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23 April 2010

Tuesday, 23rd April 1940

Very mild, lovely in the sun, calm and balmy, rain at night; good Uncle Dick called; he does not seem very happy at Worcester Park. Divided up some overgrown perrennials (sic) in the garden. Reinforced centre section of low wing. Bought liver for Dinky.

We left Ciss on 31st Dec 1939 in Wimbledon Hospital - she entered on 15th October and on 17th had an operation to remove a lump in her 'chest'. Here are excerpts from Uncle Fred's diary which help us follow the events... but overnight on 1 January 1940,  Fred was thinking of someone else:
...Dreamed I met dear Annie Chapman face to face, and that she declined an offer of marriage I had made; haven't met her for probably 15 years; wonder whether I ever shall again. Stayed in today as there was no need to go to the shops.





















Fred had written this at the back of his 1939 notebook, and rewrote it precisely - shown here - in his new 1940 notebook. These notebooks are really intended for cash accounts, as we see from the printed rules.




Tuesday, 2nd January 1940: ...The barrage balloons look very beautiful with the red sunshine on them in a hazy blue sky...
Wednesday, 3rd January: ...dangerously slippery but got as far as the hospital to see Ciss who is not to be discharged yet... Mr Bradley gave me an old Rexophone crystal set...
Sunday, 7th January: ...Ciss is still detained by part of the wound taking a long time to heal - a trial of patience.
Wednesday, 10th January: ... Saw Ciss to-day. Also visited by Lily, Uncle Henry, Madge, Mrs Child and her new baby for Ciss to see. Ciss is having sunlight treatment...
Thursday, 11th January: ...bought my weekly 3/4lb sugar ration...
Saturday, 13th January: ...the milkman leaves a bottle of frozen milk every morning...
Sunday, 14th January: ...Through the bitter weather to see Ciss in hospital: she is almost rteady to go away now. She won a cake in a hospital raffle...
Tuesday, 16th January: ...In the afternoon to buy Scourine for the hospital also stamps for Ciss our sugar rations 3/4lb each week...
Wednesday, 17th January: ...the kettles standing on the gas stove were frozen in the morning... Took some things to Ciss in hospital including her sugar ration. She is almost ready to come out...
Thursday, 18th January: ...Heard the North London munitions explosion at 10-45 this morning. The concussions shook the windows violently twice within a few seconds.
Sunday, 21st January: ...went to see Ciss in hospital despite Arctic weather...Evereything is now ready for Cis to go to Bognor just waiting for the wound to heal up finally. Next Thursday is a probability; wonder if there will be another postponement.
Monday, 22nd January: ...tried unsuccesfully to thaw lavatory cistern: it has been frozen all this year.
Wednesday, 24th January: ...Ciss is due at last to go to Bognor tomorrow having been on hospital since 15th October last...

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