19 April 2015

19th April 1945: spring has sprung, the cuckoo's sung

19 Thur. Not quite so warm as yesterday owning to a light breeze but lovely bright sunshine all day. Bought aquilegia, poppy and scarlet runner seeds. Met Aunt Hannah, cousin Ivy and little Barbara. Ivy looked extremely well and the little girl is a picture. To Wimbledon to buy fish; also bought sausage meat and leeks locally. Dug over and applied fertiliser to ground to be used for runner beans. Chestnut, lilac, laburnum, may, wistaria, cydonia, apple blossom etc. are all out lovely, Ciss has heard the cuckoo. Many of my roses have flower buds on them.

18 April 2015

18th April 1945: still queuing

18 Wed. Slight frost to begin the day but the sun soon dispelled it. The day became warm with hot sunshine all day without a cloud; perfect. Got the groceries as usual, then cycled to Morden and Merton to find food for Dinky but failed after standing in queues at a number of shops some local. Bought sultanas etc at Morden. Weeded the onion seedlings – a very delicate job. Had to water the garden – very dry.

17 April 2015

17th April 1945: first time undressed for bed since last June

17 Tues. Rather warm; perfect sunny day. Letter from Aunt Nellie to say that Uncle Tom had had a fall and was very queer: replied. Bought stationery and stamps, also two sorts of lettuce seed and dried blood fertiliser. Sowed lettuce seed also Bees calendula seed. Turned over another part of garden and noticed a red currant bush planted earlier this year had started to grow after I had given up hope of it: started weeding onion seedlings. Waited in a queue at Station for an evening paper. Put mattresses on beds and will undress and go to bed properly to-night; first time since the flying bombs started last June.

Fred's 'bedroom' since last June
- a garden shelter such as this Anderson

16 April 2015

16th April 1945: more post-bomb refurnishing

16 Mon. Very mild to rather warm; sun shone with increasing warmth all day: perfect. Bought two more pairs of curtain rod brackets. Put them up and the rod; later some nice green curtains went up at both the back bedroom windows: looks nice. Mended a drawer of dressing table. Gwennie and Laurie called.

15 April 2015

15th April 1945: lovely day

"I am very happy"
15 Sun. Very mild; lovely sunny day, the sunshine was warm in afternoon and could hardly have been more pleasant. Cycled to Tolworth in afternoon and enjoyed the ride: Anthony said he was very happy.

14 April 2015

14th April 1945: 'Great number of Lancaster bombers from N to S'

14 Sat. Very mild, nice sunny morning, but cloudy and showers later. To Cheam in morning but meat shop closed, so bought some fish pieces there for Dinky. Also to Morden to buy a cake. Bought curtain rods and brackets to-day. Fitted some to front bedroom windows and put up curtains. Alb, Lily and Anthony came to tea. Great number of Lancaster bombers from N to S. Alan Spooner called in evening. He had his nose broken at Rugby football and it has affected his sight; he had been to eye hospital today.