Week 3 : 17th January 1960 – 23rd January 1960

Here’s what was going on in the world this week in 1960

  • The Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan was signed at the White House by U.S. President Eisenhower and Japan’s Prime Minister Kishi. Unpopular in Japan, the treaty was ratified there in June, and Kishi resigned soon afterward.
  • The Soviet Union successfully test-fired the first ICBM, the R-7 Semyorka, demonstrating a range of at least 7,760 miles when it reached a target area in the Pacific Ocean. The explosion on impact was observed by the crew of a Qantas aircraft.
  • In the third worst mine disaster in history, 437 coal miners were killed at the Coalbrook North Colliery at Coalbrook, South Africa, when a three square kilometer section collapsed, filling the mine shaft with methane.
  • Undersea explorer Jacques Piccard and Navy Lt. Don Walsh descended in the U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste into the deepest depths of the ocean, reaching the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, a depth of more than seven miles.
  • Avianca Flight 671 from New York to Montego Bay, Jamaica, crashed and burned when its landing gear collapsed on touchdown, killing 37 of the 46 persons on board.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 17th January 1960
To Molly & Ted
It was a lovely morning for our drive to Watford & we all enjoyed it – no sickness this time – we reached North Approach about quarter to twelve & had a very nice day with Molly & Ted. Left at six thirty – home quarter to eight.

Monday 18th January 1960
Good washing day – & what a lot I’ve had! – missed doing my bits over the weekend. The children have both been very good – we went to the Green this afternoon & have at last bought the dog licence!!

Tuesday 19th January 1960
My birthday cards have started coming in – one from Mum today – It’s been a fine day – but very windy this afternoon. We’ve been up to the village – & rang Daddy! Gillian & Philip both slept well this morning enabling me to get my polishing done!

Wednesday 20th January 1960
I had two parcels today – one from Mrs Green with an apron, baby pwd. smarties &  two cigs – & one from Mum with an overall & hankies. Philip has put on 17 1/2ozs in the last two weeks. Its been a fine day but cold. Gillian & the infant have had a good deal of fresh air today.

Thursday 21st January 1960
Mine (birthday).
Nice surprise this morning – pr. of slippers from Cyril & a bowl with three hyacinths from Jill & Phil! 17! cards – scarf from Olive; talc from Renee so I’ve done very well for my 39th. I’m now in my 40th year! Ah well. Never mind age. A miserable wet day. We haven’t been out.

Friday 22nd January 1960
Didn’t go out again today – Gillian & I have been baking this afternoon – Phil slept out all morning. I don’t know why but I’m down in the dumps – and am just doing my chores automatically – no joy in anything. 

Saturday 23rd January 1960
I was going out to have a look at the shops this afternoon but its so wet I’ve had a bath instead. Cyril went shopping to L’head this morning & came back with two large plaice which I’m now going to cook for tea – an expensive tea – 3/7d!!! (22p) Philip is looking rather pale today but he’s quite happy. Both children slept well last night – it was quarter to seven before I went into Phil & Gillian hadn’t woken then.

Week 2 : 10th January 1960 – 16th January 1960

Here’s what was going on in the world this week in 1960

  • “The United States would defend the Nationalist Chinese islands of Quemoy and Matsu from aggression by Communist China”, said U.S. Secretary of the Army Wilber M. Brucker at a news conference in Taipei, marking a change in American policy. The U.S. treaty to defend the island of Taiwan from attack did not previously include the two islands in the Taiwan Strait. The issue of whether the United States should go to war with China over the two islands would become an issue in the 1960 presidential campaign.
  • Henry Lee Lucas, who would confess to more than 600 murders in 1985, then recant, took his first life, stabbing his 74-year-old mother, Viola, at her home in Tecumseh, Michigan. Sentenced to 40 years in prison, but released in 1970, Lucas then resumed killing, and was ultimately convicted of 11 homicides.
  • After seven years, a state of emergency in the British East African colony of Kenya, was lifted by the Governor, Sir Patrick Renison. Proclaimed in 1952 after terrorism by the black nationalist group, the Mau Mau, the emergency regulations set curfews, restricted travel, and required the licensing of printing presses.
  • The first discussions were held in the White House to discuss covert action to overthrow Cuba’s new revolutionary socialist government led by prime minister Fidel Castro. A special group, created by the National Security Council’s order #5412, approved “Operation Zapata”.
  • The day after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev asked the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to formally approve his proposal to reduce the Soviet armed forces by nearly one-third, the 1,300 members in both houses gave their unanimous assent. The reduction, from 3,623,000 men to 2,423,000 men, had been announced by Khrushchev the day before in a speech to the joint session, with a plan to shift defense expenditures to nuclear weapons and missiles. “Should any madman launch an attack on our state or on other socialist states,” Khrushchev said,”we would literally be able to wipe the country or countries that attack us off the face of the Earth.”

