16 November 2016

1st - 3rd Aug 1947: Dad is eighty

Fri. 1. Becoming rather warm, fair, sunny morning, dull later; slight showers. Did usual shopping in morning locally. To Wimbledon in afternoon to get Albert’s umbrella from Trotts where it has been recovered and repaired.

2 Sat. Very mild, dull, strong E wind, showers. Did some shopping locally. Dad, Alb, Lily, Anthony and Mr. Stopford* came in afternoon and had tea. Dad will stay till Monday.

3 Sun. Rather warm, dull morning, fine sunny later. Walked along Arterial Road in evening as far as Shannon’s corner. Mr. Waldron called to see Dad: he is 80. He wears very well. He asked after Uncle Dick but had not heard he was dead. Cousin Len, Doris and their little boy Joseph called with Aunt Liza. Little Joseph is a lovely boy with very large blue eyes.

*Note: the name Kenneth Stopford comes to mind, a lodger with Fred's brother and sister-in-law.

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