2 August 2015

2nd August 1945: trainspotting

Lord Duncan No 858 at Bournemouth
Photo credit: Mike Morant collection
2 Thur. Mild dull morning; rather warm afternoon, lovely warm sunshine later. Gwennie and Laurie called in morning. Did shopping locally in afternoon also to Wimbledon to buy butter beans. Returned along rail path and saw loco. Lord Duncan which I had not seen before. To Madge’s in evening to get some windfall apples.

1 August 2015

1st August 1945: dustmen's horses, jealous Gwennie

Anthony on his new tricycle
1 Aug. Wed. Rather cool, very dull and cloudy; calm. Got the groceries as usual on Wed. Also bought torch battery. Met Gwennie and Laurie going on an errand so went with them: they bought plums at Jones’. They came in afternoon and I amused them by cutting out figures of dancing children in paper. Told Gwennie I was going to Tolworth to play with Anthony. She said I was not to and was quite grieved at my wanting to go out and leave her: she is jealous of my playing with other children as, I discovered, she regards me as being hers alone. Bless her heart, I do love her. However, I went to Tolworth and saw Anthony’s new tricycle. He was very excited when the dustmen came as he always takes some pieces of sugar and some carrots for their horses. I fed two lumps of sugar to one of the big horses. Cousin Maud called.

31 July 2015

31st July 1945: two hours in cats' meat queue

31 Tues. Rather warm, very cloudy and dull, calm. To Cheam, where I waited 2 hours in a queue for cats meat. Gwennie and Laurie spent the afternoon here and I enjoyed amusing them: they in their turn are loth to go home so I suppose they too enjoy my efforts to please them. Aunt Liza called. Letter from Uncle Tom. Small amount of gardening.

30 July 2015

30th July 1945: cigarettes & rhubarb... watch repairs

30 Mon. Very mild to rather warm, dismal, drizzle but clearing up in afternoon and some gentle sunshine in evening: calm. Aunt Nellie called in morning; gave her a pot of jam, some rhubarb and money to buy Uncle Tom some cigarettes. She brought two watches for me to repair. Some shopping locally in morning. Gwennie called. Some work in the garden including cutting the lawn.

29 July 2015

29th July 1945: practising piano

29 Sun. Very mild to rather warm, some nice sunshine midday, otherwise cloudy. Am practising hard at the piano and am regaining some of my lost ability. Ride through Richmond Park in evening, following the westerly road round to Norbiton Gate.

28 July 2015

28th July 1945: oil, accumulators & Merton v. Mitcham cricket

28 Sat. Between very mild and rather warm, much pleasant sunshine. To local greengrocers in morning, To Wimbledon in afternoon to buy fish etc. Also to local oil-shop and got three accumulators from Whitbourn’s. To the cricket match. It was the first match of a cricket week and I had to pay 6d to enter to see Merton v Mitcham. Merton made 140 all out; Mitcham had made 57 for 4 when I left for tea. It took Mitcham an hour and a quarter to score that number of runs and an hour to score the first 34. A Middlesex man played for Mitcham but made only four in a half-hour! Laurie got knocked down by a bicycle last night and was hurt somewhat but he will be all right in a few days.