princess Elizabeth this evening.