Week 40 : 1st-7th October 1967

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Here’s something of what’s going on around the world this week:-

  • 1st October 1967 – Representatives of the world’s communist nations were invited to a celebration in Beijing to mark the anniversary of the 1949 communist government in China however China’s second-in-command, Lin Biao, gave an address that included, “rude anti-Soviet attacks and outbursts against the international communist government.” With that, the Soviet guests walked out joined by those from Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Mongolia and Poland.
  • 2nd October 1967 – England, Wales and Northern Ireland adopted a judicial procedure that was already in Scotland, allowing for jury verdicts by less than a unanimous decision. Thereafter, juries could decide a case by a 10-2 or an 11-1 margin.
  • 3rd October 1967 – Flying an X-15 experimental aircraft, U.S. Air Force Major William “Pete” Knight made the fastest flight of a powered aircraft, at a speed of Mach 6.72 (4,520 mph, 7,270 kmh). A speed record that remains unsurpassed.
  • 4th October 1967 – The cliché, “a bull in a china shop” was played out literally in the town of Chester, Pennsylvania when three steers escaped from a slaughterhouse and caused a considerable amount of damage to the china and other valuable items in a downtown jewelry store.
  • 7th October 1967 – Film actress Elizabeth Taylor escaped death by a matter of seconds while in Sardinia for the filming of the Universal Pictures release Boom!. Taylor had just stepped out of a trailer that served as her dressing room in the hills of the Porto Conte Natural Park, when the vehicle’s brakes and safety blocks failed, sending it plunging over a 150-foot high embankment into the Mediterranean.

And here’s what’s occupying our family:-

Sunday 1st October 1967
Children and I went to family service. Very large congregation. Have worked nearly all day – cleaning brass, washing, ironing etc. etc.

Monday 2nd October 1967
Went out to Leatherhead tonight to buy petrol and to try driving with lights – didn’t care overmuch for it but managed. Have also washed the car this evening but didn’t have time to polish it.

Tuesday 3rd October 1967
Wives’ Theatre trip 7:10pm
Quite enjoyed the Theatre. “Galsworthy, The Silver Box”. What a dirty night it was though – pouring, gale force winds – but I managed the drive home to everyone’s satisfaction.

Wednesday 4th October 1967
Very busy at the office. Mrs S and I haven’t had any time off this week and can’t see us being able to have any off!! Have been helping Gill with the stamps this evening.

Thursday 5th October 1967
Lovely morning – Cyril had to pick Ron up, so I took the children to school. Gave me a few minutes start at the office before the rush. Have been back this afternoon. Cyril has finished the plastering around the fireplace. Letter from Joan today – she says Tim is looking pale and tired. I do hope the boy is all right.

Friday 6th October 1967
Went to Esher at 8:20am and gave Ivy a lift. Then I went to the office. Was working until 4:15pm today and feel very tired tonight. The new bed and carpets arrived – we’ve struggled with the beds and Gill is now in her 4ft and Phil in Gill’s  3ft. We have decided to go to Andover on Saturday afternoon as we had a letter from Mur.

Saturday 7th October 1967
I was up early – ironing at 7am. Took children to dentist while Cyril went to Esher and ordered the paper etc. We then had our elevenses. I went to the village. Had a telephone call from Dave who had arrived home unexpectedly and we therefore cancelled our trip.


Week 38 : 17th-23rd September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week in 1967:-

