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23 June 2015

23rd June 1945: Veggies cost one shilling and sixpence

23 Sat. Warm, fine sunny day after heavy rain in the night. Made a mistake and got up an hour too soon. Started out for the Cheam meat shop at 8.30 a.m. but it was shut – no meat. Bought some asters at Cheam Woolworths’, rode straight back and planted them on dear Mother’s grave**. Bought vegetable locally – 2 lbs potatoes, 1 lb greens, 1 lb carrots, price 1/6d. In afternoon bought fish in Wimbledon & Vim scouring powder. Came back along rail-path; saw many good locos including an old Drummond tank No. 132. with its smoke-box wings removed – much smarter. Cricket. Saw Merton score 216 for 6. Took cuckoo clock back to Mrs. Child.

"Dear Mother's grave" with fallen cross,
neglected, seventy years later 

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