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28 February 2015

28th Feb 1945: fence is dog-proof

28 Wed. Rather mild, cloudy all day; calm, not unpleasant. Got the groceries; also to butchers. Thence to Wimbledon to buy haricot beans, dried peas, and a paper. Did some more work on the fence, it is now reasonably dog-proof but a lot more remains to be done. Addie called with a larger rug she is making. Made some sausage rolls.

27th Feb 1945: neighbour still doing the washing

27 Tues. Exceptionally mild for season; lovely sunny afternoon. Cycled to Cheam meat shop in morning and waited in a very long queue. Went to Robbins to fetch a roll of oil-cloth. Also bought some wood for fence palings and put some up. Gave Addie a root of pink paeony; she called in evening for the washing which she has been doing since Ciss hand has been bad.

26th Feb 1945: bought oilcloth... caught thief

26 Mon. rather cold, dull, windy morning, but some nice sunshine in afternoon. To Robbin’s furniture shop to buy 20 yds of oil-cloth; first time I have bought such a thing: shall collect it tomorrow. To local chemists; also a fruitless journey to Morden. Dug up and divided rhubarb. Little Dennis stole in while my back was turned and helped himself to a cake and ran away down the alleyway between the gardens and I had to chase him, bearing him back in my arms, triumphantly eating his stolen cake: you have to laugh! Saw an elegant twin-engined flying-boat* pass over low from N to S.

*Probably a PBY Catalina (Photo via Wikipedia)


25 February 2015

25th Feb 1945: happy kids... happy Fred with neighbour

25 Sun. Rather cold, clouded over all day. Gwennie and Laurie called and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, just like they use to: the fly sprayer particularly pleased them. Mrs. Veale gave them an orange each. Went into Mrs. Veale’s to glue the back of a wool rug she has made: had a happy time in there. Mrs Akroyd came to tea.

24 February 2015

24th Feb 1945: real EGGS & bacon for dinner - evacuees return

24 Sat. Sharp, white, morning frost, but some soft sunshine in afternoon. We had eggs and bacon for dinner – real eggs! I cooked them. Ciss went to Tolworth. To Merton in afternoon to buy fish. Fixed more palings to the fence. Getting short of palings and had to cut some out of damaged boards. Have no more salvaged wood suitable. Washed 23 dirty handkerchiefs. Saw Gwennie and Laurie back from Preston where they went while the doodle-bugs were coming.

23 February 2015

23rd Feb 1945: Oh! Addie!

23 Fri. Rather cold, very dull, rain setting in later. Got the meat and all the usual household commodities. To Morden in afternoon; thence to Raynes Park Sta. to buy a paper. Bought two more lengths of Arris rail and nailed them to the fence posts. Addie called in evening bringing a green rug she is making and did some work on it here. Oh, she is nice!