17 January 2013

16th & 17th Jan 1943:

16 Sat. Rather cold. Cloudy but not bad for time of year. Got the groceries as usual & thence to Wimbledon along rail path. Bought cereals at Falkner's. Also bought some lights for Dinky at a pet shop in Hartfield Road, first time I have dealt there; have only recently discovered the shop.

17 Sun. Very cool, overhead haze, calm; not unpleasant for time of year. The children called as usual. Walked to Wimbledon Common in afternoon but did not venture very far as the ground is very wet and muddy.  Met Chas & Uncle Joe who told me Aunt Liza is a little better. Warning at 8.15 p.m. the infrequent arrivals of enemy aircraft, but a few more over London, where the barrage was at times very intense; some new shells, probably multiple being used. The local guns fired several rounds, the first since the A.T.S. women have been at the camp. All clear at 9.58 p.m. This raid was apparently a reprisal for our heavy raid on Berlin last night. I heard a dud shell whistle over but did not hear any bombs or see any signs of fires having been started.

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