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31 January 2014

30th January 1944: blackbirds singing and buds on the trees

30 Sun. Rather mild, cloudy; calm therefore quite pleasant. The children called as usual. Walked up the Downs and across this end of Wimbledon Common; first glimpse I have had of it this year. Heard blackbirds singing and buds on the trees are swelling. An early pink prunus was already showing colour at the tips of the flower buds. Doris and Len called; showed them the tumbler and disappearing sixpence trick; Dorris was puzzled; she will stay the night. A solitary red polyanthus bloom is in the garden. Arthur Child called to bring a wooden collection box he had made in the form of a book for the Sunday School.

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