  • 17th September 1967 – Jim Morrison of The Doors defied CBS in a live telecast of The Ed Sullivan Show, after initially agreeing to a request to alter the lyrics of their hit, Light My Fire. Morrison had been asked to change the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better”. Given that the word “better” did not rhyme with “You know that I would be a liar”, Morrison sang “higher” anyway. The Doors were banned from future Ed Sullivan shows.
  • 18th September 1967 – U.S. Defense Secretary McNamara announced in a speech to journalists in San Francisco that the United States would deploy a “Chinese-oriented” anti-ballistic missile system to protect against any threat posed by attacks from the People’s Republic of China. The first 22 pages of McNamara’s 25 page speech had been a policy statement that suggested that the U.S. would not deploy any ABMs, with the last three giving notice of the deployment, which led many to believe that McNamara was forced to change his speech.
  • 20th September 1967 – The Cunard Line cruise ship Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched onto Scotland’s Clyde River after being christened by the monarch for whom it was named. The name of the new 58,000 ton liner had been kept secret until the ceremony. For two minutes after shipyard workers knocked away the timbers that had been holding the ship in place, it failed to slide down the slipway as expected, but finally began its descent amid cheers from 30,000 spectators.
  • 22nd September 1967 – Dissident Soviet writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers after a tribunal was held by the Union’s secretariat, chaired by Konstantin Fedin. The expulsion brought an end to his ability to publish his work within the Soviet Union.
  • 22nd September 1967 – The cruise ship RMS Queen Mary departed from New York City for its 500th and last time, leaving the Cunard Line Pier with a ceremony marked by thousands of people cheering and waving, and a performance by the 55-man U.S. Merchant Marine Academy band. The noisy send off contrasted with the Mary’s routine departure from Southampton, England, on Sept. 16th, when only a couple of hundred sightseers lined the dockside and music was supplied through the ship’s loudspeaker system.
  • 23rd September 1967 – Voters in New Zealand overwhelmingly favored a measure to end the limits that had engendered the “Six o’clock swill”, where bar patrons drank heavily after leaving work because alcoholic beverages could not be legally sold after 6:00 in the evening. The limitation had been in place in New Zealand and Australia since the beginning of World War One as an emergency measure. A previous attempt at repeal in New Zealand had failed in 1949.

But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 17th September 1967
Feeling sore – throaty and full of cold today – have been on the bed all afternoon. Cyril seems to have a cold too. A bright pair! Philip seems better. Wrote to Mur.

Monday 18th September 1967
Cyril coughing well. My throat is much better. Philip back at school. He’s looking rather pale though. Had to go and buy petrol then went to Penny Nairne’s (too crowded) and then to the office for an hour. Straight to Cobham after school to get Philip’s hair cut.

Tuesday 19th September 1967
Cyril at Leeds.
Came home from work for ½ hour to take Cyril to the station. Blustery sort of day – have done some washing and ironing –  also 2 hours work on the month’s bills. May have a day off tomorrow.

Wednesday 20th September 1967
Hairdresser 9.30am
Have been quite a devil today! Had my hair done then did a few jobs in the office – then checked the car and went off to Frimley. Only had a couple of hours there so just saw Greenie, Celia and Ernest. Home by 3.25pm.

Thursday 21st September 1967
Worked till quarter past one – Cyril rang me at 1.40pm to pick him up at 2.20pm so I took Alma to badminton then picked Cyril up. I stayed till 3.45pm – picked children up, came home and did washing – but it rained.

Friday 22nd September 1967
Busy, busy day!
Worked all morning and was late leaving at lunch time. Just made it before Cyril came home with fish and chips for our lunch. I did the shopping in Leatherhead and we set off at 4pm – bad journey and we didn’t get to Longdon (Gloucestershire – near Tewkesbury) until 8.20pm. Children very tired.

Saturday 23rd September 1967
Have had a good day. Saw Ted – he came over to Longdon. Dad came for the day. Rob and I took the children to Tewkesbury – I drove back in his A40. Children out in the fields until after one. We enjoyed the fete – our roses won first prize! Joan came over and stayed until ten-ish. Cyril and I took Dad home, Maggie came too. Didn’t get back to Rob’s until nearly midnight.


Week 36 : 3rd September – 9th September 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • 3rd September 1967 – At 5:00 in the morning local time, all road traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left hand side of the road to driving on the right hand side. Beginning at 1:00 in the morning, all non-essential traffic was barred from the roads. At 4:50, all remaining vehicles were brought to a stop at checkpoints. Ten minutes later, police directed vehicles to move to the other side of the road.
  • 3rd September 1967 – Died: Mohammed bin Laden, 59, Saudi Arabian billionaire and father of future al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, was killed when the airplane he was in crashed during a landing.
  • 5th September 1967 – The British science fiction television series The Prisoner, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan, was broadcast for the first time, premiering in Canada. The show would not appear in the UK until late September.
  • 6th September 1967 – Walter E. Washington was appointed as the first African-American mayor of a major American city, as President Lyndon Johnson announced his nomination as Mayor-Commissioner of Washington, D.C.
  • 7th September 1967 – NASA launched Biosatellite 2 from Cape Kennedy, with a cargo of life forms to study the effects of weightlessness and gamma radiation on cellular development. NASA would successfully recover the craft two days later. The life forms on board included parasitic wasps, flour beetles, vinegar gnats, amoebae, frog eggs, wheat seedlings and bread mould.
  • 9th September 1967 – Greece’s Prime Minister Konstantinos Kollias and Turkey’s Prime Minister Süleyman Demirel began an unprecedented series of summit meetings, traveling to each other’s nations during the weekend to discuss their differences regarding the island republic of Cyprus. At the close of the summit, the two men issued a joint press release that declared that they, “expressed their belief that the long-term interests of both countries require the strengthening of the ties of friendship, good neighborliness, and cooperation between the two countries, within the spirit of cordiality created by the two great statesmen Atatürk and Venizelos, and by taking into consideration the fact that they belong to the same alliance.”

