18 November 2016

7th-9th Aug 1947: broke my propeller

The inside cover and opposite page of of Fred's
new diary - a 4in x 6.5in 'Feint Ruled MEMORANDUM'
as it says in faded gold on the stiff red cover.
7 Thur. Rather cool, some sun in afternoon; very gusty. To butchers and fishmongers in morning. Laurie and Maurice called. In afternoon took them to Wimbledon Common to see my model fly, but the wind was so rough and gusty as to be impossible. I made a few short flights just to show them but knew a crash was inevitable – every landing was heavy: at last the new propeller broke much to my annoyance. Maurice goes back home on Sat. and to-day was the last chance of showing him I shall have, so I took the risk.

8 Fri. Very cool, heavy dew to commence the day but becoming rather warm and fine by afternoon. Got the usual provisions in morning. Bought a second-hand Rudge Whitworth chain wheel and crank with a view to fitting it to cycle. To Wimbledon in afternoon. Bought this book* at Woolworth’s also a pair of brake shoes and blocks which I fitted to cycle. Cis went to see the Pontifixes at Worcester Park in evening.

9 Sat. Rather warm, some happy sunshine, windy. Did some shopping locally: bought a birthday card and a jigsaw puzzle for Gwennie who is 9 on Tuesday. She came back from Oxford to-day having been there for three weeks holiday. She came to see us and gave us two walnuts: they are 3/- per lb. Cycled via Epson, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Mickleham, Box Hill, Deepdene to Dorking and back. A good ride for me: the scenery in parts is lovely or even grand. Double summer time ends to-night, put the clocks back one hour.

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