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31 July 2011

Thursday 10th July 1941: cats' veal & ham galantine

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Very warm, humid; the sun is more hazy than for some time. The usual visit to Wimbledon to buy cats' meat of veal and ham galantine. To Uncle Henry's in evening to see his wireless; The H.T. battery has a bad internal connection.
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Wednesday 9th July 1941: air raid, music & models

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Warning at 1.20 a.m. Only a few distant noises: all clear at 1.30 a.m.
9 Wed . (con.) Very warm but the sunshine was hazy and the air heavy and humid. Out just after 9.0 a.m. to do some shopping. Chas called in afternoon; he is on the sick list and has just been in hospital for a few days. Alan Spooner called with a few records he wanted played on my gramophone. To Wimbledon Common in evening to fly 37ins model with good results in a stiff breeze. There was not much lift, the air being so humid.
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Tuesday 8th July 1941: long drought

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Warning at 1.33 a.m.: all clear at 2.30 a.m.
8 Tues. (con.) Simply glorious 86 in the shade; 120 in the sun.** To Wimbledon as usual to do shopping. Am still feeding Fluffy*** morning and evening; he is a lovely cat. To water Dear Mother's grave in evening. The earth is parched and gardens are beginning to show signs of the long drought..
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Notes: ** degrees Farenheit.   ***a friend's cat
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30 July 2011

Monday 7th July 1941: sun, moon & irises

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The glorious weather continues; the sun was intense to-day. The night was clear and a wonderful full moon made the night as beautiful as the day. To Wimbledon along the railway to buy cats' food. Dug up and divided and re-planted the irises in the front garden.
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Sunday 6th July 1941: model aircraft & roses

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An unbelievably glorious day: the sun was intensely bright and warm. Walk to the Common; saw a few modellists whom I knew. Showed Mr.Ward the garden and the roses.
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Saturday 5th July 1941: biscuit & spud queues

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"Shopping these days is a heartbreaking business"

Warm; perfect day in every way. To Wimbledon to do shopping which proved to be a wild goose chase as I came back with only two articles out of the list I wanted to buy. Had to queue up for two pounds of potatoes. The queue for biscuits was too long so gave it up as a bad job. Shopping these days is a heartbreaking business; very hard to get what you want, indeed only essentials are obtainable then only with difficulty. We are not starving but the prospects are not rosy. Saw a bit of cricket but too depressed to follow it all closely.


"We are not starving but the prospects are not rosy"
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17 July 2011

Friday 4th July 1941: wild roses at Epsom

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Warm, lovely sunny day but a stiff breeze blowing. The air was very pure, and stimulating. Mrs. Ainsworth to do some cleaning. Out morning to do shopping. In afternoon cycled to Epsom Common which looked at its best; I have never seen such a profusion of wild roses in bloom.
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Thursday 3rd July 1941: sensitive violin

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Very warm; glorious sunny day, rather stiff breeze but it was welcome. Fred Fraine** called this afternoon. He played my violin and I accompanied him on the piano. He said my violin was very sensitive and more suited to the expert as it showed up every defect; it also brings out every virtue as well, in short, the more you put into it the more it responds. Did all the shopping locally.
** I believe Fred Fraine was a solicitor

Wednesday 2nd July 1941: heavy bombs

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Some heavy shocks as of distant bombs at 1.45 a.m.
2 Wed (con) Simply glorious. In morning to the butchers also to buy cats' food. Cycled to Worcester Park in afternoon. Am beginning to improve in health and quite enjoyed the ride. Dear Madge called in evening.
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Note: I hadn't realised Fred had been ill! - TF
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Tuesday 1 July 1941: "how I detest this business!"

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Warm, perfectly lovely sunny day:even the wind was warm and genial but we need rain. Cycled to Raynes Park shops and walked to Wimbledon along the line alos to do shopping: how I detest this business! To Uncle Henry's in South Down Road in evening. Fitted the new H.T.** plugs and battery with great success; he was overjoyed to get his set going again

**High Tension... for wireless set.
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Monday 30th June 1941: summer sun

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Lovely warm sunny day; not too hot. Out twice in afternoon; once to Raynes Park shops and thence to Wimbledon. Alan Spooner called in evening. To water Dear Mother's grave.
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SPECIAL NOTE: apologies to regular readers that I've fallen behind - watch for a rapid catching up over next few days! -TF
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7 July 2011

Sunday 29th June 1941: tea and roses

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Warm, the evening was perfectly lovely, the sun being bright and warm. Mrs Akroyd to tea. Enjoyed playing my violin to-day. Walk along Coombe Lane and to Common Extension. The gardens in the Copse Hill district are superb - the roses especially.
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Saturday 28th June 1941: shelter paint

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Warm, cloudy, slight shower at night. Did the shopping in afternoon without going to Wimbledon. In evening to Uncle Henry's to fit new high-tension battery but found the battery defective. Alb and Lily called in evening to get the special shelter paint I bought during the afternoon.
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Friday 27th June 1941: late Winifred's house

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1.10 to 2.13 a.m. a few machines and distant gunfire.
27 Fri. (con.) warm, but mostly cloudy but some modest sun. To do shopping morning and afternoon man came to put another fancy glass pane in front door. Mrs.Hill did some house cleaning, Short cycle ride in evening to see the lovely house where Winifred Bishop - God Bless Her, used to live.
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