And here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 3rd September 1967
Poured all morning so it was an ‘In’ morning. Gillian and Philip made hard work of writing letters to Doris and Eileen. Didn’t do much in the afternoon either!

Monday 4th September 1967
Children feeling a bit blue about school tomorrow. I worked till 12:15pm then we had lunch and went to Epsom swimming. Took Janet with us and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Am wondering if Joan will ring tonight as Eileen was supposed to come tomorrow.

Tuesday 5th September 1967
Autumn Term commences.
Back to school today – neither of them very thrilled!! I went to work this afternoon then after school we went to Leatherhead – spent a fiver buying shoes for the two and another 25/- on petrol. Gale force winds all day.

Wednesday 6th September 1967
Bit brighter today and thank goodness Mrs Styles is back so she was able to get cracking on some of the pile up of work! Did a bit of washing when I got in – but it poured.

Thursday 7th September 1967
Not a very nice day – in fact it has turned so cold that Cyril has started a fire. Having a little car trouble in that my brake lights won’t go off. Hope it won’t be too difficult to rectify the fault.

Friday 8th September 1967
Cyril out to lunch.
Had a blow this morning. Car wouldn’t start so I had to walk to the office. Gillian was disgusted that she had to walk home from school. Lovely sunny day. Joan rang.

Saturday 9th September 1967
Bill P is going to do my car this afternoon if he can. Cyril did the shopping. Ivy and I took the children blackberry picking this afternoon – got enough to flavour the pie tomorrow (had some nice apples given to me at the office). Played Canasta.

Week 34 : 20th -26th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 20th August 1967 – Three men in a car strafed the U.S. Embassy in London with machine gun fire, shattering glass doors and windows, but causing no injuries because the attack was at 11:30 pm. A note, signed by a group calling itself the Revolutionary Solidarity Committee, contained the warning “Stop: Criminal murders by the American army. Solidarity with all people battling against Yankee fascism all over the world! Racism! Freedom for American Negroes!”
  • 21st August 1967 – Two U.S. jets were shot down after straying into Chinese airspace while attacking North Vietnam. A U.S. spokesman said that the two planes were part of a group from the carrier USS Constellation and conceded that they had inadvertently crossed into Chinese territory. Radio Peking announced that it had captured one of the men alive; Lt. Robert J. Flynn would remain in a Chinese prison camp until March 15, 1973.
  • 22nd August 1967 – Members of China’s Red Guards invaded the UK’s diplomatic compound in Beijing, setting fire to the chancery and beating Donald Hopson, the highest ranking British diplomat in China. The attack followed the closure of three leftist newspapers in Hong Kong. Because the attack had come despite a directive from Prime Minister Zhou Enlai forbidding violence against diplomatic establishments, Party Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the arrest of the instigators of the violence. Zhou apologised to the British government and the Chinese government rebuilt the offices that had been burned.
  • 23rd August 1967 – The Anglican Church of Canada relaxed its strict ban against the remarriage of its divorced members.
  • 24th August 1967 – At a meeting of the UN’s Committee on Disarmament, the United States and the Soviet Union submitted two separate but identically worded draft treaties that would form the basis for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
  • 25th August 1967 – Representatives of the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union signed an agreement to establish a hotline between the two nations.
  • 26th August 1967 – Tunisia’s President Habib Bourguiba broke with the leaders of other Arab nations and said that they should recognize the legitimacy of the nation of Israel. “It is a United Nations member and its existence is challenged only by the Arab states. In these circumstances, it is useless to continue ignoring this reality and claim to wipe Israel off the map. In so doing, one drives himself into near total isolation.”

