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23 April 2015

23rd April: Berlin surrounded....blackout ends

23 Mon. Slight ground frost, rather chilly day: N wind, some sunny periods however. Took two coats belonging to Ciss to Eastmans the dyers and cleaners. Bought helichrysum seeds. Made wooden box, filled it with earth and sowed cress seed. Erected double row of bean rods. To Slate Club to pay subscriptions. Berlin is three parts surrounded and Hitler has decided to stay there. The blackout ends officially tonight, so for a short while we did not pull the blind down after lighting the gas at night.

Later note: a comment on this entry comes from this blogger... you might like to look:  http://waynes-journal.com

2 comments:

  1. "... we did not pull the blind down after lighting the gas at night." Was Frederick French's home illuminated by gas rather than electricity?

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  2. Yes, I think it was. For his beloved wireless (not 'radio') he was relying on batteries. I have no direct memory, but everything I have read indicates gas only for lighting - and I do have a vague memory of gas mantles... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_mantle

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