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23 March 2017

About 1908, again

'Dear Cissy, Wishing you a maney happy returnes of your Birthday/fame Ivy' (Typed as written.)

23 Mar 1948

23 Tues. Sharp white frost, very cool day but much hazy sunshine; cold again at night. Donald called in morning. Gwennie & Margaret later. Bought fish in Morden; posted letter to Rev. Chas. Staden. Gwennie started painting a birthday card for her mother.


22 March 2017

22 Mar 1948

22 Mon. Becoming rather mild, fine sunny day but a nasty N wind. Donald called in morning Bought fish and a paper; Oh and a new cycle lamp battery. Gwennie and Margaret called. Cut old wood out of sweet briar Lady Penzance. Finished pruning the roses but I may have to cut them back harder subsequently. Aunt Liza called.

21 March 2017

About 1908

Unstanped and unaddressed card, so delivered by hand. Copied here as written: 'Dear Cissy, Wishing you a maney happy Returnes of your Birthday, From Harold'  The same spelling mistakes appear in the same handwriting, but with a different name at the foot, on another romantic card... see 23rd March. 

21 Mar 1948

21 Sun. Very cool, dull, rough chilly wind. The plum blossoms are out. Forsythia, Cydonia are splendid. Short cycle ride in evening but it is not nice out of doors. Finished letter to Chas. Staden.

20 March 2017

Cats, dogs and working animals in WWII

A reader who has just discovered Uncle Fred's diaries has contributed this interesting information  about pets and working animals during the war. Thank you 'Greyfox'.
I've found this re cat registration. 

"...pet cats could be issued with a NARPAC collar and registration disc that ensured their return if they were found straying during, or after, a blitz or blackout. The disc read: "Finder Please Report This Number To Nearest National Animal Guard". The National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee was established to ensure the well-being of domestic and working animal under war conditions, a national register was set up and registered animals were issued with a NARPAC numbered disc attached to a collar as identification. The NARPAC Animal Service were responsible for working animals (e.g. horses) while the NARPAC Animal Guard were predominantly women who were responsible for the welfare and registration of domestic pets covering a few streets in their local area."

From http://messybeast.com/retro-wartime.htm . There is also an image of the registration card.