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22 July 2016

3rd-4th March 1947: cruel east wind & blizzard

The snow on the live rail is making the trains flash incessantly  with vivid green light,
which lights up the snow-covered landscape

3 Mon. Very severe white morning frost, very cold day with some weak sunshine and a bitter E wind. To Merton in afternoon to buy fish and beef cubes. Gwennie brought meat for the cats.


4 Tues. Hard black frost, dismal day, cruel E wind. A blizzard commenced midday and continued till time of writing this at 10.20 pm: it looks like going on too. At least four inches of snow fell with three times that depth in the drifts; I should imagine there is two feet of snow outside the dining room window. The snow on the live rail is making the trains flash incessantly with vivid green light, which lights up the snow-covered landscape in a most impressive way: the sky seems ablaze with the man-made lightning. Struggled through the blizzard to Merton to buy cat meat and had to stand in a long queue. Went to Doris to get our usual loaf she takes for us and found Gwennie in bed with a temperature and apparent tonsillitis.

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