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
31 December 2015
6th-8th April 1946: walking stick with pen, pencil, microscope & inkpot
The Big Wheel, Earl's Court Exhibition, taken about 1900
6 Sat. Very cool, some sunshine, chilly E wind. Took a note to Mrs.
Child and met her later with Jennifer at Merton. Bought fish there and some
scouring powder at Morden. Dug up, divided and re-planted a large Michaelmas
daisy. Saw dear Mother’s grave, the daffodils are superb.
7 Sun. Rather mild but a stiff sou’wester made it seem chilly:
bright sunshine all day. Cycled to Richmond Park and found to my disappointment
that both the Pen Ponds had been drained and were overgrown with tall grass and
reeds. Ciss went to Tolworth and found Dad a little better: Uncle Dick was just
coming away when Ciss arrived. Drew a picture of roses to make a birthday card
for Gwennie to give to her mother. Gwennie is going to paint it.
Extract from article on the Big Wheel
8 Mon. Mild, dull, rather cool wind. Gwennie and Donald called:
showed them the walking stick which Miss Gardner gave me when I was a boy. It
has a concealed inkpot and combined pen and pencil and a microscope which when
looked through shows a picture of the Big Wheel at Earl’s Court Exhibition
where the stick was bought. Farley’s brought the new dressing table in medium
oak with a large plate glass mirror. They also took away the organ, armchair,
music cabinet and other pieces of furniture for repair and repolishing. To
Morden to buy fish.