30 November 2015

14-15 Feb 1946: chocolate brown

14 Thur. Rather mild, dismal, calm, misty. To Morden to buy fish, also to find Grasmere Avenue as Ciss wants to visit someone there. Gwennie and Donald called; she tells me they may be going to Scotland to live. Only a small amount of painting as I have run out of paint and shall need some more.

Chestnut Road to Grasmere Avenue (Google Maps)
15 Fri. Rather mild, dismal, calm. Got all the usual Fri. morning shopping locally. Thence to Morden to buy another tin of chocolate brown paint, returning along Epsom Rd. and Grand Drive. Did some more painting which is nearly finished and looks fine.

29 November 2015

13th Feb 1946: childhood memories

13 Wed. Rather mild, dismal, calm, drizzle. Got all the Wed. groceries locally. Met Mrs. Emery who was most cordial. Did a lot more painting in living room and only a small amount remains to be done. The room looks very well indeed! The colour scheme being particularly attractive. Heard with regret that Uncle Joe, Dad’s brother died on Sunday last: he was 77. He was a good man – a Salvationist, and used to play in the brass band. I shall always remember him with pleasure and his interest in me when I was a boy showed him to be a most kind man. He made model boats in his younger days also was an enthusiastic angler: I once went with him and Uncle Ben to fish in the Thames at Canbury Gardens. I have never know him in other than a good and kindly humour.

From YouTube: Canbury Gardens is situated between the River Thames and Lower Ham Road and is within easy walking distance from Kingston town centre. Canbury Gardens covers an area of 14.5 acres and contains the Boaters Inn public house plus the Kingston Rowing Club and the Sigi Cornish Tennis Club, both of which are privately run. There are also some hard surface tennis courts which are privately leased but open to the public. A qualified LTA coach runs the courts and lessons are available. YouTube video:

28 November 2015

10-12th Feb 1946: errands and painting

10 Sun. Rather cold, becoming rather mild; clear, sunny day: calm. Mr Norris cut back the ash tree at the bottom of the garden.

11 Mon. Rather cold, rather windy: in places sheltered from the wind the sun had some warmth in it. Bought fish and saccharin at Morden. Bought a paint brush locally. Got Ciss’ shoes from Essam’s. Took Alan McAinsh’s watch back after it had been repaired at Tolworth: saw Jeanette’s large dolls house her father made. Started painting in living room: did panels of door and cupboard and the wall beneath the chain rail a nice shade of golden brown.

12 Tues. Very cool, very dull, humid, calm. To Merton to buy fish pieces for cats. Posted letter to Betty Shepherd who is ill. Gwennie and Donald brought some meat for Dinky. Finished all the light brown paintwork and started doing outer panels of cupboard door and surround in a chocolate colour.

27 November 2015

9th Feb 1946: the cat came back

9 Sat. Very cold, bitter NW wind; clear, much bright sunshine. Finished putting lining paper on walls of living room. Cycled to Wimbledon in the bitter wind to buy sprats; also did some shopping locally. The Calvers who lived at No. 70 at the time the flying bomb fell and almost destroyed their house have recently returned, their house being completely rebuilt. I had the great pleasure of seeing ‘Tin-tin’, their large black cat who came back with them and came to me when I called him and showed unmistakeable signs of pleasure: he seemed to remember me and was not at all afraid. Cats are wonderful: I hope to enjoy his company and to improve his acquaintance.

26 November 2015

7-8th Feb 1946: 'a cheerful Christian'

7 Thur. Mild, 54 degrees, dull, stiff SW breeze. More work preparing painted surfaces in living room. Bought cats meat at Merton.

8 Fri. Mild, very dull, rain, wind still raging. Did all the usual Fri. morning shopping without going out of the district. Met Arthur Swift; he had just been to the funeral service for the late Mr Holland who will be missed: he was a cheerful Christian. Started to paste lining paper on living room walls below the chain-rail: it will subsequently be painted.

