14 December 2016

17th-20th Nov 1947: bitterly cold... saw a decorated wedding train!

17 Mon. Severe white frost, very cold clear day with some sunshine in morning. To Wimbledon along rail path in morning to buy fish also to Boots the chemists. Also tried to buy an enamelled hearth plate at Kennards but failed. Listened with interest to “Velma” a clairvoyant (?) at Kennards.  Dear Gwennie called; bought another child photograph from her in aid of N.C.H.O. Did some more covering of wing of small spar aero.

18 Tues. Bitterly cold: E wind. Slight fall of snow which thawed during morning; very dull. To Merton to buy fish. Gwennie called, we played noughts and crosses which she won of course. Finished covering the wing of spar aero with white tissue.

19 Wed. Bitterly cold, very dismal, misty, E wind. To grocers as usual on Wed. Also to fish shop. Also bought a gallon oil can. Dear Gwennie called. Covered the tail of spar aero.

QEII on another train
20 Thur. Rather mild but dull and very humid. Heard the wonderful broadcast from Westminster Abbey of the marriage of H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth to Lieu. P. Mountbatten now to be known as the Duke of Edinburgh. Gwennie called in afternoon. Took her with me to buy paraffin also to Shorts to buy a nice green enamelled hearth plate. Fitted it to the hearth in my room and put the previously bought pink and red one in the front bedroom: they both match the floorcloth perfectly. Thence with Gwennie & Donald to take bones for Laura Ashenden’s dog and on to Approach Road to see the Royal Honeymoon train bound for Southampton. Drawn by a Pacific locomotive the luxury train beautifully decorated was resplendent with colour and brilliant lights.

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