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28 February 2012

Sat 28 Feb 1942:

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White morning frost but calm pleasant day with some hazy sunshine with temperature rising to 42 degs. The wind has changed round to S.W. as I expected. Got the groceries as usual and then to Merton but cats' meat shop closed. Mrs.Akroyd called; Mr. & Mrs. Bradley called to my great pleasure. They saw Dinky whose cat he previously was..
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Fri 27 Feb 1942: queues outside cats' meat shop

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Hard, dry morning frost; fine, calm day. Shade temperature rose to 36 degrees in afternoon with a sun temperature of 51. Freezing very hard by evening and a brilliant moon. Walked to Merton cats' meat shop twice; waited in queue in vain for shop to open but meat did not arrive till late afternoon when I made my second trip but queue was so long I did not wait but had to wait in a short queue for herrings. Watched a signwriter painting yellow letters on the meat shop window. Oh did some shopping locally - meat, cakes, etc.

"The Japanese, whose game is what I may call to make hell while the sun shines..." - Winston Churchill in the House of Commons, 27 January 1942. 
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26 February 2012

Thur 26 Feb 1942: all basins, no cups & saucers

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The frost yielded slightly in the afternoon for a short while but there was no sun; the north wind is as bitter as ever. Hunted about to find a shop where I could buy two breakfast cups and saucers, there are none to be had anywhere but the shops are stacked up with pudding basins. Bought a few things at Woolworths. Saw an ex S.E.C.R. 4-4-0 loco.
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Wed 25 Feb 1942: early closing

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Slight thaw in afternoon when there was some slight sunshine but bitter north wind of great severity. Alan Spooner called to bring back my potmeter I lent him. He undertook to fit a new length of flex to a stand lamp for Mrs.Child but he did not get a reply when he called on her. Did the shopping in morning being early closing day.
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Tues 24 Feb 1942: the search continues

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No quite so severe as yesterday, otherwise the same; the ground is hard and dry and dusty. Tramping for miles to find food for cats - about 1 1/2 hours walking: it is a problem. Very little time for work apart from household duties.
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Mon 23 Feb 1942: no cats' meat

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Frost all day, dull, cutting east wind. To Merton High Street but cats' meat arrives tomorrow: must go again. Nothing to report save a letter from Aunt Nellie.
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Sun 22 Feb 1942: clothing coupon gift

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Severe frost all day; at least 5 or 6 degrees; dull. Margaret called and went with Ciss to Tolworth and saw young Antony. Alan Spooner called; lent him a potentiometer. Harold Conrade who really prefers to be called by his second surname - Marshall called in evening he brought some flex wire for me, He told us that Rose has a growth and that a major operation will be necessary: poor girl she has had an unfortunate life, I hope she gets on all right. Gave Harold some of my clothing coupons as Rose going into hospital with need for some things.
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Sat 21 February 1942: miles to get cats' food

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Severe white frost getting even more cold during the day; many degrees of frost at night. Dull day cutting east wind. Got the groceries as usual thence to Wimbledon but could not get anything for the cats there so to Merton High Street and bought 2lb of lights @ 6d per lb: then home along Kingston Road - 4 1/2 miles to get cats' food.
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Fri 20 February 1942: 'nothing to report'

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Severe frost all day; many degrees below: dismal but little wind. Spent the morning shopping in Raynes Park & also in Wiumbledon returning along rail path. Little time, consequently little inclination to work: nothing to report.
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Thur 19 Feb 1942: posted poem

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Frost still severe. The air is dry and clear and the ground hard and clean: the roads are getting dusty.  Some sun in afternoon which caused a slight thaw where it fell. To do shopping locally including posting a letter containing a funny poem (?) by myself to Uncle Tom. To Wimbledon also, returning along line. Saw Atlantic loco.Trevose Head. The new speech coil made yesterday is successful but a very close fit over the centre pole.
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24 February 2012

Wed 18 Feb 1942: holding balloon down

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Severe black frost; dull day fearful icy blast. To grocers in morning also to see the new balloon at the camp; was surprised to see two men only were able to hold it down on the ground; must be well streamlined. Made new speech coil but cannot tell if successful yet and am waiting a day for the varnish to dry. Letter from Uncle Tom. Replied and also wrote him a humourous poem.
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Tues 17 Feb 1942: no time to experiment

