11 July 2016

13th-14th Feb 1947: fuel shortages and power cuts, 'like war-time'

13 Thur. Just the same freezing weather only little wind. Toured the district to get paraffin and failed. Cycled to Merton in afternoon to buy fish and cats meat. Went to see Aunt Liza: she is making fair progress. Our coal supply is getting very low & cannot last many more days. The fuel shortage is critical and electric current is cut right off morning & afternoon. We have gas but the pressure is low. All street lighting is now discontinued and black-out conditions are like war-time.

14 Fri. Not freezing quite so hard but very dull although almost dead calm. To the butchers etc. locally. Queued up for logs at Fruin’s yard: had to wait while they repaired the motor that drives the circular saw that cuts the logs. There is no sign of coal yet. We have enough for about 2 to three days. Mrs Conley came to do some house-cleaning to-day: she has not been for some months as she has been ill. Went to see Aunt Liza again; she is making progress.

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