25 November 2015

6th Feb 1946: Amen

6 Wed. Rather mild, dull, less wind. Got the groceries as usual, also hunted the district and finally bought fish at Merton. Met Miss Wilson (Wiseman?) who told me Mr Holland was dead: aged 87 he was a grand old man and a cheerful Christian whose Amen and Praise the Lord will be missed from the congregation of the Church. He came to tea here when Dad came for a short stay last summer. Dear Gwennie called after her illness which has been quite serious. However, she was in brilliant spirits and seemed glad to get out again for a short while: I do love her.

24 November 2015

4-5th Feb 1946: windy

4 Mon. Rather cold, fitful weather with rain squalls of violence with a few short periods of bright sunshine. Cycled to Morden, Merton, Haydons Rd Wimbledon and came back empty-handed but bought some fish cuttings at a shop just round the corner. Paid the club in evening.

5 Tues. Rather cold; wind of great violence, dull. To Wimbledon to buy cats meat. To Morden to buy gloss paint in two shades of brown to do the paint-work in the living room. Repaired the cupboard door in the living room it was broken in the bombing and never repaired.

23 November 2015

1st-3rd Feb 1946: brolley repaired... cycle puncture... Gwennie ill

1 Feb. Fri. Rather cold becoming less so: dull, very rough. Did some more house-cleaning, washed the living-room floor. Got the usual Fri. morning provisions, also to Morden to buy a few things. To Wimbledon in afternoon to get Ciss’ umbrella from Trotts who have repaired it. Punctured back tyre on my way there and had to walk cycle back; did so along rail path. Put up the remainder of the pictures in living room.

2 Sat. Rather mild for season but the strong wind made it feel cold. Fitful clouds and heavy showers & a little intermittent sunshine. To Wimbledon along rail path: bought sprats also ammonia liquid. Dorothy Longhurst came to tea and stayed to supper. She is just demobilised from the ATS. She has not been here for some time and she seemed to enjoy herself.

3 Sun. 54 degrees but the gales made it feel cold; dull, rain all day. Quite a crowd of children called to-day. Little Gwennie has been very ill and although she is better to-day will have to go into hospital.

22 November 2015

30th-31st Jan 1946: first liver for months

30 Wed. rather cold day after a wild night; very dull, rain. Got the groceries locally, also more ceiling-white. Finished whitewashing the living room ceiling and distempered the walls sunshine yellow. It looks very well indeed. Spent the evening clearing up and putting the furniture back.

31 Thur. rather cold becoming milder at night: very dull, rain most of day. To Wimbledon in morning bought a wall border for the living room and some lining paper. To butchers and bought some liver – first time they have had any for months; very nice too. To Morden to buy sprats. Put up the border in living room which looks very nice now: the paintwork still requires to be done.

21 November 2015

28th-29th Jan 1946: getting plastered

28 Mon. Rather cold. Fine sunny day but chilly wind. To Morden cats meat shop in morning. Post letter to Capt Marshall who is in Germany. Got accumulators. More work plastering holes and cracks in living room walls. There are so many it is taking a long while to prepare the walls for the distemper but it is nearly done now.

29 Tues. rather cold, dull, very windy, rain. To Merton to buy fish pieces for Dinky. Bought a jar of delicious smoked roe fish paste and a few other things at the grocers. White-washed the living room ceiling in afternoon: it looks really splendid and far better than the ceiling of the sitting room, the new plaster being of far better quality.

20 November 2015

25th-27th Jan 1946: recycling for refugees

25 Fri. Cold, becoming less cold, dull, calm, drizzle. To the butchers, bakers and other shops locally also bought fish at Merton. Took a parcel of left off clothing to the Church where a collection is being made for the United Nations Relief of Refugees in Europe. Met Arthur Swift in Coombe Lane; he had been on a fruitless pilgrimage of all the fish shops for miles around to get some cod.

26 Sat. Rather cold, dull, rain later. To Merton to buy cat’s meat. Spoke to Mr. Wheeler the greengrocer whose wife has just died. She used to call here to deliver vegetables before he did the round. Chas brought the distemper brush so now I can decorate the living room.

27 Sun. Frost morning and night, foggy except for some hazy sunshine in afternoon. Gave a chocolate each to Laurie, Anne & Victor. Wrote letter to Capt. Marshall who is now in Germany.

