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30 April 2012

27 April 1942: wind shakes house

27 Mon. Just the same wild, bright weather, the wind sometimes makes the house shudder. The ground is parched and plants not established are drying up. Fitted alternative grid-rectification to radiogram, should be better on the short waves. To Merton in afternoon to do shopping. Met Alan Spooner also Mrs.Child and her brother. Relaid other side path in garden.

On this day: Gandhi's non-violence proposal rejected by All-India Congress.  In USA, Roosevelt put country's economy on full war mode. 

Photo: Gandhi and Nehru in 1942 (via Wikipedia)

26 April 1942: heard Hitler's speech

26 Sun. Weather just the same as yesterday. Preferred to stay in. Heard Hitler's speech direct from Germany on the short waves: I think he realises he is fighting a hopeless cause.

On this day: Hitler spoke in the Reichstag predicting victories for Germany in coming months. The 'parliament' approved Hitler's total power. On the same day, Winston Churchill was speaking in  the House of Commons: "What can  we do to help Russia? There is nothing that we would not do. If the sacrifice of thousands of British lives would turn the scale, our fellow countrymen would not flinch."

29 April 2012

25 April 1942: storm flattens plants

25 Sat. Mild, bright sun all day but completely spoilt by the terrific N.E. wind which blew with very great force not abating at night. Struggled to Merton to buy a few things; got the groceries as usual. The hurricane is laying all the newly grown things in the garden down flat.

27 April 2012

24 April 1942: a little liver is luxury!

24 Fri. Very cool; driving cold N wind but bright sun all day having little warmth in it. Did all shopping in Raynes Park. Had the chimney swept. Too bad a day for gardening. Had 2 ozs of liver for dinner - first for a very long time: quite a luxury

24 April 2012

23 April 1942: houseleeks planted

23 Thur. Very mild getting cooler, chilly wind springing up; small amount of sunshine. To Meron to buy cats' meat; also bought test* card in Wimbledon. Alan Spooner called in evening. Cut and edged the lawn and planted row of houseleeks.

*this could be 'text' - what is it? - to do with radio?


Photo: houseleeks, sempervivum tectorum. (Via Wikipedia) See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houseleeks

22 April 2012

22 April 1942: model flies off

22 Wed. Mild, dull, hazy but not unpleasant. Took large lightweight and sdmall spar aero. to Wimbledon (Common), Alan Spooner also flew his. Splendid results the miniature model flying magnificently - too good. It reached great height like a dot in the sky and as the glide was very fine it flew right out of sight and still showed no sign of coming down: it went over Wimbledon Park way and I seem to have seen the last of it as it did not have my address on it. Finished planting long row of crimson campions.

21 April 2012

21 April 1942: flowers from Sussex

21 Tues. Mild, dull calm; a little hazy sunshine late in the day. To Merton to buy fish also bought sausage meat locally. Planted out some crimson companions in the garden. Dear Connie Bennett sent a box of lovely primroses and wood anemones from Sussex; very lovely and just like her. Alan Spooner called in evening returning my records.

20 April 2012

20 April 1942: fish and perennials

20 Mon. Very mild, some gentle sunshine, not unplesant. To Merton to buy fish also bought bread locally. Repaired and re-laid side path in garden also divided up perennials; looks nice.
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19 April 2012

19 April 1942: a cuckoo, praise God!

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19 Sun. Very mild, some genial sunshine but wind freshening - quite a nice day. Flew miniature spar aero on Common with promising results, shall now be able to trim it properly. No visitors. Wrote letter to Uncle Tom and Aunt Nellie. Heard the first cuckoo on the Common: praise God!
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On this day:  USS Wasp, accompanied by HMS Renown, plus two cruisers and six destroyers, ferries 47 Spitfire fighters for Malta. 46 get there - but 36 of these are immediately destroyed.
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18 April 1942: daffodils & bombers

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Sat 18. Very mild, hazy, overecast, calm. Did shopping locally including buying some daffodils from man in the strreet. Then to Wimbledon Common to fly the 37 ins model with good results. Came home and put wheels on small spar model which is now ready for trial.