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Oxshott:

Sunday 20th August 1967
A lovely day after yesterday’s rain and I’ve managed to dry and iron the washing. Took the children, Debbie and Janet to London Airport this afternoon to watch the planes coming in.

Monday 21st August 1967
A lovely, hot, sunny day and this afternoon I’ve been very daring and taken the children to Surbiton Lagoon! We all had a swim – Gillian enjoyed it most – it was terribly crowded. Cleaned car and did office work this evening.

Tuesday 22nd August 1967
Another hot and sunny day and the children have had the swimming pool out all afternoon. Have been doing some office work this evening. Gave the floors a polishing this afternoon – made myself very hot!

Wednesday 23rd August 1967
Very hot again – children have been in swimming suits all afternoon – getting another tan. Haven’t brought work home tonight – have been letter writing. Cyril put new hoses on the Anglia this evening.

Thursday 24th August 1967
Took the four children on the Heath and we spent a couple of strenuous hours making a fern house! Took me back a few years!! – and was I tired at the end of it. Had an urgent call to sign a cheque at the office as soon as we got in – so up I went – and collected more work!! No news from Joan. She said she would ring if she was coming for a day or two.

Friday 25th August 1967
Busy morning – getting last minute orders from Mr Murray – he goes on holiday tonight or tomorrow. We went to Esher and shopped. Then, very nobly, I took the children out on the Heath!

Saturday 26th August 1967
I went to Leatherhead on my own early to do the remainder of the shopping. Busy everywhere so I’m glad I did some yesterday. Did the washing afterwards, mowed front lawn in the afternoon and ironed! Missed our Canasta as Leonard is in Holland. Prepared for a day at Clymping tomorrow!



Week 33 : 13th -19th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 13th August 1967 – The legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac made its debut, appearing at the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Windsor, Berkshire, with Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Jeremy Spencer and (instead of John McVie), bassist Bob Brunning.
  • 14th August 1967 – All but one of the United Kingdom’s pirate radio stations played music for their final day, then signed off before the new Marine Broadcasting Offences Act went into effect at midnight. Only one station, Radio Caroline, would continue to broadcast the next day. 
  • 15th August 1967 – Twenty-seven people in India fell to their deaths when struck by a tree branch while riding on top of a passenger train as it passed through the city of Katiharin. The branch was from a banyan tree that was considered sacred by worshipers of the Hindu goddess Kali. For several weeks, nobody would trim the branch until finally, an enterprising resident named Siaram Jha defied the goddess of destruction and sawed it off.
  • 17th August 1967 – Demonstrators in Beijing forced their way into the Soviet Union embassy compound in China, smashed windows in the main building, destroyed furniture and set fire to files. A similar attack would take place on the British diplomatic quarters the following week.
  • 18th August 1967 – Israel opened its border crossing at the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River and began the first of 14 days during which repatriation would be allowed for the 167,500 Palestinian refugees who had applied to return to their homes in the West Bank. On the first day, only 355 displaced people, most of them women and children, or elderly residents, came across the border.
  • 19th August 1967 – NASA published the first extensive chart of the hidden side of the Moon ever to be compiled, in advance of the August 22 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague. Most of the features were unlabeled, but the map did use two names that had been proposed by the Soviet Union for features identified when the USSR took the far side’s first pictures in 1959.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to back in Oxshott:

Sunday 13th August 1967
Up early – ironing and seem to have been on the go ever since!! At least everything is washed and ironed and I’ve cleaned out the interior of the car. We put some of the pictures on for the children.

Monday 14th August 1967
It was ghastly going back to work and such a lot there. I’ve worked nine hours today and made very little impression on the pile. Took the children for a little ride round after tea.

Tuesday 15th August 1967
Another very busy day. I worked till 12:15pm and have been back this evening for two hours and the pile is still formidable. Been raining nearly all day.

Wednesday 16th August 1967
Another wet day – at least a fine morning but ghastly afternoon. I’m really quite worried about all the work which is piling up at the office.