19 November 2015

24th Jan 1946: queues... chocolate... earache

24 Thur. Morning frost, cold, dull day. To local butchers also to Merton & Morden but got nothing. In afternoon to Merton again but no good, but got some sprats in Wimbledon after waiting in a long queue in the cold. Had a letter from Capt. Harold Marshall who is now in Germany. Bought chocolate cake locally. Gwennie & Donald called. Gwennie has the earache so did not go to school, so she came here and had a lark instead.

18 November 2015

21st-23rd Jan 1946: sprats

21 Mon. Six degrees of frost, very dismal, misty, yellow light. Cycled to buy cats meat at Morden, also to get accumulator.

22 Tues. Frost less severe but thick fog till midday when there was a slight thaw and most of the snow and ice have gone. Cycled to Wimbledon to buy sprats, also got paraffin at local garage, among other local purchases.

23 Wed. Very cold, very dull but little wind. Got the Wed. groceries also bought glass paper. Two cwts of coal cost us 8/-. Received a belated Xmas parcel – delayed in the post, from dear Cousin Elsie in Canada. It contained rich cake, biscuits, sweets and two sorts of nuts. Most people in her position would have forgotten by now her old relatives in England, but she is most loyal and still interested in us. God Bless Her.

17 November 2015

18-20th Jan 1946: snow... plastering is an art

18 Fri. Severe frost all day. 6 degs below freezing. Some bright sunshine but no thaw; half inch of snow at night. Did all the shopping locally including buying some more plaster. Put some more plaster on living room wall but it is slow work without proper tools, beside, plastering is an art in itself, but I shall manage it eventually. All three children called.

19 Sat. Frost continues as severe as ever, fog at night: calm. Cycled to Merton & Morden bought fish at the latter. Finished plastering of living room and filling up nail holes and minor cracks.

20 Sun. 9 degrees of frost just outside where the thermometer is kept, 13 degs below in the open: dismal, misty, calm. Walked along rail-path as far as Elm Rd bridge – best indoors. Ciss went to Tolworth by bus; I don’t know how she can do it. A baby boy was born to Cousin Len and his wife yesterday – Joseph John.

16 November 2015

17th Jan 1946: love Addie's touch

17 Thur. Severe frost all day, fairly clear, driving E wind. Did some shopping locally including buying a coconut cake mixture and a 7lb bag of plaster, oh, and some buns. Replaced a broken-off piece of the organ and made a good glued joint. Cut away some plaster above where the dresser used to be and started re-plastering so as to level the surface down to that of the plaster-board put up by the workmen. Mrs. Calver called with the key of the rebuilt No. 70 she is moving in again as soon as electric light is installed. Addie Veale has papered and painted her dining room admirably and I admired her work when I went in this evening.

15 November 2015

15-16th Jan 1946: singing children, Fred on piano

15 Tues. Black frost, remaining all day, less clear, SE wind. More stripping of paper in living room. Walk along little rail path in afternoon to station to buy a paper. Gwennie, Donald (2 Thompson) and Anne Conley called with meat for Dinky. Gwennie and Ann sang “Once in royal David’s city” while I played the piano.

16 Wed. Severe white frost, very cold, dull day, fierce N wind. Got the groceries locally. Thence to Morden to buy cats meat. Took away the dresser shelves from the living room; it makes the room much more open and seem longer: removed the remainder of the paper from the walls.

14 November 2015

14th Jan 1946: naughtie Donald (Thompson?)

14 Monday. Hard black frost; giving only slightly in the afternoon sun: clear: E wind. To Morden in morning to buy cats meat and something from Boots. Got accumulators locally. Stripped more paper from living room wall. Had to carry Donald home screaming as Gwennie could not get him to go home. He defied her, knocked here as bold as brass while Gwennie followed crying. They had been playing in the road, as Donald refused to take orders but I got him home struggling: you have to laugh.

12 November 2015

Apologies to readers - missing entries!

