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29 October 2011

Sun 12th Oct 1941: model flew to anti-aircraft guns

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Cold morning and night. Mild day with some bright sunshine in afternoon but little warmth in it now. Flew my 37 ins model on Common in afternoon with splendid results. Mr.Tomes(?) was there with his red model. Mine flew over into the anti-aircraft gun enclosure, but a soldier got it back for me. Saw Mr and Mrs. Jones there and demonstrated my machine to them. Also Mr. and Mrs.Frank Collis.
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25 October 2011

Sat 11th Oct 1941: railways, batteries & secret love

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Very cool, rough chilly wind; dull. To Wimbledon along rail-path. Saw a Brighton Atlantic loco North(?) Foreland also 4.6.2 tank and a South Eastern 4.4.0 tender engine. Tried in vain to buy a high tension battery but Whitbourne put my name on his waiting list. Commercial three grid-bias batteries in series and am getting some loudspeaker results which will have to do for the present. Audrey Child called in morning, B, I do love her and Jean in evening to borrow a flat iron.

Fri 10th Oct 1941: electricity in sister's bedroom

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Mild, dull, damp. Miss Dixon came to do the cleaning in morning as usual. I did the shopping in morning including buying the week-end piece of beef. Also along line to Wimbledon to buy flex wire at Woolworth's. In afternoon I fitted up the electric light in Ciss' bedroom running it off an accumulator. A switch over the bed controls the light - a great convenience.
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23 October 2011

Thur 9th Oct 1941: friend to cats

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Very, very mild almost warm; calm, dull and some light rain. Did shopping locally. Posted letters and a parcel containing Pts. Griefs pencil and a postal order for him. Am still feeding Fluffy night and morning.
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Wed 8th Oct 1941: soldier climbs oak to Fred's model

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Very mild after chilly, misty morning. Fine afternoon with some nice sunshine for time of year. Flew 37 ins aero on Common in afternoon. One extra good flight right across the Common ended by the model landing on top of an oak tree opposite Calonne Road*. Gave it up as lost but while watching a man and a boy with a model saw a soldier with my machine in his hand. I noticed a number of soldiers up there and had previously spoken to a subaltern who was in charge of them. They were on duty but one Pte Grief climbed the tree and got my model down unharmed except for a few tears in the tissue. I flew it again immediately. I took the man's name and address and promised to send him a slight reward. Walking home I found his silver pencil in my pocket to my great surprise. I started to take his name and address with his pencil which I put absentmindedly into my own pocket. Wrote a letter of thanks to post him tomorrow which  will accompany a postal order for 2/6 also his pencil. Alf called in evening; gave him a cabinet loudspeaker also a Blue-Spot(?) cone assembly.

Note: not until 35 years later did Calonne Road, Wimbledon Parkside, acquire Wat Buddhapadipa, the UK's first Buddhist Temple. See www.buddhapadipa.org/temple
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Tue 7th Oct 1941: Ciss may get electric light

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Mild, dull morning but brighter in afternoon. To Wimbledon along railway path to do shopping in afternoon. Bought a switch at Woolworth's also some flex wire. I intend to put up an electric light in Ciss' room when I have got all the material together.
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Mon 6th Oct 1941: painted blackout blind

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Very mild, lovely warm sunny afternoon; perfect moonlight night. To do shopping in the morning including going to Wimbledon on cycle to get cats' meat. Flew 37 ins aero on Wimbledon Common in afternoon with good results including a flight of 105 seconds. Used the cane undercarriage but this is heavier than the normal one so shall discontinue it. Painted Ciss bedroom blind black to make it light-proof. Saw on the Common what appeared to be several smallish dragon-flies with slender black bodies and two pairs of perfectly clear wings. (Note: not quite as shown, but it's nice to have a photo here!)
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Sun 5th Oct 1941: Holland Gardens

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Mild, very dull. Walk through Holland Gardens; the dahlias are lovely as they are the bedding plants; the gardens are a delights with a riot of colour. I Watched a tennis doubles match there which was easily the best tennis I have ever seen - really marvellous play, Mrs.Akroyd came to tea.
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19 October 2011

Sat 4 Oct 1941: no fish in shops for cats

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Mild. Dull, misty. Hunted about all afternoon trying to find something for the cats and after going to every cats' meat shop I know and also every fish shop was either closed having nothing to sell or not having cheap fish such as herrings was almost despairing but ultimately bought a jar of Kit-E.Cat in Raynes Park. Fluffy will not eat this food and Dinky is very half-hearted about it but today was most difficult and the week-end outlook for the pussies is not a bright one. Lightened and shortened the cane undercarriage for the 37 ins. model; I don't much like it however and am undecided about the design of landing gear - very difficult as I prefer a chassis that is strong but easily detachable.
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Fri 3 Oct 1941: 30lb tomato crop

