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31 May 2011

Sunday 18th May 1941: a gentle day

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Very mild; some nice, gentle sunshine, and the wind is now South: rain at night. To Wimbledon Common in evening; saw Somes and others.
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Saturday 17th May 1941: pilchards & gegenschein

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Morning frost but mild, sunny day. The wind is veering from many quarters and every barrage balloon appears to be facing a different direction to the others. Trotting about trying to buy food; bought some pilchards at 1/6 a pound in Wimbledon. Did a lot of gardening. The sky being unusually clear and there being no moon the Zodiacal Light and Gegenschein were clearly visible after dark.

Notes:
1/6 = one shilling and sixpence;
genenshein is faint brightening of night sky opposite the sun - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gegenschein


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Friday 16th May 1941: frost, mint & bombers

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Severe hoar frost, like a snow storm; cool day but getting milder and the wind is veering west, so perhaps the winter is nearly finished. In morning to buy a piece of meat. To Wimbledon in afternoon to do some shopping. Bought mint roots and planted in evening. Two bombers beat the sirens during the early hours; warning from 3.30 to 4.17 a.m. Night raid at 11.50 p.m. Many machines but raid was not local. The guns at the camp fired off a few rounds at the raiders. All clear at 4.0 a.m. also at 4.30 a.m. on 17 Sat.
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28 May 2011

Thursday 15th May 1941: food scarce

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Cool, cloudy, showers; chilly N.wind. Hunting about for something for dinner; got two meat pies eventually. Food is scarcer than ever, & we are reduced to a few vegetables and bread; there is little else. Dug over strip of garden and planted summer beans.
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Wednesday 14th May 1941: bomber beat sirens

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A bomber beat the sirens and got here before they sounded at 1.15 a.m., all clear at 1.30 a.m.
14 Wed (contd) In morning to the shops. Have to cook the dinner now, and do a bit of domestic work. Covered tail of plane with yellow tissue, doped and set it. Looks very nice.
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Tuesday 13th May 1941: no cat food; Hess deserts

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Very mild, some moderate sunshine, fresh N.breeze but quite pleasant. After waiting a long time in a queue failed to get anything for the cats. Herr Rudolphp Hess, Nazi party leader, deserts Hitler and flies to England in a plane. Is this the first sign of a Nazi coillapse>
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24 May 2011

Monday 12th May 1941: Ciss starts at Holloway's

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Very mild, some gentle sunshine; the wind is still N. but much more temporate. Ciss started work at Holloway's. Warning from 5.0 to 6.0 a.m. Along line to Wimbledon. Met Mr. Conrade who told me Harold was injured in a raid on Belfast. Warning at 11.42 p.m. , only a little distant gunfire; all clear at 1.50 a.m. on 13 Tues.
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Sunday 11th May 1941: many houses down

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White morning frost, cool day, but less wind; dull. Went to see the show of daffodils on dear Mother's grave. Saw a huge bomb crater on the lawn of a house in Church Path. Along line in the evening to see the locos. Also saw where many houses were down just over Dundonald level crossing. I hear six people were killed. The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Hall were seriously damaged last night. Warning from 9.55 to 10.5 p.m. Night warning at 11.58 p.m. Only very distant gunfire; all clear at 3.45 a.m. on 12 Mon.
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Saturday 10th May 1941: Morden bombed, terrible

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Battersea Paper Mills destroyed - rain of burned paper
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Very cool, chilly N.E. wind, dull. To Wimbledon along line, saw a Brighton 4-4-0 loco. very elegant. Bought cats' provisions. Night raid at 10.55 p.m. A terrible affair, great number of bombers with fighter escorts. Great number of bombs dropped some at Lower Morden. A German fighter machine-gunned the local searchlight. We have now heard that 33 machines were brought down by our fighters. The Battersea Paper Mills was destroyed and the garden and everywhere is strew with burned paper. The raid was centred on London and damage and casualties are very great: all clear at 5.33 a.m. on 11th Sun.
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11 May 2011