Hullo Readers from your 2015 blogger-editor. I managed to miss Fred's entries for 17-23 Dec 1945. My apologies. I have just added them to this earlier entry (the addresss is a clickable link), so they appear in sequence:

11-13 Jan 1946: more kids

11 Fri. Very mild 57 degrees, but the wind was very rough which made it seem cold: dismal, rain all day. Did the usual shopping locally in morning. Connie Freeman says she has a new baby sister named Rosemary. To Merton in afternoon to buy cats meat.

12 Sat. Cold, very clear, bright sunshine most of the day, bitter N wind. To Wimbledon in afternoon, bought fish etc. My cycle brakes hold splendidly now. Gwennie called in afternoon.

13 Sun. Very cold, some sun midday, N wind. The usual children called with one new-comer from next door – Terry Norris who is nearly 5 and goes to school now. Walk along Warple Rd in afternoon.

9-10 Jan '46: took brolley for repair

9 Wed. Very mild for season 52 degs, very dull, heavy rain from midday on; very rough indeed. Got the usual groceries but there is no margarine in the shop. To Morden to buy cats meat. Arthur Swift called in afternoon. Gave Gwennie and Laurie some picture books from Anthony*.

10 Thur. Again 52 degs, but the raging wind made it seem cold: dull, rain most of the day. To Wimbledon along rail path, saw a newly painted Pacific loco. Took umbrella of Ciss’ to Trott’s for repair. Bought maplemeat. Also shopping locally in afternoon; met Dear Gladys in afternoon who said that Joan recently back from a record hot summer in Australia is finding our climate hard to endure and has had gastric flu twice. Did more towards stripping wall paper from living room.

*I did? Well, someone on my behalf, given my infant age! - Tony.

11 November 2015

6-8 Jan '46: music, cycling, aircraft and girls

6 Sun. Mild for Jan, 50 degs, dull. A crowd of children called to-day. Ciss went to Tolworth. Played Beethoven Sonatas. Did not go out.

7 Mon. Rather cold, becoming milder, fine sunny afternoon; calm, pleasant. Fitted new brake cable in handle bar of cycle; it will need the slack taken up after a little use. To Wimbledon in afternoon to buy fish also bought solder at Woolworths. Paid the Slate Club.

8 Tues. Rather cold, becoming milder, dull, rain most of the day. To Smith’s Merton to buy more cycle brake cable. Listened to a gramophone record in the shop, it was a musical switch, one having to guess the pieces which I did accurately, the answers being given on the reverse of the record. A lovely auburn-haired girl served me and she pleased me very much. Fitted the remaining piece of cable to operate the back brake so that all the wires are now new and I feel safe. To Morden to buy fish. Saw a Junkers transport fly over; a captured German plane seemingly.

10 November 2015

11-13 Jan '46: life goes on

11 Fri. Very mild 57 degrees, but the wind was very rough which made it seem cold: dismal, rain all day. Did the usual shopping locally in morning. Connie Freeman says she has a new baby sister named Rosemary. To Merton in afternoon to buy cats meat.

12 Sat. Cold, very clear, bright sunshine most of the day, bitter N wind. To Wimbledon in afternoon, bought fish etc. My cycle brakes hold splendidly now. Gwennie called in afternoon.

13 Sun. Very cold, some sun midday, N wind. The usual children called with one new-comer from next door – Terry Norris who is nearly 5 and goes to school now. Walk along Warple Rd in afternoon.

3-5 Jan '46: freezing

3 Thur. Very severe frost, eight degrees below: clear bright day but less wind. Did shopping locally also got two accumulators. To Merton, Morden and Wimbledon by cycle in the bitter weather but all the cats meat shops were shut: bought fish in Wimbledon.

4 Fri. Six degrees below freezing but a thaw occurred in afternoon and temperature rose six degrees above. Fairly bright day; not much wind. Got a nice piece of beef this week. Also to bakers and other shops locally. Bought butter beans at Merton and cats meat at Morden. Gwennie & Laurie called in morning: had a happy time with them.

5 Sat. The cold spell ends; up to 48 degrees: dull; light SW wind. Alf called in morning to enquire the date of the first bombing as he had his greenhouse damaged then and is making a claim.