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Mild, some autumn sunshine in afternoon, chilly wind. Cold morning and night; thick white morning mist. Did all my shopping in morning including going to Wimbledon along rail path. Gathered the tomato crop that remained on the plants as there may be a night frost now. Seventeen pounds of fruit were weighed. We must have had about 30 lbs of four plants. One tomato weighed 9 ozs and many other almost as large.
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15 October 2011

Thur 2 Oct 1941: more modelling

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Very mild after cold, damp morning. The day improved and the sunshine during afternoon was very bright and warm for the time of year. Flattened dihedral of 37 ins. wing and re-covered and doped: should be steadier in a wind. To Wimbledon to buy cats' meat also dope at Colins. Also shopping locally.
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Wed 1 Oct 1941: wonderful vegetables

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Mild, dull, and that is all that can be said for it. Cycled to do shopping in morning.To Wimbledon Common in afternoon to fly the 37 ins. model with the new fuselage. Results ere the best so far this year and I had to put the wing back a bit to spoil the glide or it would have flown off the Common which it nearly did one when it made a duration of 100 seconds. Picked about 3 lbs of home grown tomatoes of splendid quality; they are a great success as are the beans. On tomato plant in particular has dome marvellously as the fruits are very large indeed. I am surprised that such results are possible. I only put the plants in the ground without preparation.
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5 October 2011

Tues 30 Sept 1941: rubber lubricant & soup

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Mild, dull, but brilliant moonlight night. Did shopping journey by cycle. Bought rubber lubricant and a book on aerofoil sections at Colins, South Wimbledon. Also cats meat. Took Aunt Liza some soup which she enjoyed.
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Monday 29 Sept 1941: romantic sunset

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Very mild, dull after rain, but the most lovely sunset I have seen for years. A deep slaty mauve band of cloud just above the horizon had above it layer upon layer of scarlet cloud interspersed with bands of pure deep bottle green. These bands gradually became blue at higher levels and the clouds became a deeper crimson. A beautiful spectacle which lit the commonplace scene and endowed it with enchantment and romance. Took Taffy to Wimbledon in a basket but found the P.D.S.A. animals hospital closed. He has a nasty place on his neck and he makes it worse by scratching. Met Edie Bennett.
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Sun 28 Sept 1941: dahlias very fine

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Between very mild and rather warm, lovely sunny morning but deteriorating until heavy rain at night. Walk in Holland Gardens* in evening; the dahlias are very fine; the variety of form and colouring is superb.
*Note: Holland Garden was a gift to the people of Merton from Lady Holland in 1928. Sir Arthur and Dame Mary Catherine Barbara Holland were well-known and highly respected residents in Wimbledon, well known for the tireless service to the local community. (From Merton Council website.)
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4 October 2011

Sat 27 Sept 1941: lovely September day

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Rather warm: max. shade temperature 72 degs. max sun 105 degrees. A lovely day for September. The days are short and mornings and evenings are chilly. Covered new fuselage with dark blue tissue and doped. Looks beautiful; the lines are so pleasing and sweeping. Did shopping locally and got some nice cooked cats' meat at the little animal and poultry shop in Kingston Road. Little Ann Conly came across the road to me to show me her new shoes: sweet little mite. To Wimbledon Common to try 37 ins model with new fuselage: promises great things. Two Kings College boys came up, I showed them the aero. and they appreciated a technical talk on such matters: their names were John and Tony.
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Fri 26 Sept 1941

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Very mild, only a little sun but quite pleasant. Did all the shopping in the morning including walking to Wimbledon along the rail path. More work on new fuselage; nearly ready for covering, then I shall be glad.
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Thur 25 Sept 1941: ...she signed herself Kathie

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Very Mild. Dismal, unpromising morning but improving surprisingly in afternoon when the sun appeared and shone brightly and with some warmth. Finished the woodwork of new 23 ins fuselage; its lines are really beautiful and it is lighter than the one it will replace. Did all the shopping without going to Wimbledon.The nice girl in the Amity Grove cats' meat shop had just finished writing a letter which was lying on the counter; it seemed as if she signed herself Kathie. Gave little Ann Conly three lovely roses.
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