17 June 2016

1st-2nd Jan 1947: A Happy New Year?

1 Wed. Severe white frost, but a fine sunny day which thawed the frost where the sun shone. To Morden to buy cats meat, also bought something at Boots the chemists. Wished the young lady who served me “A Happy New Year”: she seemed very pleased and smiled a reply “and the same to you, thank you”; wasn’t that lovely. Gwennie, Laurie and Donald came to our New Year tea party. They seemed to enjoy it and the games which followed the tea: I am sure I did.

2 Thur. Very cold, dull, foggy later. Bought fish and paraffin locally. Met Aunt Hannah with cousin Ivy and Barbara who is a bright clear-eyed girl of 7.

Army troops clear snow from a railway cutting, UK 1947 - Wikipedia

Note: I can't help wondering how the exceptional weather of 1947 will be recorded in Fred's diary; your editor doesn't read ahead, other than scheduling these entries a few days in advance. It's not giving the game away, as we now know now that later this winter, 1946-47, was the coldest winter in the UK for three centuries. "There were massive disruptions of the energy supply for homes, offices and factories. Animal herds froze or starved to death. No one could keep warm, and many businesses shut down temporarily. When warm weather returned, the ice thawed and flooding was severe..." -

1 comment:

  1. I remember studying the frost patterns on the INSIDE of my bedroom window. They were so beautiful – like an enchanted forest. My older sister tells me that at weekends Mum and Dad made us stay in bed until lunchtime, reading and doing puzzles etc, because there was no heating until later in the day. Coal was severely rationed and the electricity supply was subject to frequent ‘brown-outs’ as it too was powered by coal.