To Merton in afternoon to buys cats meat and a paper. Started repairs to cycle brakes but made little headway, must try again. Gwennie & Laurie called. A letter from Cousin Elsie in Canada.

7 November 2015

1st-2nd Jan 1946: wheat flakes are back! But no pepper.

1 Jan. Tues. Very severe white frost which never really thawed all day; fairly bright and clean; bitter E wind. The three children called and saw me scraping more paper from the living room wall. To Merton in afternoon to buy fish. Letter from Rev. Chas. Staden who has now a Church at Barrow-in-Furness.

2 Wed. Severe black frost, the hoar frost seems to have evaporated. Clear, fairly bright; cruel E wind. To Eyle’s the local grocers: wheat flakes are back on the market after a long absence. Pepper is still non-obtainable. Then to R’Imand’s in Martin Way to buy fish pieces for cats. Mended a puncture in cycle tyre. Stripped more paper from the living room wall.

6 November 2015

31st Dec 1945: look back in wonder

We here at home during these war years
have had to endure  many privations and dangers
 as my wartime diaries will tell...

31 Mon. White frost, thick fog which lessened a little at night: dismal. Small amount of shopping locally in morning. Started stripping the paper from the walls of living room with a view to re-decoration.

And so ends 1945. A year which started ominously with the onslaught of the V2 rockets. Then came a return of the flying-bombs launched from aircraft. The invasion of France by Allied troops and their victorious march across France. Then the crossing of the Rhine and the ultimate defeat of Germany. The Allies advancing on Berlin from East and West. And the year that started with Germany in almost entire possession of Europe in a comparatively few months we were commemorating Victory, for which God be praised. The surrender of Japan came in August and we were at peace with the whole world. We here at home during these war years have had to endure many privations and dangers as my wartime diaries will tell, but now we are secure and this Christmas we enjoyed with none to make us afraid. Our house is yet a long way from what it was when the war began having been bombed twice but we have a roof over our heads and all the windows and walls repaired. It needs decorating badly but here we are safely at the beginning of 1946 and we look forward to happier times with brighter prospects of enduring peace. Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow!

5 November 2015

27th-30th Dec 1945: those days after Christmas

27 Thur. Mild for season 52 degs: some gentle sunshine, calm: like spring. Got the groceries. To Wimbledon along rail path: bought cats meat – very high and woofly. The three children called but did not stop long as they have a lot of presents at home and the novelty has not worn off yet. Alan Spooner bought some fine records in the evening for me to play on the radio-gram: grand.

28 Fri. Cold, half dark till midday, rain till afternoon when it cleared up somewhat: cold wind. Did all the usual Fri. morning shopping locally also to Wimbledon to buy fish. The three children called with two chicken carcases for the cats to pick.

29 Sat. Cold dismal, damp. To Wimbledon along rail path to buy fish: met Alf and Mrs. Child. Am playing the radio-gram again after a long silence. It is repaired after being bombed but it is not yet first rate.

30 Sun. Severe white frost, very cold day; thick fog at night. Played the gramophone to the children. Mrs. Akroyd came to tea.

4 November 2015

Boxing Day 1945: Fred the organ player

26 Wed. Boxing Day. Mild for Christmas; fine bright spring-like day with some warmth in the sun, rain commencing in the evening. Dad, Alb, Lily and Anthony had breakfast here then returned to Tolworth. Dad wanted me to play the organ which he seemed to enjoy. Cousin Maud called: I played two carols on the organ for her. Alan Spooner is on leave and called. He asked me to play the setting known as Iris to the hymn ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’. He enjoyed it immensely and said “it was terrific”. I played many more carols for him. Ciss went to Tolworth and brought back some of Lily’s Xmas cake, and a leg of chicken with stuffing: it was splendid. All the foodstuffs this Xmas were splendid and most enjoyable. Finished repairing the output transformer and tested it in the radio-gram with good results so far.