Thursday 17th August 1967
Debbie and Janet to tea.
Worked very late tonight – at home. It was quarter to eleven before I packed up. Managed to do some washing and ironing this afternoon. Philip and I went over to Chessington for petrol – exhaust pipe broke and the driver’s door jammed on the Anglia.

Friday 18th August 1967
Drove half a car to work today! To my great surprise, Cyril came home at lunch time with spare parts and a half day – and he’s done both jobs! And there I thought I would have to wait for Bill Parker to come home. Went to work this afternoon.

Saturday 19th August 1967
Poured with rain all day long. Cyril did the Esher shopping – I washed then did local shopping. Went to work all afternoon and managed to do quite a lot. There is still plenty for Mrs Stiles next week. Played Canasta.



Week 32 : 6th -12th August 1967

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Here’s what’s happening around the world this week

  • 6th August 1967 – Graduate student Jocelyn Bell of the University of Cambridge radio telescope observatory became the first person to discover a pulsar. She found “a peculiar train of radio signals” that repeated every 1.33 seconds when the telescope was viewing a particular section of the sky.
  • 7th August 1967 – Lunar Orbiter 5, launched six days earlier by NASA, transmitted the most clear pictures up to that time of the far side of the Moon.
  • 9th August 1967 – British colonial authorities in Hong Kong closed down three pro-communist newspapers, the Tin Fung Daily News, the Hong Kong Evening News and the Afternoon News, halting publication pending the resolution of lawsuits, and arresting five of the journalists on charges of sedition and the spreading of false or inflammatory reports.
  • 9th August 1967 – Died – Joe Orton, 34, English playwright and film screenplay writer, was beaten to death at his Islington home by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • 9th August 1967 – ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)’ replaced the Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ as UK No. 1 single.
  • 10th August 1967 – Section 127 of the Constitution of Australia, which provided that “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted”, was repealed as the Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967 Act went into effect.
  • 11th August 1967 – William C. Foster, the chief American representative at the 18-nation nuclear disarmament conference in Geneva, announced at the White House that the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. had agreed in principle on the conditions of a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.
  • 12th August 1967 – The Prices and Incomes Act 1966, passed the previous year as a means of controlling inflation, went into effect in the United Kingdom, giving the British government the authority to delay increases in prices, surcharges, and salaries.

Here’s what Peggy and the family are up to in Cornwall:

Sunday 6th August 1967
We’ve had a lovely day at Tregarnon all day. Called at the farm we used to patronize two years ago and bought eggs which I boiled for lunch. We stayed there until 6:15pm Gillian enjoyed the swimming pool in the rocks.

Monday 7th August 1967
Went to Daymer and played cricket on the beach and had our lunch there. Very windy and dull so we left and went to Mevagissey where it was fine and warm. Leonard and Mary came back here to tea and we played Canasta.

Tuesday 8th August 1967
Wet morning, Children and we spent the morning doing jigsaws which they bought in the village. After lunch we went to Fowey where again it was fine and warm. Children had a river trip with Cyril at the helm. We had a lovely picnic at Carlyon Bay afterwards. Late home.

Wednesday 9th August 1967
Raining – a very wet morning the children played on the beach in anoraks and boots!! A good afternoon – Padstow – a trip on the boat to Coverack – then on to Trevone. Tea above the beach then the children swam and we played cricket till 8pm.

Thursday 10th August 1967
The hottest day we’ve had and we’ve all caught another layer of sunburn. Spent the whole day at Tristram – then on to Trevone where we played evening cricket. Home tomorrow.

Friday 11th August 1967
We left the caravan at noon as it wasn’t a good day. Had a very nice lunch at Tintagel – on to Boscastle. Left there at 3pm and made our way homewards via Dartmoor. Kids did a bit of exploring at Postbridge. No traffic problems. We were at Andover at 8:30pm, so stayed at Mur’s for an hour. Home 11:15pm All very tired.

Saturday 12th August 1967
Very busy washing etc. Line broke too! Had a drive round for an hour to break myself in again. Did a bit of ironing and then played Canasta.