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Black, severe frost; dull day with a terribly fierce icy wind from the east. Dear Connie Bradley's birthday. Did the shopping in Raynes Park and was glad I did not have to go to Wimbledon in such dreadful weather. Met Mrs.Conrade in Approach Road where her hat promptly blew off and went careering down the road. Don't seem to have time to do any experimenting now.
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Mon 16 Feb 1942: new balloon attracts kids

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Hard frost, yielding only where the sun shone midday; cutting east wind. The new balloon up again. Went to investigate and found it was let up from a hand-winch on wheels standing on the footway right at this end of Martin Way much to the excited delight of a large crowd of children including John and Peter Child. Thence to Wimbledon with Chas Thomson for company; he wanted to order the sweep from Hatfields Crescent. Met Mrs.Conrade who told me Rose was very unwell & seeing a specialist tomorrow.
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Sun 15 Feb 1942

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Morning frost, cold, dull but calm day. Cousin Dennis married Rose Standish to-day. Violet Clark and Clifford Garey two lovely children who Mrs.Kingham is minding called for Ciss to take to Sunday School. Short walk in evening to see the new stream-line sharks tail barrage balloon at the anti-aircraft camp Met Russell and Eileen; Gladys is still very unwell.
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23 February 2012

Sat 14 Feb 1942: tinned rationing

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Severe frost lasting most of the day. Bright sunshine, clear air. I prepare the dinner midday on Saturdays. To Wimbledon along rail path in afternoon to buy sprats. Got a load of groceries including tinned food under the points rationing scheme. Took a table cloth to Cousin Dennis: he is marrying Rose Standish tomorrow.
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Fri 13 February 1942: new aerial into loft

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Black morning frost, bright clear day with quite a lot of sunshine; in sheltered places it was just possible to feel a little warmth in the sun. Did shopping locally including going to the butchers and the bakers. Thence to Wimbledon to buy a few more things including three sheets of picture text cards at Jenkins'. Took accumulator in afternoon. Fitted up new "Aerialite" aerial for use on radio-gram. I ran the wire up the well of the staircase through the trapdoor and into the loft. A very dirty job in the loft. It made an efficient aerial with a lot more volume without the need for so much reaction.
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Thur 12 February 1942

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Morning frost; slight fall of snow but soon melted as temperature rose to 43 degs.by the afternoon; a little fairer. Nothing to report but started making preparations for a further attempt at making a speech-coil for a moving-coil loud-speaker.
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Wed 11 Feb 1942

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Hard frost most of the day but brighter and no wind. Took order to grocers in morning also bought sausage meat at butchers. Being early closing stayed in rest of day.
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Tues 10 Feb 1942: queuing, rationing

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Rather cold but mild by comparison with recent temperatures. The snow has almost gone; dull day but little wind. To Post Office to buy stamps and Postal Order. Thence to Merton High Street but found a queue of almost 200 people outside the cats meat shop so decided not to wait. Bought haricot beans and lentils, now rationed also sprats.
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22 February 2012

Mon 9 February 1942: half-dark, dirty brown mist

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Six degrees of frost to begin the day but a few degrees above at night. Half-dark dirty brown misty day. To Wimbledon to buy rolled oats and rice. Bought lentils locally. Finished writing letter to Chas Staden.
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Sun 8 Feb 1942: greatest symphony

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Terrible frost, getting colder, probably 10 degrees below freezing at night certainly 6 degrees and that under cover. A little sun in afternoon which thawed where it fell and the warmth could be felt. A day of splendid music on wireless - Brahms 1st violin sonata, played by Albert Sammons and William Murdock and Beethoven's 4th Symphony; I sometimes think this is the greatest off all symphonies. My radio-gram seems to be getting better every day and the quality of reproduction is so fine that I should have thought it impossible to achieve such vivid realism at all. Heard a sermon by Rev J Clark Gibson* over wireless from Trinity Church, Penarth he was once minister at Cottenham Park. His voice was unmistakable.