3 November 2015

Christmas Day: first peacetime Xmas for 6 years

25 Tues. Christmas Day. Rather cold, clear but showers. Dad, Alb, Lily & Anthony came to dinner and stayed the night. The dinner was a great success, roast pork and onion sauce and three vegetables. The Christmas pudding was excellent; mince pie and custard. The cake was also very good considering the difficulty of getting ingredients. Anthony brought a lot of his presents but he could not bring his tricycle which is a real one this time. Dorothy Smith came with Jeanette and baby Margaret. The first peacetime Christmas for 6 years and my feeling was one of thankfulness.

2 November 2015

17-24th December 1945: Japanese flag war trophy

24 Mon. Christmas Eve. Rather cold, dull, windy; rain on and off all day. To the butchers to get a piece of pork & some sausage meat. Also to get two loaves of bread. To Whitbourn’s to get two accumulators and to buy a torch for a present for Dad. In afternoon to Morden but meat shop and fish shops shut. Thence to Merton but no luck. Then to Wimbledon but cats meat shop shut and every fish shop shut but one where I bought some whiting. Mrs Akroyd brought some presents for Ciss. Margaret brought a present for Ciss. Jean Child brought some presents for Ciss and a shaving stick for me. I took Dennis’ chaco in to his mother; he was in bed. Chas. Hockney, his wife and younger son were there. His elder son is a paratrooper in Java and Mr. Hockney showed me a silk Japanese flag which his son took down from the top of a skyscraper cinema in Singapore.

Note: I managed to miss the 17th-23rd Dec - so I am adding Fred's entries here. - Tony.

17 Mon. 51 degs: dismal, rain. Repaired our enamelled pudding basin. Re-covered the table top of mangle with floor-cloth; it looks well. To Merton in a deluge to buy fish. To Slate Club to get the annual share-out: 18/-. To Len Garrod to enquire about Emily who has been unwell. Posted an Xmas parcel to Uncle Tom and Aunt Nellie.

18 Tues. Rather mild, dull, showers, boisterous. To Merton in wind & rain to buy cats meat and had to hang about for ¾ hour for the meat to come in. Gwennie, Laurie & Donald called. Then Lily & Anthony came to swell the number. Cleaned some of the windows.

19 Wed. Mild, some bright sun with some warmth in it in morning; dismal, rain later. Got the groceries including extra rations of sugar, butter and margarine. Also bought sundry other things locally. Cleaned some more windows. Wrote letter to Rev. Chas. Staden.

20 Thur. Severe white morning frost which gave to a burst of sunshine midday: the fences steamed: dull later. Did a lot of Xmas shipping locally in morning. To Wimbledon later to buy fish. Cooked a large Xmas pudding. Started decorating the parlour with brilliant silver and silver and green paper – very showy.

21 Fri. Cold, dull, fairly calm. Did a lot more Xmas shopping locally in the morning including getting the additional sweet ration 1½ lbs. which cost us 3/4d. To Wimbledon along rail path in afternoon to buy fish for dinner. The three children called and were delighted at the Xmas decorations. Started to make a toy chaco for Anthony to wear. It will please Dad as he wore one in the old volunteers.

22 Sat. Rather mild, becoming cold; dull rain later. Only a small amount of local shopping. Put a holly wreath on dear Mother’s grave. To Merton & Wimbledon in afternoon; bought fish and corned beef. Cousin Maud called in evening. Started to make a chaco* for little Dennis next door; went in to measure his head.

*Note: Fred should have spelled this shako - a conical military hat with a plume or pom-pom.

23 Sun. Rather cold morning, white mist: bright, sunny and milder later. Gwennie, Laurie, Clifford and Connie called before going to Sunday School. Covered the cardboard shape of Dennis Veale’s Chaco with brilliant green and silver foil and put a large red and yellow star on the front to make it look gorgeous! 

1 November 2015

15th-16th Dec 1945: saw Victorian locomotive

15 Sat. Rather mild for season; dismal, rain most of day. Gwennie, Laurie & Donald called. To Wimbledon along rail path in afternoon: saw Adams 0.4.2. Jubilee engine No. 630 built at time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee – 1897: there are not many of them left now. Met Alf & Lily.

16 Sun. Mild for season 54 degs: very dull and damp. Laurie called so did Anne who was very sweet and sat on my lap. Mrs Akroyd came to tea. Wrote letter to Uncle Tom.