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 10th January 1960
Its been snowing again today – freezing – the ground is very hard. It was a feat not to get all muddied up when we went out this afternoon. Celia caught the 6.20 train home. 

Monday 11th January 1960
The snow has all disappeared – its been raining on & off today so I didn’t bother to put much washing out. Have dried & ironed it tonight – we didn’t go out at all. Letter from Joan 

Tuesday 12th January 1960
Blooming’ cold today – poor Philips hands looked frozen! We’ve been up to the village – Mrs Mott came in for a quarter of an hour when we got back. The water board people cut the water off at 4.30 for 2 houses – its still off – 8.15 & I haven’t washed up yet!!!

Wednesday 13th January 1960
Heavy snow fall – been falling most of the night I should think. Gillian went out in it this morning but only for a few minutes – she didn’t like it. I wonder if its going to clear up for our weekend? Cyril bought Celia’s 21st birthday present today – a very smart zip bag.

Thursday 14th January 1960
Ice & snow – & so cold! We haven’t been out again today. Jill & I had a shampoo this afternoon while Philip had a nap.
Phil has started waking in the early hours. Brrrh!  

Friday 15th January 1960
Rob (birthday)
A slow thaw set in today there has been a little sunshine – enough to dry the washing. Gillian ventured out again – but – was a bit slippey too!
Philip awake again this am – at 3o’clock.

Kingston Upon Thames circa 1960

Saturday 16th January 1960
We were so pleased that the thaw set in & we were able to have the car & take Phil to Kingston for a blood test & then we went out to Frimley. Arrived at Greens about 12.15 – it was very nice seeing them all again Celia liked her present.

Gillian & Phil have been good. Jill was a bit sick en route but no mess – went into the pot! We had tea with Olive, Frank & Valerie & got home at quarter to eight – good journey no trouble with the roads.

Week 1 : 1st January 1960 – 9th January 1960

Welcome to another year following Peggy’s life through her diaries. 

Here’s what was going on in the world this week in 1960

  • The Republic of Cameroon became independent with the lowering of the French tricolor, and the raising of a new tricolor (red, yellow and green) flag at Yaoundé. The former French Cameroons colony had been under a U.N. Trusteeship during a transition period, and Prime Minister Ahmadou Ahidjo headed the government pending the adoption of a constitution. Marxist Félix-Roland Moumié, who had previously been supported by the Soviet Union, continued to wage a campaign of terrorism against the Ahidjo government, and thirty people were killed on the Republic’s first day.
  • At the Senate Caucus room in Washington, U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts formally announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Addressing a question about whether being a Roman Catholic would affect his chances of winning, Senator Kennedy told “I would think that there is really only one issue involved in the whole question of a candidate’s religion, that is, does a candidate believe in the separation of church and state?”
  • The EFTA Treaty was signed in Stockholm by Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, to form the European Free Trade Association, a 7-member alternative to nations that could not, or did not want, to be in the six-nation European Economic Community.
  • At the Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, an emergency room intern, Dr. Henry Thomas, became the first person to save a life following CPR training. The technique of “closed chest compression” had been shown to Dr. Thomas and other physicians by developed by Dr. James Jude, but had only been attempted before during surgery. The patient, 45-year-old Eugene Barnes, had collapsed while removing his shirt for an examination. Dr. Thomas applied cardiopulmonary resuscitation and kept Barnes alive during a 22-minute wait for a defibrillator, and Barnes went on to make a full recovery.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Friday 1st January 1960
Wet start to the New Year but it cleared up this afternoon & I was able to take the children out. Its nice to have a new diary to start again!    

