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13 April 2010

Saturday, 13th April 1940

Mild, dull but pleasant. Flew lightweight on Wimbledon Common with perfect results - great height, steep climb and flat glide. The Spooner boys were also there and got fine results; Alan did a flight of 1 min 58 secs; their uncle Mr. Woodgrove came as usual. Saw Knight and Double; the flying to-day was of a high order.

Regular readers of this blog will recall that we looked back a few months to follow the story of Fred's sister 'Cissy' who went into hospital on 15th October, 1939. Below: a postcard sent to Ciss many years earlier,  postmarked 7th September 1905.



















On Wednesday 19th November, 1939 Ciss was still in hospital. Fred wrote: ...Ciss still improving, took her raspberry roll for tea...
Thursday 30th November, 1939 Fred wrote: ...Gave Mrs. Pontifex Bus Rose Catalogue. Russsia invades Finland: wicked!
Friday 1st December, 1939: ...Re-boiled 9 lbs of greengage jam that needed after-treatment...
Saturday 2nd December: Fred's first mention of Ciss since 19th: ......took battery for charging, also Dad's collars to laundry and bought a cherry cake for Ciss in evening...
Sunday, 3rd December: ...Saw Ciss - looking much like herself. Brought away her glasses for repair...
Monday 4th December: Took parcel to Ciss including her repaired glasses and a lovely Souvenir de Claudius Pernet rose; the young lady clerk at the hospital admired its bright yellow colour. Took bundle of washing to Aunt Lizas for Sunlight laundry.
Wednesday 6th December: ...Ciss is making real headway and seems very cheerful. She won a box of chocolates in a hospital raffle...
Sunday 10th December: ...Saw Ciss to-day, still getting stronger and in fine spirits...
Tuesday 12th December: ...Air Warden called late at night as he had seen a bright light show at back of house; asked him into the garden and found it was Frayne's next door but one.
Wednesday 13th December: ...Saw Ciss in hospital; she is nearing the day when she will be discharged - another week or so...

(Can anyone complete the name of the rose, from 4th December? It's a short first name like Low or Louv. Comments please! - Now entered. Thank you Groatie.

2 comments:

  1. The rose is Souvenir de Claudius Pernet.

    You can see it in this link

    http://www.roseraie-fabien-ducher.com/en/roses/Souvenir-de-Claudius-Pernet.htm

    I'm so enjoying your Uncle's diary.

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  2. Thanks for info (I'll drop something in) and for following the diary. A bit of a tangle on dates today (16th April) as I did early in morning & Google recorded as yesterday...

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