Monday 13th December 1965
Had an excellent lunch out with the ladies and Mr Murray at the Steak House in Esher, which meant I wasn’t home to do any ironing or any anything! Consequently, I have been ironing this evening and doing a bit of homework.
Tuesday 14th December 1965
Philip’s school party 2:45-4:15
School closed this afternoon.
Philip enjoyed his party. Poor Cyril has a bad back tonight after trailing around town this morning buying my presents!! We did a great deal of shopping in Pricerite this afternoon while Phil was at his party. Collected the tree on the way home.
Wednesday 15th December 1965
Gillian’s school party 3:00-4:45
Worked until twelve. Cyril not very fit – he has had to go to town today too – and afterwards to Hog Robs cocktail party. It’s nearly 10:30 and he’s not in yet. Phyl brought her cake in this evening and we’ve both had an icing session!
(Hogg Robinson’s – Corporate travel and shipping agency with whom Cyril would have worked.)
Thursday 16th December 1965
Very tired today as Cyril didn’t come in until 12:15am and I waited up for him.
Went back to work for an hour this afternoon to try and get some of the bills paid – we have the auditors in – so goodness knows what tomorrow will bring forth. I’ve just been stamping the Christmas cards – Gillian was going to do them, but she cried off!!!
Friday 17th December 1965
Caught the 1 o’clock bus to Esher and did the weekend shopping – there wasn’t a great deal to do and I could have been home very quickly had there been a bus! As it was, it was nearly 3:00 when I got in – and I’d had no breakfast or lunch!
Saturday 18th December 1965
To Doris and Will.
Joan surprised me on the phone by saying she thought Dad was coming to us for Christmas! Too bad of him not to let us know! Did well in the post today – 3 parcels! – from Joan, Molly and the Greens!
We were late leaving for Welling, as Cyril had to have the screen wipers repaired. However it gave me time to do the washing! Left here 11:15, arrived 12:50. Not too bad. Filthy weather, but we’ve had a very nice day. Came back via West End to see the lights. Home 9:30pm.
Sunday 19th December 1965
Cor – Our Dad! Joan rang this evening to say would Cyril meet Pa on Christmas Eve at Reading!!!! I’ve since rung back and said Thursday evening would be more convenient. We’ve had a hectic day – decorating the tree etc. etc. etc. etc.
Teatime with Doris and Will was a grand affair. This photo was from 1962 I think, but shows how seriously tea was taken back then (yes, that is Phil with a bow tie!). All the cakes and tarts were homemade, as were the jellies and jams. I seem to remember that at Christmas there would be a giblet pie as well and games to play that Uncle Will had made himself. I recall a ‘fishing’ game with little rods and wooden fish with magnets. Another favourite was one with little candles attached to a length of wood, maybe a yard long, the idea being to see how many candles could be lit with one match! At the end of the day, Father always drove us home through the West End of London to see the Christmas lights and Phil and I would amuse ourselves by counting the number of Christmas trees we could see in houses on our respective sides of the road!