A still from the BBC’s 1960s Sci-Fi, ‘Quatermass and The Pit’

Saturday 2nd January 1960
I’ve been to Esher this morning – filthy day – raining & cold & our roads are a disgrace! This afternoon  I’ve been struggling with my accounts!!!
Gillian will be upset tomorrow – we’ve taken down the Christmas decorations tonight & stacked them away for another 12 months! We’ve also been watching a horrible play on T.V. Quatermass & the pit. – Ghastly! 

Sunday 3rd January 1960
Not a bad day so we got a move on & went for a walk this afternoon – took Sue as well! I’ve written a few more letters this evening – hope to get them all finished before this week is out. 

Monday 4th January 1960
Very dull & damp day – I didn’t bother to put any washing out. Jill is very tired & irritable today even though she has had a rest. We’ve been up to the village this afternoon. Jill was so tired tonight she didn’t even want a bath – so she went down without one.

Tuesday 5th January 1960
Busy Brass day today! Philip hasn’t looked well this afternoon or perhaps its me watching him too closely!! Cyril went to the dentist to see why his teeth were still hurting – he went home early after having ’em filed down a bit.

Wednesday 6th January 1960
Young Phil has excelled himself this week – he’s put on 10 1/2 ozs!! Doctor Little saw him and has prescribed some tablets – Vit C to go in his feed to try & clear up his dry skin. Gillian has been a bit irritable this afternoon.

Thursday 7th January 1960
A miserable foggy day so we haven’t been out all day. Gillian is still a cross patch – must give her the benefit of the doubt & put it down to teeth!! Letter from Celia saying she is coming on Saturday – also one from Jacq saying they have sent us a parcel! 

Friday 8th January 1960
Still a bit foggy – we’ve been out though as I had to get the prescription – also bought Gillian a pair of pyjamas while I was waiting for the prescription. Thought Cyril was in for a rise having heard something on the radio – but he says its not his branch.

Saturday 9th January 1960
It snowed today – quite heavily. I’ve been to Leatherhead this morning while Cyril coped with the two this afternoon I walked Gillian down the road to meet Celia who arrived at 3.15. Its very cold this evening – Philip & Jill went to bed quite well – altho’ I thought Gillian was going to play up!

Week 51 & 52: 20th December 1959 – 31st December 1959


We’re wrapping-up Peggy’s 1959 with two weeks for the price of one. 

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • On the last day of his overseas goodwill tour, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in conjunction with King Mohammed V of Morocco, announced that U.S. forces would be issued a statement that all American forces would be withdrawn from the North African nation by the end of 1963. At the time, there were 10,000 American servicemen in Morocco.
  • Newly appointed as a Roman Catholic Bishop, Karol Wojtyla defied authorities in Poland by celebrating a midnight Mass in an open field in Nowa Huta, the first Polish city to be constructed without a church. Wojtyla continued to celebrate the annual Mass until he became Pope John Paul II.
  • On a day marked as the birth of nanotechnology, Professor Richard Feynman presented a lecture at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society at Caltech, entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, posing the famous question, “Why cannot we write the entire 24 volumes of the Encyclopædia Britannica on the head of a pin?”.
  • In New Jersey, U.S., 69-year-old Matthew Jaksch was robbed by two men as he was going to the bank. Taken in the robbery were two alleged relics from the Crucifixion which had been given to Jaksch’s Austrian ancestors by Pope Benedict XIV: a piece of a thorn from the Crown of Thorns and a splinter from the Cross.
  • In Seoul, South Korea, General Carter B. Magruder, Commander of the United Nations Forces, warned that “North Korean forces have large caliber artillery for which atomic warheads might be provided.” General Magruder did not elaborate further on the North Korean, “atomic cannon”.
  • The final UK No. 1 single of the year was Emile Ford and The Checkmates’, ‘What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For’.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 20th December 1959
Gillian was quite over-awed when she came down & found the tree all lit up this morning! It was a filthy morning – raining & very windy. However it cleared up & I’ve dried some washing out of doors. Washed Jill’s hair & have made Dad’s cake.  

