Week 3: 11th-17th January 1965

Monday 11th January 1965
Well – I thought we were in for a wet washday but it cleared up and except for the sheets all was dry and ironed before I met the children from school. Keep Fit tonight.

Tuesday 12th January 1965
Went to Esher this morning but was able to catch the 10:20 bus home – and have a clean up before meeting the children. Cyril out to lunch. Ivy and Helen came up after school.

Wednesday 13th January 1965
A filthy afternoon! I looked after Julian from one o’clock until five while Phyl went to hospital. It was pouring when I went to meet the children.

Thursday 14th January 1965
I’ve had a very nice day – Cyril had to go to town so I went with him and had a lovely morning shop fuddling in Kensington High Street. Bought myself two nighties and Cyril three ties in the sales! We left London at ten to one – Oxshott 1:25. Good!

(Note: The term ‘fuddling’ seems to refer to wandering round shops with no specific purpose. Not a word in common daily use, but it does crop up in the diaries occasionally.)

Friday 15th January 1965
(Diary note: Rob’s Birthday)
Philip complained of tummy ache again this morning but went off to school allright – I did the shopping in Esher – carried home 27½lbs of shopping!!! My aching arms. Cyril had an unexpected half day and cleaned the car!! I’ve been baking – Phil went very white after tea – complained of headache over left eye and went to bed – he has been very sick.

Saturday 16th January 1965
(Diary note: Molly and Ted today)
Molly and Ted arrived about noon and we had our lunch “the full treatment” as I told Ted at 12:30. Weather bad – but we all enjoyed ourselves. They left at 8:20 Phil very pale today but otherwise quite well.
Mary and Leonard came in about nine and stayed playing Canasta until quarter to one a.m!
Gale force winds in the night.

Sunday 17th January 1965
(Diary note: To Greens for tea)
Sir Winston Churchill is dying and the world will be a poorer place for his going. A fine old man.
Gale force winds blowing when we left for Greens at 2 p.m. – had a very nice time. Home at 7 p.m.


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