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23 December 2012

21st to 24th Dec 1942: Christmas shopping

21 Mon. ...dull, drizzle all day. Cycled to Morden to buy fish. Also to post office to buy postal orders and stamps. Then to Ethel's in Amity Grove to fit new H.T. battery but could not get it going; shall have to try again. Only need to cycle another 8 miles to complete 500 miles this year.

22 Tues. Mild, 55 degrees, calm, sunny afternoon: remarkable. To the grocers to take order, also other shopping locally. Then to Wimbledon along rail-path; bought a few things at Woolworth's. Saw a large new-type goods engine - a weird looking thing.

"blue sky all day...70 degrees...bought holly wreath & cats meat."

23 Wed. Sharp white morning frost then fog, which was quickly dispelled by the sun which shone from a blue sky all day with such power that I put out the thermometer in early afternoon and was surprised to see it reading 70 degrees - amazing.Cycled to Morden in morning, bought holly wreath & cats meat. To Wimbledon in afternoon along rail-path, bought violin strings, socks for myself, sweets and a large size torch for a present for Ciss. A few purchases locally as well. A busy day finished off by going to Ethel's in Amity Grove and got her wireless going first rate. Also fitted a large condenser lens in place of the frosted glass disc in Ciss's new torch - a great improvement.

"bought violin strings, socks for myself, sweets and a large size torch for a present for Ciss."


24 Thurs. Christmas Eve. Lovely calm day; 48 in the shade, 78 in the sun, almost unbelievable but true; blue sky all day. Cycled to Morden Churchyard to put wreath on dear Mother's grave. Met Alan Sopooner & Mr. Waldon; with dog. Bought Dad a jig saw puzzle.

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