Army Air Forces B-25B bomber awaits the take-off signal on the flight deck of USS Hornet (CV-8), as the raid is launched, 18 April 1942. Flight Deck Officer holds launch flag at right; the white stripes painted on the flight deck guide the pilot's alignment of nose and port-side wheels. Copyright:  U.S. Navy, National Archives collection
On this day: first of the 'Doolittle Raids' - 16 US B-52 Mitchell bombers - very lightly armed in order to give them range - take off from USS Hornet under command of Lieutenant Colonel James 'Jimmy' Doolittle to execute first raids on Tokyo, 600 miles away. Little damage done, but effect on morale and Japanese defensive strategic decisions considerable. In the photo of Doolittle's crew of 18 April 1942, he is second from left. (Copyright: US Air Force photo.)
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18 April 2012

17 April 1942: unabated violent wind

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Fri 17. The same fierce east wind blows with unabated violence but the sky is overcast to-day. All the usual shopping including going to Merton Road for cat food, also bought 1/8th ins rubber and a pair of small landing wheels for small spar model; staring fitting undercarrriage to same.
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16 April 1942: wind too strong

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16 Thur. Same weather as yesterday. Only out to do shopping locally. Small amount of work in the garden but wind is too strong to rremain out of doors. Fitted propeller gear to small spar aero. Alf called at night.
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15 April 2012

15 April 1942: play violin for Alan

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15 Wed. Mild, brilliant sunshine without a break but still the same chill, driving onslaught of the blast - dreadful. Did shopping in morning going as far as Raynes Park Sta(tion). Alan Spooner called in afternoon; played Beethoven's Minuet in G to him on the violin; he is very fond of this; he also asked me to play Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clark. Mrs.Child called, I going there & fitting a new high-tension battery for her.

On this day: Japanese advance continuing through Burma. Allies destroying oil installations to deny them to Japanese forces. And in France, French Resistance attacks German HQ at Arras.
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14 April 1942: wild, windy day

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Mild; the wildest day for a long time; the power of the wind made it difficult to battle against it but the bright sun shone all day. Shopping locally also to Morden along Martin Way; first time  I have bought anything there. Cousin Maud called in evening.
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13 April 1942: Messiah's 200th

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13 Mon. Mild, chilly, strong wind, a little hazy sunshine. Alan Spooner called, lent hime some gram. records. Bought sprats at High Street Merton. Dope wing and tail of small spar aero. Hear first part of Handel's Messiah on wireless - grand. It is 200 years to-day since it was first performed.
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12 April 1942: a lark & a jolly time

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12 Sun. Mild, rather chilly wind but lovely sunny day. Mrs Child with Audrey, John, Peter and little Jenefer came to tea. We all had a lark and a jolly time also shared by Cousin Doris' little Gwen. Short walk in evening.
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11 April 2012

11 April 1942: weak wartime rubber

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11 Sat. Very mild, some pleasant sunshine, less wind; nicest day this year. Got the groceries and then to Merton cats' meat shop. In evening flew the 34 ins. lightweight on Wimbledon Common with good results but the wartime rubber has little power in it and altitude was not very great. Met J.C. Smith & Knight up there; had not seen Smith for years. Covered 22 ins. wing with yellow tissue.
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10 April 1942: garden and modelling

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Mild, high wind, some sunshine with a little warmth in it. Did shopping locally in morning also to Wimbledon to buy a few things. Did afternoon's work in the garden. Covered tail of small spar aero with yellow tissue. Mrs Child called.
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9 April 1942: Alf the singer

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Cool, vicious wind, dull, rain all day. To Merton in the downpour and succeeded in getting some cats' meat without waiting in a queue. Alf called at night on his way home from choir practice; he has started singing again after a great many years absence. Put under-curve on wing of smal spar model.
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8 April 1942: deluge

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Rather mild, fitful weather; wind, heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning, and a little sun and an evening rainbow. To grocers in morning and as far as Raynes Park Sta. to buy a paper. Letter from Fred Fraine. Small amount of work in garden but stopped short by the deluge. More work on tail and wing of miniature spar model.
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10 April 2012

7 April 1942: sausage meat

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7 Tues. Rather mild, wind rougher than ever. Cloudy, slight showers. To Merton; bought fish and scarlet summer seeds also sausage meat for dinner. Met Alan Spooner. Arthur Child brought model of a torpedo boat he had made - very good. Small amount of work on tail of miniature spar aero.
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6 April 1942: Easter Monday, cat caught mouse

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Rather mild, fitful sky, very rough chilly wind, rain setting in later. Feeling rather depressed. Short walk in evening only. No visitors. Dinky caught a mouse in the coal cellar. Good cat.
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5 April 1942: Easter Sunday

