30 August 2017

31st August 1948: Back to school

31 Tues. Becoming rather warm by afternoon; some pleasant sun, windy, cloudy later. The children went back to school to-day and were quite excited about it; they have all advanced a class or two and have new teachers. Eileen called; I gave her a little cake. I saw her later with a little girl named Brenda: they all seem fond of me. Gwennie fed the tortoise with green peas. Bought cats meat and gas-lighter flints at Merton: met Chas. there. Len Conley and John Child cycled to Box Hill: they borrowed my telescope to see the view.

29 August 2017

30th August 1948: Gwennie's composition

30 Mon. Gwennie composed this tune: I like it very much.
Becoming rather warm; much hazy sunshine; almost calm: lovely. Played the spelling game with Gwennie and Laurie – I won. Played table tennis with Gwennie, she won 3 – 1. Margaret brought some pieces for Dinky. Bought fish. Took Ciss shoes for repair. Bought jam pot covers, brown paper and a large carton for Katie. Made some packets of selected poppy seeds.

28 August 2017

29th August 1948: Flying on Epsom Downs

29 Sun. Very mild, much gentle sunshine, little wind; a nice day. The usual children called. Gwennie and Laurie went to the Science Museum yesterday: they were most interested in devices – worked on the ray principle for foiling burglars. Cycled to Epsom Downs again; flew the little spar model with good results but its performance looked meagre, the Downs being such a large place. I am used to flying on Wimbledon Common where the flying space is so restricted: it makes the performance of the model look much greater, when flown on the Common

27 August 2017

28th August 1948: Watching on Epsom Downs

28 Sat. Mild, some gentle sunshine not much wind; not unpleasant. Gwennie and Margaret called: they were very charming to-day. Bought fish and other things locally. Cycled to Epsom Downs where I saw many fine motor model aeroplanes only one smashed up on landing. There were no rubber driven models.

26 August 2017

27th August 1948: Pleasant

27 Fri. Mild, some pleasant sunny periods; windy. To butchers. Bought light brown wool for Ciss. Got the sweet ration, cake, paid for the papers. To Merton to buy fish, cats met etc. The three children called early. Cleaned all the windows inside.

25 August 2017

26th August 1948: Very happy

26 Thur. Mild, some sunny periods windy but not unpleasant. All the four children called; Margaret helped me eat my dinner after she had just had her own. Bought a torch battery locally: Gwennie fitted it to light the lamp in Ciss bedroom. To Wimbledon; bought fish, salt, a pastry cutter of a dog shape for Mrs Brissenden and a pretty pink hair slide for Gwennie in a butterfly design which I put in her hair with my own hands and was very happy. She had her bicycle in the road this evening but had three minor spills – she is so miniature she cannot put the brakes on properly. Got Katie’s rations including three tablets of lovely “Lux” toilet soap and a packet of the new “Dreft” soap powder – off the ration and a jar of greengage jam also off the ration. Did a bit of gardening – one tomato plant is over six feet high but there is not much fruit on them this year.

24 August 2017

25th August 1948: A delightful spot

25 Wed. Mild, some sunny periods, slight showers, very rough. Got the groceries including some good greengage jam off the ration. Also fish locally. The children called, of course. Went to Mitcham Cricket Green in afternoon but there was no match, so went to Ravensbury Park childrens boating pool where Doris took the four children yesterday. I found it a delightful spot with many small rowing boats and children’s paddle boats set in a lovely landscape with beautiful trees, shrubs and flower beds. Met Willie Wilmot at Morden and had a chat with him. To see Alan in evening.

23 August 2017

24th August 1948: A model jet motor

Rather warm, fine sunny day till late afternoon; quite a treat. Gwennie, Laurie called in morning, Donald & Margaret brought pieces for the cate later. They are going to Ravensbury Gardens and boating pool this afternoon. Did shopping at Merton. Then with Len Conley for a ride to Worcester Park to see a model aero. Shop. While there Iris Pontifex came down the station steps so we had a little talk. Saw one of the doodle bug type of model jet motors in the model shop. Some gardening in evening.

22 August 2017

23rd August 1948: Help from the children

Mild, cloudy, the sun nearly came through; still very rough. All the children called, Margaret brought some meat for Tibby. Gwennie called in evening to show me she could ride her birthday-present bicycle – just a bit wobbly. Trimmed the privet hedges in the front garden – plenty of children to help me clear up the leaves.

