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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
October 1945
31st Lovely warm sunny day 58 degrees. Mother had best shelter out on long path and sat there for 1 hour from 1.30 - 2.45.
30th Lovely sunny warm day 58 degrees. Mother sat on long path in shelter for an hour.
29th Rain early then fine. Mild. Mother went down garden for 20 mins. Ted came to Youth Club.
28th Dull but fine. Mother came down garden. Heard broadcast from St. Nicolas. (St. Nicholas Parish Church in ?).
27th Had holiday today. First of Saturdays off. Quite a nice day, best this week. Wind dropped. Sunny. Mother went outside front door before dinner and down back garden twice in afternoon. Sat on long path for hour second time. Wished we had put shelter up for her. Picked dad's red Chrysanths. Took some yellow ones round to Chapel in afternoon. Had intended going to Clacton for day but decided not to in end. Cut last marrow.
26th Strong winds again but no rain today.
25th Heavy gales continuing. Shipping held up. Mines being washed up on South Coast.
24th Dreadful gales. Child killed by tree at Braintree. Had bad pain all day. Hastings flooded by sea.
23rd Heavy showers and windy 63 degrees. Picked some lovely yellow Chrysanths.
22nd Bright intervals 62 degrees. Mother went down garden for 10 minutes. Dad set out wallflowers.
21st Great disappointment, dull rainy day. Could not sit out. Break of drought. Expect all sitting out is over for this year. Warm and close 64 degrees. Picked lovely bunch of yellow Chrysanths.
20th Lovely and sunny early but then clouded over. I had intended coming home on 12.45 Moores bus but changed my mind and came home on usual one. Found dinner done and getting cold and got into trouble. Nice warm afternoon 63 degrees but dull. Sat out on lawn in shelter with mother for an hour until 4.10 Still very dry. Had to water Chrysanths. Lovely evening, went and paid a visit to the fair. Washed my hair.
19th Glorious sunny warm day. Mother sat out on lawn 1.45 - 3.45. Went down garden before dinner too. Had letter from Mr. Pertwee congratulating me on being made Chief Clerk.
18th Cooler 58 degrees and mainly cloudy with a little drizzle but lovely early, went down garden before going to office. Can't get rid of indigestion.



The wartime diary of
Alwyne Garling
93 London Road
Lexden
Colchester


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