16 August 2017

17th August 1948: I do not play very hard...

Mild, rain, dull. All the children called. Gwennie came in afternoon and the rain kept her here which did not concern her in the least as she stayed to tea. I had previously played table tennis with her: she won both games. I do not play very hard of course.

15 August 2017

16th August 1948: Too old?

16 Mon. Very mild, some pleasant sunshine but a stiff breeze. The children called; played Sebastopol with them: Gwennie won. To Morden to buy fish. Took Ciss’ shoes for repair. Saw Arthur Child, Leonard Conley and a friend playing cricket on the playing fields: their friend was a very fast bowler. I bowled a few of my spinners at them but I am too old for cricket. Payed the Slate Club.

14 August 2017

15th August 1948: A happy time

15 Sun. Very mild, dull, cloudy. Ted & Beryl Green came to tea with their two boys Nigel and Terry: had a happy time. Only a short walk.

13 August 2017

14th August 1948: Improvement all round

14 Sat. Very mild after rain, some pleasant sunny periods: a great improvement: almost calm. Gwennie called to-day: she is getting better: she brought me a piece of her birthday cake. Posted the photos to Katie who is at Worthing. Did some shopping locally in afternoon: bought plums and tomatoes. To Wimbledon Common to fly the small spar model with fair results under fine conditions. The duration was not great as I had no-one to hold the model while I stretch-wound the rubber motor: anyway it flew as well as possible with that limitation.

12 August 2017

13th August 1948: A busy day

13 Fri. Cool for August; very dull; rain on and off all day. Got a piece of beef from the butchers, also bought a cake, sweets etc. locally. In afternoon to Wimbledon, bought fish also three plastic pastry cutters at Woolworths: they are in the shapes of cat, dog and rabbit respectively. Ciss will make some biscuits with them. Donald & Laurie called. Went to see Gwennie who is still in bed but is a bit better today: the doctor says she can get up a little while to-morrow. Made three prints of the photo I took of Katie & Franz.

11 August 2017

12th August 1948: No bike today...

12 Thur. Rather cool, very dull, boisterous SW wind. Dear Gwennie is 10 to-day. Unfortunately she is laid up with gastritis but will have a tea party on Sunday if she is better. Gwennie was delighted to hear that Cousin Len’s wife Doris had a baby girl to-day. Gwennie said it was the best present of all: the new baby’s name is Madeleine Joan. Donald, who said he was a Christian, and Laurie called. I decorated some poppy heads with blue and yellow celluloid enamel and Donald took them to Gwennie. Shopping locally and in Morden. Walk up Edge Hill and down the Downs in evening.