31 October 2014

31st October 1944: high & fast rockets, no defence possible

31 Tues. Cold, very dull, N. wind; showers. To the Cheam meat shop: also shopping locally. Saw Pacific loco 21C6. Finished the moulding above sitting room window and cleaned out the room. At 3.0. a.m. heard a very loud rocket fall. Warning from 6.50 to 7.0 a.m. one flying bomb distant S. At 7.45: a rocket. From 8.0 to 8.30 a.m. one flying bomb, NE. From 8.55 a.m. to 9.2 a.m. one near NE. During the day heard three rockets: they travel so high and fast no warning can be given and there are no possible counter measures: they carry about 3½ tons of explosive. Very loud rocket at 9.5 p.m. in N direction.

30 October 2014

30th October 1944: nails and candles

30 Mon. Cold, cloudy: strong wind. Bought nails and candles locally; returning along little rail path. Cycled to Wimbledon in afternoon to buy fish. Paid the slate club. Heard three rockets to-day, but none within some miles.

29 October 2014

29th October 1944: own piano & organ in storage

29 Sun. Rather cold after white frost. Dismal, some showers. Warning from 5.35 to 5.50 a.m. one fairly near in S. Went to tea at Mrs. Child’s and had an enjoyable time. Had a happy time playing her piano – an unusual thing for me since the bombing. Our damaged piano and organ are in storage for the time being. Little Jennifer Child always pleases me.

28 October 2014

28th October 1944: carpentry & rockets

28 Sat. Rather cold, cloudy, but a few intervals of autumnal sunshine. To N. Cheam to buy cat’s meat: saw where a flying bomb fell in Hamilton Av. To greengrocers in morning to buy brussels tops. Arthur Child called to invite me to tea tomorrow. Sawed and planed a plank & cut some mitred moulding to finish the woodwork of sitting room window. Loud rocket at 5.0 a.m.; at Kingston I believe; heard five others more distant during the day.

27 October 2014

27th October 1944: white balloon?

27 Fri. Rather cold, clear; a day of bright sunshine, but little warmth in it now. Got the week-end joint, also to the bakers etc. in morning. Put a polished oak plywood top on the hall cabinet which finishes it. Bought fish at Merton in afternoon; saw where a flying bomb fell in Christchurch Close, Collier’s Wood. While at Morden saw what I thought was a white balloon drifting over: everyone was gazing up at it.

26 October 2014

26th October 1944: dried peas

26 Thur. Rather cold, dismal. To butcher’s and other shops locally. To Merton meat shop in afternoon; returned via Haydon’s Rd. Durnsford Rd and Wimbledon Park. To Morden to buy dried peas and a paper.