8 January 2016

20-21 April 1946: Easter weekend. No fish to be had.

20 Sat. Rather cold morning and night but lovely warm sunshine all day – cloudless. Had to queue up an hour and a quarter at the butchers. Also did other shopping locally in morning. In afternoon cycled to Merton, Wimbledon, Morden, Cheam, Worcester Park and Malden, not to mention all the local shops in search of cats meat and fish and after riding 12 miles or more came back empty handed. Fish has gone completely off the market and there will be none till Wed next according to the notices on the shops. There is no cats meat and the pussies have nothing and no chance of getting anything till next Wed: hard luck: I have never known things worse. To Alf’s in evening.

21 Sun. Cold morning and night but fine, bright sunny day. Surprise visit of Mr and Mrs. Shackleton of Shanklin I.O.W. They are staying with friends at Pinner and very kindly came right across London to see us. I appreciated their friendliness: I didn’t think I knew such people. Mrs Akroyd to tea.

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