Monday 21st December 1959
Been a nice day so we’ve been out – had to have help over the mud patch though. The mail is very delayed – & late arriving. Cyril is going to his mother’s tonight so he’ll be late home.

Tuesday 22nd December 1959
A filthy day – we haven’t been able to go out. Gillian gets very excited when the postman comes & wants to open everything. Philip has been a bit sick this afternoon & very miserable – I tend to worry when he’s like this. 

Wednesday 23rd December 1959
Cyril off.
I was glad Cyril was home today as I’ve had such a lot of work! Poor Cyril had such a heavy load to bring home – turkey – 13lbs; Bacon 4 1/2; Pork 4 1/2!!! plus little extras! We went to the clinic – such good news – Philip has put on 16ozs in two weeks!!

Thursday 24th December 1959
Dad comes.
A lovely day – I should think the first Xmas Eve I haven’t been near the shops! Cyril went to Leatherhead. Jill & I went to meet Dad & had a walk over the heath Tonight we’ve done a lot of
hard work preparing for tomorrow.

Friday 25th December 1959
We’ve had a very nice Christmas Day. Gillian was so thrilled with all the gifts. Both children have been very good. Our turkey is delicious – we’re soon going to sit down to our supper! I’ve had lovely presents – bath-room scales – ??elling clock & all sorts.

Saturday 26th December 1959
A funny sort of Saturday! It was nice not having so much cooking to do. We’ve had a pretty lazy sort of day – Gillian has been full of beans & Philip very good. We played cards this evening. I haven’t written any letters yet!

Sunday 27th December 1959
Muriel (birthday)
Children very good again – nearly all over now – the holiday has flown by. We were hoping to be able to take the children out but its so cold & damp I’ve been writing a few letters instead.

Monday 28th December 1959
Pretty well back to normal today Cyril has gone to the office but expects to have a slack day & at home early. Father left at 350 – feeling sorry for himself with a cold in the head – I think he has passed it on to me!!

Tuesday 29th December 1959
Another horrible wet day – so we’ve had to stay in all day. I’ve been trying to get order out of chaos & have polished all the downstairs furniture & floors – some task! Two more cards today – from Holland.

Wednesday 30th December 1959
A lovely day. I’ve done a whole lot of washing & ironed it tonight. Such a tragedy – I could cry – we must have lost Golly (Gill’s toy?) when we were out this afternoon! I hope we get him back. Letters from Joan & Mum. Phil has gained 3ozs

Thursday 31st December 1959
We’ve been out this morning & found ‘Golly’ – sitting in the paper shop window with an “I’m Lost” ticket!! We were both delighted to find him. Another year – of happiness & some sadness has gone. What will 1960 hold for us!



Week 50: 13th December 1959 – 20th December 1959

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The Archbishop Makarios III was elected the first President of Cyprus, with 67 percent of the votes of the Greek Cypriot community.
  • Test pilot Joe Jordan became the first human being to reach an altitude of more than 100,000 feet, flying an F-104 Starfighter to an altitude of 103,395 feet (31,515 m).
  • The Heritage Range, southern portion of the Ellsworth Mountains in Antarctica, was seen by humankind for the first time, on a reconnaissance flight originating from Byrd Station.
  • Major Joseph W. Rogers became the first person to travel faster than 2,400 kph (1,500 mph), breaking the previous speed record, in an F-106 Delta Dart jet fighter.
  • The Supreme Court of Japan reversed lower court ruling in the Sunakawa case, and held that the presence of United States forces in Japan did not violate that nation’s Constitution.
  • Abd al-Karim Qasim, Iraq’s leader, declared that the Khūzestān Province of Iran “was part of Iraqi territory”. Tensions over the disputed territory finally triggered the Iran–Iraq War, which lasted from 1980 to 1988.
  • The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589) was launched from Groton, Connecticut. Elizabeth Morrison, whose father had died in the 1944 loss, with all hands, of the previous submarine USS Scorpion (SS-278), christened the sub. The new USS Scorpion was lost with all hands on May 22, 1968.
  • Filming began for the infamous “shower scene” from Psycho and continued for five days.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 13th December 1959
Another miserable damp day – we’ve all stayed indoors all day – except Philip – he had a bit of air this morning. I’ve put the first layer of icing on the cakes.