21 August 2017

22nd August 1948: A day of children

Mild becoming cool: the sun made many attempts to come through the clouds but did not quite succeed: rather rough but no rain. Gwennie, Laurie and Donald came in morning as they were going to Streatham this afternoon. Other children came in afternoon. Went for a walk up the Downs, Ridgway, Canterbury and other roads in evening.

20 August 2017

21st August 1948: Go away!

Mild becoming cooler: very dismal, boisterous; rain commencing by late afternoon. Donald & Laurie eventually had to be told to go away. To butchers bought tin of corned beef for Katie also got her groceries. Bought haddock, plums etc. locally. Saw Wanstead CC score 149 for 4 against Merton I.

19 August 2017

20th August 1948: The first television set!

Mild, cloudy becoming dismal and very cool, only a sprinkling of rain. Got the meat and other rations locally then in afternoon to Morden to buy fish and a violin string. Saw a television set* working in the shop – the first I have seen. Gwennie called in morning the boys and Margaret in afternoon. Katie came back to-night after a weeks holiday at Worthing. The weather was very bad and she is glad to get back. She made me a present of a pair of cuff links.

*A 1948 Bush television, courtesy of  

18 August 2017

19th August 1948: Having a lark

Mild, cool at ends of day: some feeble sunshine. The three called: Gwennie decorated some poppy heads with coloured enamel. She came while I had dinner so gave her a little plate with a small dinner on it which she evidently enjoyed – it really was tasty. Laurie & Donald also came and we had a lark. Got Ciss’ shoes from repairers; also got fish & other things. Short cycle ride in evening.

17 August 2017

18th August 1948: Entertaining the children

Very mild by afternoon – cool at each end of day. Got the groceries and other things locally. Bought 4 lbs of lovely plums @ 6d per lb. All the children again. Gwennie & Laurie made two sets of dominoes out of cardboard also two little model houses with doors and windows. Margaret sat by me while I had dinner; I regaled her with tit bits from my plate: she is a little glutton and would always be eating: she had just had her own dinner. Cut the lawn. Short cycle ride in evening.

16 August 2017

17th August 1948: I do not play very hard...

Mild, rain, dull. All the children called. Gwennie came in afternoon and the rain kept her here which did not concern her in the least as she stayed to tea. I had previously played table tennis with her: she won both games. I do not play very hard of course.

15 August 2017

16th August 1948: Too old?

16 Mon. Very mild, some pleasant sunshine but a stiff breeze. The children called; played Sebastopol with them: Gwennie won. To Morden to buy fish. Took Ciss’ shoes for repair. Saw Arthur Child, Leonard Conley and a friend playing cricket on the playing fields: their friend was a very fast bowler. I bowled a few of my spinners at them but I am too old for cricket. Payed the Slate Club.

14 August 2017

15th August 1948: A happy time

15 Sun. Very mild, dull, cloudy. Ted & Beryl Green came to tea with their two boys Nigel and Terry: had a happy time. Only a short walk.

13 August 2017

14th August 1948: Improvement all round

14 Sat. Very mild after rain, some pleasant sunny periods: a great improvement: almost calm. Gwennie called to-day: she is getting better: she brought me a piece of her birthday cake. Posted the photos to Katie who is at Worthing. Did some shopping locally in afternoon: bought plums and tomatoes. To Wimbledon Common to fly the small spar model with fair results under fine conditions. The duration was not great as I had no-one to hold the model while I stretch-wound the rubber motor: anyway it flew as well as possible with that limitation.

12 August 2017

13th August 1948: A busy day

13 Fri. Cool for August; very dull; rain on and off all day. Got a piece of beef from the butchers, also bought a cake, sweets etc. locally. In afternoon to Wimbledon, bought fish also three plastic pastry cutters at Woolworths: they are in the shapes of cat, dog and rabbit respectively. Ciss will make some biscuits with them. Donald & Laurie called. Went to see Gwennie who is still in bed but is a bit better today: the doctor says she can get up a little while to-morrow. Made three prints of the photo I took of Katie & Franz.

11 August 2017

12th August 1948: No bike today...

12 Thur. Rather cool, very dull, boisterous SW wind. Dear Gwennie is 10 to-day. Unfortunately she is laid up with gastritis but will have a tea party on Sunday if she is better. Gwennie was delighted to hear that Cousin Len’s wife Doris had a baby girl to-day. Gwennie said it was the best present of all: the new baby’s name is Madeleine Joan. Donald, who said he was a Christian, and Laurie called. I decorated some poppy heads with blue and yellow celluloid enamel and Donald took them to Gwennie. Shopping locally and in Morden. Walk up Edge Hill and down the Downs in evening.