Week 21 : 21st-27th May 1967

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Here’s what’s happening in the world this week in 1967:-

  • 21st May 1967 – In anticipation of war, Egypt called up its entire military reserve into service, while Palestinian commandos in the Gaza Strip announced that they were ready to attack Israel.
  • 22nd May 1967 – A fire at L’Innovation, the largest department store in Brussels, killed 322 people. The blaze started with simultaneous explosions at the third-floor restaurant and the children’s clothing section on the second floor, and was fed by exploding bottles of butane gas and cardboard displays throughout the 5-story building during its “American Week” sale. Belgian police found “anti-American pamphlets demanding a ‘clean out’ of the store” scattered in the street, however, suspicions of arson would never be verified.
  • 24th May 1967 – U.S. President Johnson convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the impending war in the Middle East, and whether Israel had atomic weapons. The memorandum of “Discussion of Middle East Crisis” was only partially declassified in 1983, with more in 1992  but three sections remain secret, including all the details of, “a brief discussion of possible presence of unconventional weapons”. Response to the President’s question “What do we do?” is still redacted, as well as his response to General Wheeler’s statement that, “we would have to decide whether we were going to send in forces and confront Nasser directly.”
  • 25th May 1967 – Celtic F.C., defending Scottish League champions, came from behind to become the first football club from northern Europe to win the European Cup, defeating Inter Milan, 2-1, in the final at Lisbon.
  • 26th May 1967 – The 12-team United Soccer Association played its very first game, with foreign teams competing under different names in American and Canadian cities. Play opened at Washington, D.C. as the Cleveland Stokers (Stoke City F.C. of England) visited the Washington Whips (Aberdeen F.C. of Scotland). Maurice Setters of the Stokers scored the first USA goal, and Cleveland defeated Washington, 2-1 before a crowd of 9,403.
  • 27th May 1967 – In a referendum in Australia, voters overwhelmingly (90.77%) approved the removal of two provisions in the Australian Constitution that allowed discrimination against the indigenous Aborigines. “Ever since,” an author would note later, “the 1967 referendum has popularly been memorialized as the moment when Aboriginal people gained equal rights with other Australians, even won the right to vote. In fact, the referendum did not achieve those outcomes.”
  • 27th May 1967 – The folk rock band Fairport Convention played their first gig, with a concert at St. Michael’s Hall in Golders Green, North London.
  • 27th May 1967 – Born: Paul Gascoigne, English footballer, in Dunston, Tyne and Wear
  • But here’s what’s going on in Oxshott:-

Sunday 21st May 1967
Beautiful day and a very impressive ceremony at Jonkerboss. Then an excellent lunch at Erica. Jacques took us out for a drive – about 80 miles up to the German border and then sightseeing in Nijmegen. Home 5:30pm.

Peggy(on the right in the hat) at Jonkerboss.

Ceremony at Jonkerboss. 21st May 1967

(Thank you to Eileen for the photos from Auntie Joan’s collection)

Monday 22nd May 1967
A poor day! To start with our coach was over an hour late. Then it rained all day. The long trip to Amsterdam hardly seemed worthwhile – a trip on the canals – in rain! Lunch, then home – 1¾hrs late! The evening social was very good.

Tuesday 23rd May 1967
Shopped in Nijmegen. To Erica for a very good lunch. Back to Jacques house and the shops!! We are loaded! Packed eventually and bade a tearful farewell to the de Rooijs at 8pm. Train left at 8:40pm, Hook about 10:30pm. Calmer crossing but we couldn’t sleep. Pouring at Harwich on arrival.

Wednesday 24th May 1967
Arrived Harwich about 7am. Left at 8:10am. Home 11:15am. Rang Cyril from Harwich. He wasn’t able to meet me so I came home to an empty house. After unpacking I had a couple of hours on the bed. Children gave me a hearty welcome. It’s good to be home, but I’m so tired!!

Thursday 25th May 1967
Back to work today. What a load of work there is!! I’ve been at it all day and this evening too. Very showery weather. I managed to cut the lawns before another downfall this evening.

Friday 26th May 1967
Another busy day at the office – trying to catch up and get straight. Cyril was home today – he has put in four boxes of plants and is suffering with his back. Have written to Jacques and Lie. Cyril and I went shopping at lunch time – shops crowded. Joan rang.

Saturday 27th May 1967
We went to London Airport at 8:45am to meet Ron F – plane delayed and we weren’t home until 12 noon. Have pottered since then. A quick trip to Surbiton to buy underlay for the landing carpet. Phyl home – she and Julian looking very well and very brown. Nasty wet day.