|Beverley Brook walk (Merton Council)|
30 September 2016
24 Thur. Rather warm, the sun peeping out from hazy clouds, a slight breeze: very pleasant. Got liver from the butchers – a rare treat these days. Also bought fish, split peas, glass paper etc. locally. Glass papered the new propeller to a very smooth surface & French polished it – looks like glass. Walked beside the Beverleigh Brook in afternoon: it is a lovely walk and I have never seen such a grand display of rose-bay willow herb. Mrs. McAinsh, Jeanette and Margaret called in evening and had a happy time with the “pops”. They are two charming and intelligent little girls.
It is three years ago to-day when a “doodle-bug” almost demolished this house. It is only quite recently that the house and furniture etc. has been restored to a reasonable state of repair.
Notes on Beverley Brook
The spelling, nowadays at least, is Beverley, not Fred's 'Beverleigh Brook'. Here are some links to web pages about the 8.9-mile stream as it flows northwards to join the River Thames above Putney Embankment at Barnes Elmes - having flowed through a culvert under a major road, across wasteland, and as pleasant stream through Richmond Park alongside grazing deer.
Definitely worth clicking this link for the collection of fascinating photos: http://www.londonslostrivers.com/beverley-brook.html This site reports that in the year AD693 the brook was known as Beferithi... and that Beverley means beaver's ley (the home of beavers).
Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverley_Brook
Local council summary: http://www.merton.gov.uk/leisure/visiting/attractions/beverleybrookwalk.htm
29 September 2016
22 Tues. Rather warm, fine and sunny for the most part: pleasant. Bought potted meat and fish locally. Short cycle ride in afternoon. Maurice & Laurie called. Put in some hard work levelling the ground where the shelter came out and digging a straight path through where it used to go round the shelter. Dug up three nice beetroots, the first this year and boiled them, had some for tea – lovely with some home grown lettuce.
23 Wed. Rather warm, much warm sunshine but a rather rough wind. Got the groceries etc. all locally. To Mitcham in afternoon: saw Surrey Women’s cricket team play a match against a representative team. Surrey scored 122 for 9 when I had to leave. Most interesting to see women playing real cricket. They bowled over arm – one slow left arm bowler and two slow-medium. The fielding was excellent. The batting was good and no sitting on the splice. There were no batswomen who poked about; they all made long sweeping strokes; some of the boundary hits were first class. Most unusual to see women playing serious cricket, the play being of such a high standard too.
28 September 2016
'I had given up hope of living'
21 Mon. Rather warm, close, some hazy sunshine otherwise overcast: slight showers. More work on the new propeller. Donald, Maurice who is staying with Cousin Doris and Laurie called. A man – Irish - came and took out the Anderson shelter. It has been in the garden over seven years, and saved us from possible injury at least twice. How many nights and days we have spent in it during raids I cannot say. It served its purpose well. During the flying bomb attacks we slept in it from June to December in 1944. And so it has gone after occupying considerable space in the garden. Many a time when we were inside it when bombs were whining down and flying bombs were roaring over I had given up hope of living. It withstood the awful blast of the flying bomb which fell but 30 yds. away, when a fragment of bomb smashed the door and entered the shelter: but Ciss and I inside were by God’s mercy saved from injury
'a fragment of bomb smashed the door and entered the shelter...'
27 September 2016
19 Sat. Rather warm, dull, calm, hazy, slight rain at night. The three children called. Gwennie to say good-bye as she is going to stay at Oxford for three weeks. Ciss had the morning off from work and did some shopping in afternoon. I cycled to Tolworth to see Dad who is fairly well. Their lodger Mr. Stopford** was interested in my 40 year old Rudge-Whitworth.
20 Sun. Rather warm, fine, sunny from midday onward. Walked to Holland Gardens but did not see Dorothy this time. Walked to Wimbledon Common in evening, saw lady’s bedstraw and harebells growing there.
**Note: the faintest of bells in your editor's head. Kenneth Stopford? From Manchester area? Fairly tall, and first time toddler Tony was aware of any accent other than BBC/southern.
Immediately after typing above memory, I Googled the name, and third item down was directory link to a Kenneth Stopford at a Manchester address - surely not a coincidence?
26 September 2016
17 Thur. Rather warm, becoming cooler, dull, calm, rain setting in later. Bought fish locally – a nice cod cutlet for myself 1/-. Laid new green oilcloth on scullery floor. Mrs. Child called. Donald & Laurie called: sent them away with bunches of “pops” off the yellow acacia tree.
18 Fri. Rather warm, dull, overcast, slight showers and distant thunder. Did all the usual shopping locally. Saw Donald playing with other small boys on the opposite side of Bushey Road; they must have crossed the busy main road themselves. I escorted them safely back and told Doris who went after Donald. Gwennie, Laurie and Donald came in afternoon and played games. Gwennie is going away for three weeks. Tied the tomato plants to the stakes they are growing very tall and some of them have trusses of fruit forming.
25 September 2016
15 Tues. Rather warm, some sunny periods. Returning from shopping was surprised to see Donald: the hospital could not take him in as arranged. Started carving a new 14 ins propeller. Tidied up the garden in evening.
16. Very warm, fine sunny morning, but overcast with slight thundery rain at night. Got the groceries & bought fish locally in morning. Made good headway with the new 14 ins propeller. Showed Victor Conley how it was shaped to a helical formula. Washed down the painted scullery walls in evening.