London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
19 August 2013
18th Aug 1943: Epsom Common ploughed & on fire
Epsom. John Constable, circa 1808.
In Tate Britain.
18 Wed. Warm, fine day, the sun was not very powerful and a wind made it a little fresher than it would have been otherwise. Very enjoyable however. Did shopping in morning including going to Morden. Cycled to Epsom Common in afternoon. Would have enjoyed it very much if I had had the time but had to come back to cook the dinner. Part of Epsom Common is being turned into ploughland and other parts were on fire. Warning from 12.5 to 1.40 a.m.: no incident locally. Notes: '144 acres of Epsom Common were ploughed during World War II, but the results were very poor.' - see Epsom Common Association