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29 June 2011

Thursday 26th June 1941: mint from Liza

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Warm, fine, but not so much sun to-day. Bought some goods in Wimbledon, walking there and back along the rail path. Planted mint root given me by Aunt Liza.


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Wednesday 25th June 1941: roses & bomb damage

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Very warm, brilliant sunshine all day; perfect. To buy provisions in morning. In afternoon cycled to Worcester Park and Old Malden; saw considerable bomb damage there. The country is lovely and the roses in Motspur Park superb. Gave Doris Parr some roses.

On this day. Churchill in the House of Commons: "If we win nobody will care. If we lose, there will be nobody to care."
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28 June 2011

Tuesday 24th June 1941: model aircraft

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Warm, fine, but less sun than of late. To Wimbledon along line* to do shopping. Flew 37 ins model on Common in evening with splendid results, finishing with a long flight taking off from the ground.**
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Notes: * Fred was referring to the path alongside the railway. **The tissue-covered, balsa-wood, model aircraft was powered by strands of strong elastic bound together at the ends and wound many times before each flight with a hand-drill. The aircraft would, ideally, circle slowly, being brought around by the ground-adjusted rudder. Fred kept his aircraft at home with the wheels hooked over a picture rail, the aircraft hanging on the wall pointing vertically to the ceiling.
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Monday 23rd June 1941: bombers & bicycles

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Warning from 1.20 to 3.0 a.m. A few machines came within earshot and some firing in the S.E.
23 Mon (con) Warm, fine sunny day but relieved by a freshening breeze. Cycled to do the shopping. Put the Rudge-Whitworth chain on my cycle and took off the Hans-Renold for cleaning.
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Sunday 22nd June 1941: Germany invades Russia

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Scorching hot, glorious flaming day; 84 in the shade. Went to Church in evening; heard Dr. Milum preach. Dear Annie Chapman was there but I did not speak to her: perhaps I shall next time. Went to see the lovely gardens along Coombe Lane. Germany invades Russia after Hitler had declared eternal friendship for that country..
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26 June 2011

Saturday 21st June 1941: scorching day; early radar

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Scorching hot day; sunshine up to 120 deg all day, maximum shade temperature 84: grand. Ron Coopercalled in new Standard car in afternoon. He is an Air Ministry Radio research expert. Took him to see the wireless detector station on the fields; he, of course, knows all about that. Cycled to Wimbledon to get cats' meat and to inquire about Mrs. Spooner who has had an operation but is progressing satisfactorily. Aunt Liza returned from Preston today.
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Friday 20th June 1941: linen on window

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Very warm, grand sunny day but rather heavy and close. To buy meat in morning. Men put in two more panes of glass. Shopping in afternoon; met Ruby Cook in Coombe Lane. Trimmed privet hedge and bush in front garden. The climbing rose is a picture to-day: about 50 blooms on it. Took the black card of the front room window and covered it with white linen to let in more light. To Dear Mother's grave in evening to water the flowers. A hard day's work.
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20 June 2011

Thursday 19th June 1941: windows in, roses out

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Very warm; grand day but sunshine a little more hazy. The man came to put two glass panes in the living room window; now we can look at the garden through the window: Ciss came home and found the job done and was pleased. Heard first cuckoo on Wimbledon Common on 18th Wednesday. Cycled to Worcester Park in evening: very enjoyable: the roses in the gardens are coming out.
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Wednesday 18th June 1941: first roses

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Very warm, grand sunny day but rather more hazy than yesterday. The first roses out in the back garden are Betty Pritchard(?) and Walter C Clarke. Out twice in morning to the shops. Planted marrows and sowed some more onion, parsnip and lettuce seeds. Flew the 37ins model on Common in evening but did not get it in trim at the first attempt. Must try again.

Note: blog reader 'Greyfox' says: The name of the rose is Betty Uprichard. Picture here https://www.classicroses.co.uk/roses/betty-uprichard-bush-rose.html
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Tuesday 17th June 1941: 77 in the shade

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Distant warning at 12.50 a.m. , all clear at 1.6 a.m. A few machines and distant gunfire.
17 Tues. (con.) Very warm, grand sunny day without a break. 77 in the shade 120 in the sun. To Wimbledon along rail path. Bought three very bright scarlet geraniums and a doz. antirrhinum plants at Faulkners; planted same on Dear Mother's grave in evening: looks nice.
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Monday 16th June 1941: Fred seems perky!