Monday 14th December 1959
Another wet & miserable day – and its so dirty outside now the roads are being made up. We haven’t been out so I’ve been able to do the ironing & shall probably finish icing the cakes tonight. Letter from Muriel. FINISHED ICING. 

Tuesday 15th December 1959
Letters from Joan & Dodo – sad news from the latter who tells me Bobo’s youngest boy 4 months younger than Jill is very ill with a brain disease & has been for several months. Cleared up this pm – so we’ve been to the village – what a rush it is though.

Wednesday 16th December 1959
Hosp. 10.45
Gillian at Mott.
Another long wait at the hospital – I was glad the Health Visitor took me in. I was very extravagant & had a taxi all the way home! Philip is going on quite nicely – I have to take him in a month’s time. Pleasant surprise this afternoon – Phyllis Richardson turned up.

Thursday 17th December 1959
I’ve had three to cope with today – looked after Gillian while Mrs M went shopping. It cleared up a bit this afternoon – enough to enable us to go to the paper shop. Christmas parcels all posted & cards are beginning to come in.   

Friday 18th December 1959
I don’t think I could get out today even if it was vitally important – not with the pram. They have been bull dozing or something just outside leaving deep ridges of mud. The children have been very good so I’ve baked this afternoon – made a successful Swiss Roll.

Saturday 19th December 1959
I went  to Esher on the 10.5 this morning – did all the shopping  & tried to buy a dress. No luck though. I had a good time & caught the 12.21 home – the longest shopping session I’ve had. Children had been very good – Phil still sleeping when I got home. We’ve been decorating this afternoon. I fetched a tree from the “Keeper” on the Heath. Gillian very excited.


Week 49: 6th December 1959 – 12th December 1959

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • Nikita Khrushchev sent a secret memo to the Soviet Politburo, outlining his proposal for a change in Soviet defense strategy, with an emphasis on building the nation’s nuclear arsenal as a deterrent against invasion. The Politburo approved the proposal on December 14, followed by the CPSU Central Committee on December 26. The strategy was made public on January 14.
  • U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower continued his foreign trip, being greeted by more than a million people in New Delhi before meeting the King of Afghanistan in Kabul. No American President visited Afghanistan again until 2006.
  • U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Allen Dulles received a top secret memo from J.C. King, Director of the agency’s Western Hemisphere Division, recommending that “thorough consideration be given the elimination of Fidel Castro”. The first of many CIA-sponsored assassination attempts, none of them successful, took place the next July.
  • The first elections in Nigeria took place in advance of the West African nation’s independence from Britain. Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960.
  • UNCOPUOS, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, was established.
  • The test launch of an unmanned Titan rocket from Cape Canaveral failed four seconds after ignition, with the rocket collapsing on the launch pad and exploding. Nobody was injured, but the film clip of the launch remains a feature in documentaries about the American space program.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 6th December 1959
A dirty day – so we’ve stayed in all day – Gillian has enjoyed playing with Daddy! I’ve made Mum’s christmas cake – & a Dundee for us! Haven’t had the writing message (?) only one to Mother in Law!

Monday 7th December 1959
Jacq T. (birthday)
It hasn’t stopped raining all day. I was glad I had put the washing round the fire overnight – have been able to iron this afternoon while Gillian amused herself & Phil had a nap. Written some more cards tonight. 

Tuesday 8th December 1959
Eileen S (birthday)
Cyril Dentist.
No letter from Joan yet this week – I’m beginning to think mine to her has gone astray. Cyril says he can’t remember posting it. We’ve had Gillian  M. in with us today while Mrs M. went shopping.