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5 Sun. Easter Sunday. Rather mild, strong, chilly wind, some moderarte sun.  Harold Conrade called in afternoon. Rose is out of hospital and is going to Droitwich with him. Short walk in evening. The almond blossom and forsythias are lovely.
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4 April 1942: double summer-time

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4 Sat. Rather mild, chilly wind, fitful sky showers.Shopping in morning also in afternmoon including going to Merton and Wimbledon, returning along rail path; saw an Atlantic loco. Cleaned all the windows inside and out. Made up 23 ins rubber motor for aero. Put the clocks on another hour making it double summer time - two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time.
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3 April 1942: Good Friday not a holiday

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3 Good Friday. Not a holiday. Got the meat and other shopping in morning as usual. To Merton in afternoon but no cats' meat. Bought mustard & cress seed. Alb called for Dad's money. Did small amount of gardening. Rather mild, dull, chilly wind, rain at night.
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2 April 1942: pruned roses

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2 Thur. Rather mild but chilly sou-wester. Sunshine all day but not much power in it; glorious full moon at night. Miss Dickson came today as tomorrow is Good Friday.  Did shopping including going to Merton in morning. Pruned roses in afternoon.
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1 April 1942: planted shallots

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Rather mild but fitful weather. Boisterous S.W. gales of wind, rain and hail; small amount of sunshine. Did shopping in the morning. Planted some shallots. Alan Spooner brought an Amplion moving coil L.S. unit which he has repaired and reassembled.
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6 April 2012

31 March 1942: no cats' meat for modeller

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Mild, cloudy, rain, but full moon at night. Wrote and posted a letter to Fred Fraine. To Merton but no cats meat. Bought fish cuttings in Wimbledon where I met Mrs.Conrade. Also bout 1/4 aero rubber and cement.
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30 March 1942: tissue & dope on model

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Very cool, fairly bright; not unpleasant. Recovered 22 ins fuelage with dark blue tissue and doped it - a good job. Also slight tissue repairs to tail and wing. Uncle Alf called he gave me a rooted carnation cutting. Fred Spooner called; he wanted me to measure a piece of wire he had brought with my micrometer.
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29 March 1942: model aircraft on Common

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29 Sun. Very cool, dull, hazy, calm. Walk on Wimbledon Common, first time this year; many modellists there including Jones & Double. A man with a Thermalider(?) model made it drop an explosive bomb but the grass was too soft to detonate it. Chas called.
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28 March 1942: handy cycle

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28 Sat. Cold, bitter east wind but fairly bright. To Merton, bought fish and a hand brush but had to change it, but made the second journey by cycle. Also to get accumulator and pay Davis the newsagent.
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27 March 1942: sowed seeds

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27 Fri. Rather cold, nasty east wind, dull. Got the week-end meat, cakes, etc. Then to Merton to buy sprats. Sowed seeds of Allwood's Sweet Wivelsfield and Russell Lupin.
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5 April 2012

26 March 1942: boisterous

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Rather cold, very boisterous east wind; some feeble sunshine. Took order to grocers in afternoon then walked along little rail path and Worple Road. Weather too rough to do gardening today.
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25 March 1942: rhubbarb and roses

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25 Wed. Severe, thick white frost giving place to a pleasant, calm, sunny day. Shopping in morning; met Eddie Conrade. Dug over rhubbarb bed and part of a rose bed. Short cycle ride. Alan Spooner gave me a good Mullard power valve.
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24 March 1942: queueing for cats meat

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Cold morning and night but nice sunny afternoon; the warmest sunshine so far this year. Stood for 1 1/4 hours at the Merton cats meat shop but got served eventually. Did more cutting up of the ash branches.
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23 March 1942: fireguard call-up

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23 Mon. Cold, some warmthless sunshine sharp east wind. Received my fire-guard call-up notice. Reported to Merton Council Office but was diverted to Fireguard Headquarters at Dorset Hall and told to await further orders. Met Alf's Lily.
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22 March 1942: radio-gram success

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22 Sun. Cold, very dull; sharp north wind. Not having to go out preferred to stay at home. Alan and Fred Spooner brought back some records I lent them. Little Gwen called for Ciss to take her to Sunday School. Tried the radio-gram on short waves for the first time with good results, WRUL Boston Mass on loud-speaker.
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