Thursday 8th May 1941: down in flames

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Very cool, chilly N.E.wind, dull. Tried to buy something for the cats but failed. Untimed warning in morning. Also from 2.53 to 3.23 p.m. Night raid at 11.55 p.m.. The raid had scare begun when a machine power-dived ar a great rate, the sound ending abruptly as if it was down. Went into the road to find that people saw it come down in flames over the Common way. Many machine took part and I heard four bombs whistle down in Merton direction. Local guns did not fire, little gunfire at all. Distant all clear at 3.30 a.m. on 9th Fri. Local all clear at 4.12 a.m.
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Wednesday 7th May 1941: frost damages roses

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Very cool - 45 degrees midday; very dull, boisterous chilly N.E. wind. In morning to buy cats' meat at Amity Grove. Preparing for sewing beans in the garden. The new growth on the roses is badly damaged by frosts.
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Tuesday 6th May 1941: "we need rain"

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Morning frost, very cool day, overcast: chilly N. wind. To Wimbledon along railway.Had to water the garden; we need rain. Warning from 11.57 to 11.48 p.m., no incidents.
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Monday 5th May 1941: cat food...? salmon

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Rather mild, overcast; wind much less severe. Out twice to buy something for cats and nearly gave up hope of getting anything, but eventually found a shop with a small tin of salmon. Dug over nearly half the garden. Warning from 11.10 to 11.47 p.m.
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9 May 2011

Sunday 4th May 1941: model planes & frost

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Thick white morning frost, rather cool day but less wind and a little warmth in the sun. To Wimbledon Common to see models. Jones(?) & Booker were there; Jones' model flew out of sight in 7 min 55 seconds. The flowering trees are coming out now and Spring is well on the way. Night warning at 11.51 p.m. All times are now 2 hrs ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. The raid was not within sight or hearing but many machines came back this way from N. to S. and some were fired at. All clear at 4.25 a.m. on 5 Mon.
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7 May 2011

Saturday 3rd May 1941: two hours daylight saving

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Very cool, chilly E. wind but some sunshine with little warmth in it. To Wimbledon to but cats' food. Also out during evening. Dorothy Longhurst came to tea. Played the gramophone to her; she is very lovely. Alan Spooner brought a new power valve for test. Raid warning at 10.25 p.m. Not many machines and no local gunfire; the raid was centred elsewhere. All clear at 2.10 a.m. on the 4th Sun but as the clock is put forward another hour making two hours on all told the new time should read 3.10 a.m. on 4 May. Sun...
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2 May 2011

Friday 2nd May 1941: rough

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Rather mild, cloudy, the chilly E. wind is very rough. Out only in evening. Madge and Margaret called in evening.
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1 May 2011

Thursday 1st May 1941: repaired chair

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Mild, very rough wind. To do shopping in afternoon. Fitted two rails to broken bedroom chair of Mrs. Child.  Met Gladys and Mrs. Leeley in Coombe Lane.
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Wednesday 30th April 1941: magic with radio-gram

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Mild, some weak sun, but N wind is raging. To buy cats' meat and a new rose for the watering can. Alan Spooner brought some records and a microphone to try. Fitted parallel output to radio-gram.
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Tuesday 29th April 1941: blue felt overcoat

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Very cool, less dull but E. wind is very piercing. To Wimbledon to do shopping. Called for my new blue overcoat at Regos(?); it is of fine felt and I am pleased. Madge called. Letter and Railway magazines from Chas Staden.
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Monday 28th April 1941: pair of pink candels

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Very cool, dismal, the sky looking more like snow than ever but the wind has dropped. To Wimbledon to buy cats' food, also bought a pair of pink, dip candles to put in the walnut candlesticks on my bedroom mantelpiece: look very artistic. Uncle Tom called: looks well for his age.
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Sunday 27th April 1941: roses shrivelled

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Cold; the sky overcast and looking like snow. The bitter N. wind has shrivelled the new growth on the roses. Walk along line to Wimbledon; saw loco. Lord Howe - a grand engine. Dear Joan Hicks called; she is my favourite: a very lovely girl.
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Saturday 26th April 1941: raging North wind

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Cool but sunny. The raging N. wind is still very rough.To do some shopping. Also to Richmond Road to give Madge a message. Warning from 6.10 to 6.22 p.m. Also from 11.13 p.m. to 1.0 a.m. on 27th. Four machines passed over; two were fired at.
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