Wednesday 9th December 1959
Lovely day today – we went to the clinic this morning and up to the village – didn’t get home until twelve o’clock & I’ve done a big wash since then & ironed some of it. The children have been very good. Letter from Joan.

Thursday 10th December 1959
A filthy day. I tried to persuade Cyril to stay at home as he wasn’t feeling so good – but he wouldn’t. We’ve been confined to barracks on account of the weather. No letters today – have increased the amount of Philip feeds – to try ‘put a bit of fat on him.’    

Friday 11th December 1959
A miserable sort of day – but not raining like it was yesterday which is a good thing as I had to take the children with me to the dentist. Didn’t have anything drastic done – only a clean and polish up. Gillian is amusing herself this afternoon ironing (?) out her toy box! Washed my hair.

Saturday 12th December 1959
Shopping again? Cyril went to Esher as we needed more money! – when he got back I caught the 11.30 to Leatherhead & did some more shopping. I only had an hour there but I managed to do quite a lot. It’s been a damp & miserable day again. I’m going to get into my night attire now & then wrap parcels!


Week 48: 29th November 1959 – 5th December 1959

Here’s what’s going on in the world this week in 1959

  • The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., preached his final sermon as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, resigning to devote more time to the civil rights movement.
  • The Antarctic Treaty was signed by all 12 nations that had stations in Antarctica. It came into force on June 23, 1961. Article I provides that “Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only.”
  • The collapse of a dam at Malpasset released the waters of the Reyran River and killed 433 people in the French city of Fréjus. 48 million cubic metres of water were released twelve kilometres from Fréjus.
  • U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower departed the United States for a “mission of peace and goodwill” that would last nearly three weeks, take him 35,000km (22,000 miles) and bring him to eleven nations on three continents. The American president visited Italy, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Greece, Tunisia, France, Spain and Morocco.
  • “Sam”, a rhesus monkey, was launched toward space from Wallops Island, Virginia on a suborbital flight to test an emergency escape mechanism. At 19 miles (31 km) altitude, the capsule was jettisoned and climbed further to reach 53 miles (85 km), then returned to Earth. The capsule was recovered by the USS Borie with Sam in good health.

And here’s what was keeping Peggy busy:

Sunday 29th November 1959
It’s been a filthy day – I’ve only been as far as the dustbin! I’m very pleased with the Christmas cake! Have shampooed Gillian’s hair this afternoon – Philip is having a bit of fuss on Cyril’s lap!

Monday 30th November 1959
It’s been fine today but very cold. I managed to finish cleaning the paintwork in the kitchen & cleaned the downstairs windows inside. The children have been very good – there is such a difference in Philip now. Letters from Joan & Doris.

Tuesday 1st December 1959
Thick fog all day today. I was glad Mrs Mott came round before she went to the village – she collected the meat for me. I wouldn’t have been able to take the children out in this. I wonder how Cyril will fare getting home – he has a dental appointment at 4.45.

Wednesday 2nd December 1959
Fog had dispersed this morning so we were able to go out this pm. Philip has gained 2 1/2ozs this week – I’m going to increase his food – Dr. Lyttle has prescribed some tablets to dry up my supply so I shall completely feed Phil by bottle & solids – see how he does then.

Thursday 3rd December 1959
Both children slept all night last night. Gillian was first to waken at 515. Nice morning & I was able to put the washing out. However it soon clouded over & has poured all afternoon. We got very wet going to the village.   

Friday 4th December 1959
I’ve started taking the pills to dry up the milk supply & I’ve felt rotten all day. It’s awfully cold & I’ve done a pile of washing. This afternoon we went to the village – I’m going to bed early tonight.

Saturday 5th December 1959
Cyril’s been to Leatherhead for the normal shopping & I’ve been to Kingston this afternoon. It was terrible – so crowded one could hardly move on the pavement. Still – I did a bit of Xmas shopping – spent nearly £3 any way!!
I was back by 5.10 – in time to get the little one’s feed. Cyril had managed very well & had a cup of tea ready! My “top” is still very uncomfortable. I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t mentioned it to the Doc!!