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
5 February 2014
5th February 1944: our 1907 bicycles
Coventry Transport Museum via Wikpedia
5 Sat. Very cold, clear, bright; cold wind less severe. Did all shopping by cycle. Got Dinky's meat at Morden also many things locally. Got Ciss's shoes from Essam's. Noticed he had got a 1907 Rudge-Whitworth* cycle in his shop, same year as mine.; he said it was his father's; showed him mine. Met Uncle Dick. To Mrs Child's. Fitted new aerial lead-in wire, also new battery leads and loud-speaker leads and left it going splendidly; had tea with her and little Jenefer. On fire duty; no incident. Doris stayed the night.
*Note: their motto was, 'Rudge it, do not trudge it.'