*Later to become the secretary of the Churches' Committee on Gambling - including at the time of the UK introducing Premium Bonds (announced April 1956). He objected. 
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Sat 7 Feb 1942: snow all day, bitter

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Severe frost all day. Snowing all day; bitter east wind like an icy knife. the groceries locally thence to Wimbledon along the slippery rail path to Wimbledon to buy a few articles also cats food. The footways where the snow is trodden treacherous going and could keep my feet only with difficulty.
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Fri 6 Feb 1942: snow & brown fog

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Freezing all day, dismal, dirty brown mist. Snowing most of the day. Did the usual shopping including the week-end meat. Called on Aunt Liza.
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10 February 2012

Thur 5 Feb 1942: first liver for months

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Freezing; snowing all day; bitter, driving east wind. Shopping locally; got 6 ozs of calves liver the first liver obtainable for months. Thence to Wimbledon along rail path to buy a few things there. Letter from Rev.Chas. Staden. Tried to wind a speech coil for moving-coil speaker - failed, must try again.
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Wed 4 Feb 1942: cold comfort

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Took Groceries order to Eyles. Cold day, just above freezing and much snow has disappeared, sky leaden and dreadful north wind. Took letter and parcel to Mrs.Child. Met Alan Spooner.
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Tues 3 Feb 1942: 35min queue for cat meat

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Very cold morning, another 1 1/2ins of snow, but thaw and rain setting in during afternoon, dull. Shopping locally in morning thence to buy 2 lbs of cats meat in Merton High Street and had to wait 35 mins in a queue to be served. Saw Mrs. MacSheahey (?) in the queue and spoke to her.
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Mon 2 Feb 1942: cat meat shop shut

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Very cold, but not freezing till midday. Dull; the snow has thawed a little but very bad underfoot. Walked all the way to Merton High Street to buy cats meat but shop shut try again tomorrow.
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8 February 2012

Sun 1 Feb 1942: very cold, plenty of snow

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Very cold, snowing all night and nearly all day; four inches have fallen but a slight thaw has set in, but it is still very thick and expect it will freeze again in the night. No callers. Started writing a letter to Chas.Staden.
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Sat 31 Jan 1942: no cats meat till Monday

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Raw cold, piercing north wind, dull; freezing later. To greengrocers in morning. To grocers in afternoon. Then along rail path to Wimbledon to buy rolled oats, then along Merton Road to the cats meat shop but no meat till Monday. Home along Kingston Road. Met Fred & Alan Spooner and their uncle Mr.Woolgrove in Wimbledon.
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7 February 2012

Fri 30 Jan 1942: my only seaside holiday, in 1906

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The two 1906 Weymouth postcards are from Fred.
sent on the holiday he still remembered in 1942
Top (with reverse): Rothe Walk
 Below (with reverse): Weymouth Harbour   


"...only seaside holiday I have ever had
 and what a happy time! 
I don't expect I shall ever have another holiday again"
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Severe morning frost everything being thick white and the puddles frozen solid. Thawing in afternoon and a deluge of rain later and after peals of thunder. Did shopping locally in morning and thence to Wimbledon along rail path but was not able to buy much. Saw Drummond 4-4-0 loco. No.423 - my engine, it took me to Weymouth for a week in 1906 the only seaside holiday I have ever had and what a happy time! I don't expect I shall ever have another holiday again. To get accumulators in afternoon and to pay subscription for District Nurse to Mrs.Page 28 Sydney Road. Bought some sprats and found a baby octopus among them.

"Bought some sprats and found a baby octopus"
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5 February 2012

Thur 29 Jan 1942: cost of coal & coalite

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Sharp frost giving midday. Cold, dull, some rain. Posted letter also a parcel for Miss Hart the missionary. Thence to Wimbledon for shopping returning along rail path; saw Atlantic loco. Took in 3 cwt.coal and 3 cwt. coalite price £1.2.9.**
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**One pound, two shillings & ninepence

4 February 2012

Wed 28 Jan 1942: early closing

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Sharp frost but giving midday. Cold clear day with some wintry sun. Early closing so did all the shopping in the morning locally.
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Tues 27th Jan 1942: nine degrees of frost

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Severe frost, 9 degrees (Fahrenheit) below but rising throughout the day till 38 degrees were registered at night. Light fall of snow but changing to rain but a brilliant moonlight night. Did shopping locally and visited Aunt Liza.
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