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Warm, glorious sunny day. Temperature up to70 degrees F. At last we get a really lovely day. Walk to do shopping and cycled to Merton and Wimbledon; bought cats' meat and also model aero. rubber and lubricant. The climbing rose at front door is at its best; rather late, but a great number of blooms are out and rather more orange in colour than usual.
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Sunday 15th June 1941: nicest day; Dad here

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Rather warm, a lot of lovely sunshine but a fresh breeze; nicest day this year so far. Dad, Alb & Lily to tea. First time Dad has been here since Sep. last; so it was his first sight of the Chestnut Road damage and also our own nicely decorated house; he was pleased to come here again but went back to Tolworth. To Holland Gardens in evening; roses not out yet. Had a talk there with an old man who was well versed in rose lore: very interesting.
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18 June 2011

Saturday 14th June 1941: little gunfire & D-I-Y

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Enemy plane at 1.10 a.m. followed by warning at 1.15. Several planes followed but almost no gunfire. All clear at 1.30 a.m.
14 Sat.(con.) Very mild, dull, but not unpleasant. To Wimbledon; bought pair of curtain rod brackets which I put up in the evening also brackets for short curtain.
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Friday 13th June 1941

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Mild, some genial sunshine but spoilt by chilly wind. Spent afternoon shopping. Planted the lovely pansys (sic) on dear Mother's grave in evening.
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Thursday 12th June 1941: waltz, grave & aircraft

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Very mild, some genial sunshine; calm: much nicer. To Wimbledon along tail line. Bought book of Brahms' Waltzes Op.39 also a violin string. Other shopping as well; bought lovely pansy roots for Mother's grave. Re-covered 37ins wing with yellow tissue - look nice.
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17 June 2011

Wednesday 11th June 1941: model aircraft work

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Chilly morning, N wind but some weak sunshine getting milder: an improvement. Out morning to do shopping. Started re-covering 37ins wing with yellow tissue. Alan Spooner called in evening.
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Tuesday 10th June 1941

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Mild, dismal, rain till just before dark; chilly wind. In the rain to the shops. A little work repairing the 37ins wing in readiness fop re-covering.
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Monday 9th June 1941: shops in rain

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Mild, dismal; torrents of rain all day without a break. To Wimbledon to do shopping including a high-tension battery: arrived back very wet.
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Sunday 8th June 1941

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Very mild, fitful heavy clouds and heavy showers. Walk to Malden; got no reply at Uncle Ben's. Alric Avenue has about 14 houses destroyed by bombs.
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Saturday 7th June 1941: washstand repairs

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Terrific bomb explosion at 1.55 a.m. to northward without warning; the plane that dropped it passing over to the south. A brilliant intermittent light was to be seen from the direction in which the bomb fell.
7 Sat. Continued. Very mild, nice sunny morning, but thunder in afternoon, torrential rain setting in for rest of day. Shopping in the rain. Repaired Dad's washstand damaged in the bombing.
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16 June 2011

Friday 6th June 1941: first cycle ride this year!

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Mild, getting warmer as the day advanced; very cloudy and dull. Warning from 9.25 to 9. 35 a.m: no incidents. An enemy plane flew over from N. to S at 11.0 a.m. - mo warning but a few shots were fired at it. To Wimbledon in afternoon: bought tomato plants and put them in the garden. In evening for a short cycle ride; first this year. Went up Grand Drive and along Hillcross Avenue.
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13 June 2011

Thursday 5th June 1941:

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Some planes and distant gunfire during the thunder storm. All clear at 3.10 a.m. Mild, very dull day, rain. Did the usual shopping. In evening took off bulbs from dear Mother's grave. Bought Merton Parish Magazine with lovely photo. of the Church on the cover to send to Fred Fraine. A little girl whom I did not know passed me in the street , looked up smilingly at me and said "Hullo"; wasn't that lovely of her! Warning from 1.5 to 1.35 p.m.
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Wednesday 4th June 1941: "thunder storm"

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Chilly, dismal morning but getting surprisingly warmer during the day. Some lovely sunshine later but finishing up with a thunder storm. Did some gardening. Warning at 12.10 a.m. on... (5 Thur)
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Tuesday 3rd June 1941: all wet and shopping

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Mild, but chilly N. wind; very dull, rain till evening. Busy with my shopping as usual: not much time for anything else.
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12 June 2011

2nd June Whit Monday 1941:

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Mild, but chilly N.E. wind; dull. Tied up plants and sowed flower seeds in garden. Very unpleasant out of doors.
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1 June. Whitsunday, 1941: bombs & pretty flowers

