25 December 2015

28-29th March 1946: churchyard blooms

Photos: Sean Galvin
28 Thur. Mild, fine sunny day: the nicest day this year, so far. Bought a few things locally in morning also to Merton. Saw dear Mother’s grave: the blue scillas are lovely but the daffodils are not out yet. The lesser celandine made a bright show in the churchyard and I picked a few blooms to show Gwennie when she called with Donald in afternoon. Sowed Webbs Wonderful lettuce in garden, also applied naphtha lime and replanted a golden rod.

29 Fri. Very mild, lovely sunny day. Got the usual provisions including a nice piece of veal. To Merton to buy cod cutlets, two pieces for 1/8. Gwennie and Donald called wearing boat race favours Gwennie Cambridge and Donald Oxford. Dug up, divided and replanted an ox-eye daisy and a golden rod root.


  1. Another little gap in my understanding of life at that time is now filled in, thanks to Fred’s diary. It’s no wonder that ‘Boat Race fever’ was so intense in London in the late 1940s; the race had been cancelled for the duration of the war and 1946 saw the resumption – another milestone in the return to normal life. Perhaps this was the year my big sister first took me to see it, standing in a jam-packed crowd on the riverbank near the finish. Without modern communications we didn’t know who was leading until the boats came into view, and the excitement was huge!

  2. Throughout my '50s schooldays, I couldn't understand why the Boat Race, and I think John Snagg's commentary, was such an important radio event when 'we' were always strong Cambridge supporters. We'd no link with the city or University - but to support the dark blues, Oxford, would have been unthinkable!