10 August 2017

11th August 1948: Liver AND bacon!

11 Wed. Very mild, very dull, rain till well in the afternoon: the sun seems to have forgotten us. Got the groceries & fish locally. Laurie and Donald played draughts. Had liver AND bacon to-day. It is rarely they come together nowadays. Gwennie is in bed with a gastric attack: went to see her. Rather unfortunate as her birthday is tomorrow. Developed successfully a photograph I took of Katie and Franz before they went on holiday to Worthing.

9 August 2017

10th August 1948: Dilly called

10 Tues. Very mild, very dull; not much wind. Shopping locally and at Merton in afternoon. John Child, Leonard Conley and Laurie were the callers. Oh, Dilly Emery the sandy Persian cat came to see me; the first time he has been for many months.

8 August 2017

9th August 1948: An improvement

9 Mon. Very mild, just a few sunny periods after rain, but an improvement to-day. The four children called: Margaret, in spite of being so young is very self-willed and violent: glad when she went home. Some shopping locally and in afternoon walked along rail path to Wimbledon: bought plastic pastry cutters for Gwennie; one was in the shape of a ginger-bread man and the other a dog. Short cycle ride in evening. Re-ground the valve seating of the water tap and put on a new washer: it does not drip now.

7 August 2017

8th August 1948: Stayed in all day...

8 Sun. Very mild, very dull, heavy downpour of rain all day. Stayed in all day and played Beethoven.

6 August 2017

7th August 1948: The four children

7 Sat. Rather warm afternoon; very dull, rain all day after rain all night. Bought a few things locally in afternoon. The four children came and played and quarrelled over the pinboard – especially Margaret. Gwennie brought a cycle tool bag she has just bought to show me: it is another birthday present. Fitted a new rivet to a pair of scissors and sharpened them.

5 August 2017

6th August 1948: A new toy

6 Fri. Very mild becoming cool, dismal, humid rain most of the day. Franz played the organ & piano but he liked pin bagatelle the best and could hardly be made to leave it. Did the shopping locally including buying a cake. Mrs. Conley did the usual Fri afternoon cleaning. As her boys are away Ann being lonely came here, so amused her. Cousin Maud bought an amusing present for Gwennie – a queer looking toy duck which, called Dilly, dips its beak at intervals into a tumbler of water and continues indefinitely: it is worked by some chemical action unknown to me.

4 August 2017

5th August 1948: Mild depression

5 Thur. Very mild, very dismal; rain till evening: very depressing. Did some shopping locally also in Morden. Fitted a new spar to the small spar model. Cousin Maud called, she is going to Cornwall for a holiday. Katie brought her nephew Franz to stay the night: played the organ to him.

3 August 2017

4th August 1948: Fred in charge!

4 Wed. Very mild, very dull and overcast. Got the groceries also for Katie. Bought vegetables and other things. The four children called; the boys were very unruly and had to send them home. Played the moonlight sonata rather better than usual. Posted Uncle Tom’s letter.

2 August 2017

2nd August 1948: Bank Holiday

2 Mon. August Bank Holiday. Rather warm becoming cooler; very dull, cloudy, rain setting in midday. Stayed indoors: no callers. Played the piano rather better than for some time. Wrote a letter to Uncle Tom.

3 Tues. Mild, very dull after rain. Bought fish in afternoon. The four children called and were very noisy: Margaret ate many dates and kept asking for more but I had to enforce the veto! To Mr. Hunt the builder to pay a bill: he was very friendly and showed me over the house to the delight of little Anita and Colin. Also to Harold who told me Aunt Hannah who came out of hospital for the weekend will be discharged on Thur. next and they say she is a cure.

1 August 2017

1 August 1948: Meeting friends

1 Sun. Very warm, fine sunny day without much wind. The three children called prior to Sunday School. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley came to tea. Sat in the garden and had a chat with Mr. Bradley while Mrs Bradley went to Church: Mr. is very shaky on his legs since he was bombed in 1944. Saw them off at the bus stop where we met Mrs. Akroyd, Lily Tyler (as was) and dearest Gladys McCappin. Saw Aunt Liza, Cousin Len was also there. Short cycle ride in evening.