26 June 2016

17th-18th Jan 1947: gift of meat to UK from Uruguay

17 Fri Very cool, some sunny periods. Got the meat: this week 5d is being deducted from each ration as Uruguay has given a present of meat to the British public: we are not to have extra but we get our ration that much cheaper. Cycled to Mitcham where I got some good cats meat. Bought golden syrup, paraffin and fish paste locally in afternoon. Laurie & Donald brought some meat for the cats.

18 Sat. Sharp white morning frost, fine cold, bright sunny day. To Wimbledon in afternoon where I bought some fish which is coming back into the shops in small quantities. Bought something at the chemists also. Had a happy afternoon playing games with Gwennie & Laurie. They can play dominoes now instead of using them to build houses with. We also played pin board and beat your neighbour out of doors*.

*a card game in which one player tries to win all the cards from the other player

25 June 2016

15th-16th Jan 1947: strikes mean fish & meat shortage

15 Wed. Mild, but the extremely boisterous wind made it seem very cold: very dull. At one place I had to pedal downhill on low gear against the blast when cycling to Morden. I toured the district for fish but got none. I waited in a queue for half an hour but supplies gave out before I reached the shop. If the large scale transport and dockers strikes continue much longer, food shops will have to shut. Soldiers are delivering meat as the Smithfield men are out but supplies are small and dwindling.
The trio called to-day: they brought Gwennie’s doll in her cradle for me to see.

16 Thur. Mild for season: lovely sunshine all day: as nice as a Jan. day could be. Got something from the local butchers. To my surprise got some frozen herrings at Morden without queueing: got some for Mrs. Collis as she has not been able to get any fish. People are queuing up at fish shops in their hundreds simply hoping that some fish may arrive only to be turned away. A food strike is a serious thing but the strikers are going back to work on Sat. Re-built a small glider for Laurie.


Note: staff of about 30 large haulage companies in London started an unofficial strike on 10th Jan 1947. Deliveries of meat, fruit, fish, newsprint, and other commodities were suspended The men were stated to be dissatisfied with a proposed award increasing their annual holidays from six days to nine days. They claimed an annual holiday of 14 days.

The workers were also opposed to the rejection of a claim for the reduction of the working week from 48 hours to 44 hours.

Another complaint was that the machinery of the Road Haulage Central Wages Board was too slow in action.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union, National Union of General and Municipal Workers, Scottish Horse and Motormen's Association, Liverpool and District Carters' Association, and the United Road Transport Workers' Association were involved in the dispute. The companies concerned were engaged in transport from Covent Garden and Smithfield, Billingsgate, Spitalfields and Borough markets.

24 June 2016

13th-14th Jan 1947: bought glass ear syringe

13 Mon. Rather cold, some sunshine, extremely boisterous, the wind seeming to come from all quarters. To Morden to buy cats meat and a glass ear syringe. Fitted a cover and new tube to back wheel of cycle. Played dominoes with Ciss in evening.

14 Tues. Rather mild, very dull, drizzle almost all day: windy. Bought a few things locally in morning. Bought cats meat at Merton in afternoon. Gwennie & Laurie called.

23 June 2016

11th-12th Jan 1947: strike closes fish & butchers shops

11 Sat. Rather mild for season. Red dawn: dull day, drizzle. Toured the district and finally bought herrings in Haydon’s Rd. A strike has closed most fish shops and butchers. Dreamed of dear Connie Bradley: it was lovely to see her although only a dream.

12 Sun. Rather mild, small amount of sun in morning: dull, rain later. Nothing much to record save that John Child called in evening only to be promptly and unceremoniously fetched back by Audrey.

22 June 2016

10th Jan 1947: a "slight" fire

10 Fri. Severe white morning frost which disappeared suddenly midday the temperature rising to 44°, very dull, drizzle late in day. A slight outbreak of fire in the roof of 10 Oxford Avenue. I stood by for a little while, while firemen went in to have a look; the escape soon went and left the engine there. Got the meat and other provisions locally. Met Laurie & Donald just returning from a hair-cut. Gwennie left her gloves here this afternoon: she will be after them tomorrow.

21 June 2016

9th Jan 1947: 25 houses were destroyed

9 Thur. Cold; some lovely sunshine for time of year in morning, dull later. A firm of builders are clearing the bomb sites in this road, pulling down the two derelict houses at the end, seemingly as a prelude to building again the 25 houses destroyed at this end of Chestnut Road. Mrs. Child is hoping to come back again. To Merton to buy lights and fish for the cats, a new 120-volt high-tension battery and some liver – not for cats. Fitted the battery and the loud-speaker quality is marvellous. Made a tapped medium-wave coil for John Child.