5 July 2015

5th July 1945: voted 'National Conservative'

5 Thur. Mild, dull morning, pleasantly warm, sunny afternoon and evening. The General Election. I voted for the National Conservative candidate Hardy-Roberts this morning: I think he will get in* but we shall not know till the 26th. Did some odd jobs about the house including helping Dad to plaster the marble top of my washstand together. To Morden to buy fish. Little Connie Freeman called to give me a posy of rambler roses: how sweet of her.

*Note: Brigadier (later Sir) Geoffrey Paul Hardy-Roberts (ex Eton & Sandhuirst) was the candidate for Wimbledon. The normally safe Conservative seat was won by the Labour Party as they swept to power in an electoral landslide.

4 July 2015

4th July 1945: verses

4 Wed. Very mild, very dull and heavily overcast but little wind. Got the groceries as usual on Wed. Bought two picture postcards for Anthony, one of camels the other of hippopotami; I wrote two verses about the latter which may amuse him: posted same. Dad and Ciss went to Hampton Court. I went to Mitcham to see a cricket match between a West Indian eleven and Mitcham Wed: the latter made 172 for 4.

3 July 2015

3rd July 1945: repairs & gardening

3 Tues. Very mild, a few sunny periods. To local greengrocers and butchers. To Wimbledon to buy fish also to get the lock from Hughes who have fitted a new key to it also a new hammer shaft. To local oil shop to buy liquid ammonia and Bismarck brown stain. Re-fitted lock to book case. Did weeding and tying up in the garden. A superb rose on Norman Lambert bush; tawny orange vermilion on front of petals and pale yellow on the reverse.

2 July 2015

2nd July 1945: Dad gets mending

2 Mon. Rather cold, very dull, cold N wind, rain later, not very nice. To Morden Food Office to get emergency ration cards for Dad. Bought glue and a piece of glass locally. Dad fitted the glass in the brass clock front, it was broken by the bomb blast. Dad repaired wardrobe cabinet in his room. I bought a new brass lock for it in Wimbledon and fitted it, also a length of oak beading and oak polish. I attached the beading to the door of the cabinet and polished same, and now this article of furniture has been repaired. Gwennie and Laurie came to tea and had a lark. Two surveyors called and made a detailed report on the condition of the house.

1 July 2015

1st July 1945: a perfect orgy

1 July. Sun. Very cool, dull, heavy showers, windy. Dad, Alb, Lily and Anthony came to dinner and tea. Dad has come to stay with us for a fortnight. Dorothy Smith, and Margery McAinsh, Jeanette and the new baby called, also Gwennie, Laurie and Donald. All the children had a perfect orgy of popping the pops of the pop tree. Little Dennis next door had some, also the Norris children who had the three Conley children in their garden, all had their share of pops, and still there is plenty left on the tree.

30 June 2015

30th June 1945: gave away old Telsen 3 valve wireless & loudspeaker

30 Sat. Very cool, becoming cold, very dull, cloudy and windy; not a nice day. Ron Cooper is getting married at Wilstead to-day so I sent a telegram of good wishes and congratulation to him and his bride whom we have never met however. Bought vegetable locally. Bought fish in Wimbledon and got the accumulators, the latter locally. Gave an old Telsen 3 valve set and Celestion loud-speaker to Leonard Bensch, Mrs. Wheeler’s grandson.