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Mild, chilly wind; some sun but little warmth in it. Nice walk in evening along Merton Park Golf Links. Many sign of bomb havoc there. I saw in the Cherry Woods a little colony of pretty magenta wild flowers with fernlike leaves; I think they were of the eranesbill(???) family: it cheered me to see them. Warning at 11.50 p.m. Several machines went over; two were fired at by the local guns: all clear at 3.20 a.m. on... (2 June)
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10 June 2011

Saturday 31st May 1941: injured in Belfast

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Mild, very dull; calm. Did a lot of shopping in Wimbledon. Met Mr. Conrade who says Harold was injured in a raid on Belfast but was all right now.  Heather Booth called, charming girl. Put up curtains to windows which now have half their glass fitted: looks more civilised now. Did some gardening.
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Friday 30th May 1941: fancy glass

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Mild, gloomy: had to light the gas midday; showers. To buy meat etc in morning; other provisions in afternoon. The glazier put two panes of fancy glass in front door. Some gardening in evening. Alan Spooner called to show me two electric motors taken from vacuum cleaners.
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9 June 2011

Thursday 29th May 1941: terrific explosion...

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Mild, dull, rain setting in later. Terrific explosion at 12.10 p.m. The blast whizzed past before the ground wave reached us to shake the house violently. The workmen came and put in six glass windows it seems strange to be able to see out of the windows after seven months of opaque windows. To buy foodstuffs during afternoon. Sow more poppy seeds in evening.
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6 June 2011

Wed 28th May 1941: pay-to-view German fighter

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Very mild, but a fresh S.E. wind; some genial sunshine. In morning to buy cats' meat at Amity Grove. To Cannon Hill Common in afternoon to see the Messerschmitt 109 German fighter on view, the proceeds going to buy a British Spitfire. The German machine was well made and finished; the rudder and elevators had been shot away. Sowed some seeds in garden in evening. Warning from 12.15 to 12.30 p.m.
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Tuesday 27th May 1941

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Mild, getting cooler. Showers and little weak sunshine. To Wimbledon; bought some provisions. The trees are all beautifully green now except the oak, ash and acacias which are just starting. The lilac in the front garden has more blossom than ever before. Starting trimming privet hedges.
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Monday 26th May 1941: Ciss in own bed

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Mild, cloudy, rain almost all day: the wind is S.W. The shopping as usual. Bought tomato plants and planted them in the rain. Uncovered 37ins wing with a view to re-covering. Ciss slept in her own bed; first time since early in November.
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4 June 2011

Sunday 25th May 1941: cherry blossom + visitors

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Mild, cloudy & dull; heavy rain setting in during the afternoon. Walked along Coombe Lane as far as the Kingston-by-pass. The gardens are quite advanced here in spite of the late season in general. Some of the lawns are swept with the snow of the double pink cherry blossom - really beautiful. Mrs. Jordan to tea. Mrs Akroyd to supper. Alan Spooner brought me some aero materials I asked him to get.
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Saturday 24th May 1941: ...rain needed

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Mild, very dull & cloudy, rain commencing in afternoon: we need it very much. To Merton & Wimbledon to buy food. Bought some marrow plants.
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Friday 23rd May 1941: rabbits' carrots, lilacs for dance

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Very mild after rain; cloudy. To the shops, morning and afternoon. Took some carrot tops to Mrs Wheal's for the rabbits. Saw their garden. Cut large bunch of lilacs for Chas who wants it for a concert and dance. First rose out on Climbing rose at front door.
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2 June 2011

Thursday 22nd May 1941: food found... gardening

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Rather warm midday, cloudy. Managed to get something today without going to Wimbledon. Put in the new staked for the loganberry and tied up the runners to them. Alan Spooner called with valve for test. Dug over border in preparation for planting in evening.
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Wednesday 21st May 1941: search for food continues

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Very mild, cloudy, calm; slight rain at night. Mrs Pontifex and Mary (Meg? Marg?) called in afternoon; made them a cup of tea. No need to mention my adventures in search of food.
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Tuesday 20th May 1941: food shortage... & glass

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Mild, very dull, calm. Man came from the council to measure the windows for glass. Walked to Merton and returned via Wimbledon in my quest for food. Shops are only selling non-rationed food to registered customers which is very unjust. If one's usual retailer cannot supply one has to starve.
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Monday 19th May 1941: loganberry plants

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Mild, some gentle sun, pleasant. Spent afternoon doing the shopping. Got dinner ready by six as usual. Painted some quertering(???) to make stakes for the loganberry plants.
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