Week 43 : 22nd-28th October 1967

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

  • 23rd October 1967 – Charles de Gaulle became the first French Co-Prince of Andorra to visit his Andorran subjects. In addition to being President of France, de Gaulle was joint ruler (along with Spain’s Bishop of Urgel) of the tiny nation located in the mountains between France and Spain, pursuant to the 1278 agreement creating the nation.
  • 24th October 1967 – Israel retaliated against Egypt for the sinking of the INS Eilat by destroying two major oil refineries that handled 80 percent of Egypt’s capability for refining and storing petroleum.
  • 25th October 1967 – In Arcadia, Florida, all seven children of migrant farm worker James Joseph Richardson were fatally poisoned after eating a lunch that he had prepared for them before leaving for work. Richardson would spend 22 years in prison but would be exonerated after evidence was discovered that the children had been poisoned by their babysitter.
  • 26th October 1967 – U.S. Navy pilot John McCain was shot down over North Vietnam and taken prisoner. McCain had taken off from the USS Oriskany when his plane was struck by an anti-aircraft missile. He ejected and broke both arms and his right leg in the process. Local citizens saved him from drowning although some began to beat him before one intervened. McCain would be a prisoner of war for more than five years, turning down a chance at being set free early, before finally being released in 1973. He would later be elected a U.S. Senator and the Republican candidate for President in 2008.
  • 27th October 1967 – The Abortion Act 1967 was given royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, to take effect on April 27, 1968. The new law would replace an 1801 act that allowed abortions only if the mother’s life or her physical health were “gravely endangered”. Under the new law, abortions would also be allowed if there was a risk that the child would be born with, “physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped”; if the mother’s mental health might be injured; or if, “any of her existing children might be injured mentally or physically”. For the first time, abortions would be available without cost under on the National Health System.

But all the excitement is back in Oxshott, where Gill celebrates her 10th birthday! (Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear me, Happy Birthday to me!)

Sunday 22nd October 1967 
Gillian’s 10th birthday.
A lovely day. I went to 10 o’clock service. Cyril has been slogging away at Philip’s room. I’ve been busy too – Gillian had Helen, Debbie and Janet to tea which meant some extra work.

Monday 23rd October 1967
Cyril got on with Philip’s room today. I worked till 12 then from 2 till 4 and I hope that’s it for this week. It’s been a lovely day. Mur rang this evening. I think she is relieved that we’re not going.

Tuesday 24th October 1967
Have enjoyed my day off! Cyril was up very early – at 6am and he was decorating by 9am. Philip’s room is papered and painted now. We shall put his carpet down tomorrow. Gill and I went to Kingston this afternoon – my first venture into Kingston by car – and my first multi-storey car park! We tried, unsuccessfully, to buy Gill a dress.

Wednesday 25th October 1967
Didn’t go out much today – only to the village. Busy washing paintwork down in Gill’s room. Joan rang.

Thursday 26th October 1967
Went to Esher this morning – the second lot of wallpaper not in yet! Children (and me) found Esher Library and so we were some time in there choosing books. Played badminton this afternoon.

Friday 27th October 1967
I was all set to do a lot of housework this morning – but Phyl asked me to take her to the Doctor’s and that took over an hour. Since then I’ve been on the go – had to dash into Esher for paint etc. – the paper still hasn’t arrived.

Saturday 28th October 1967
The wallpaper didn’t come so there was no need for me to go to Esher. Wet day again so I wasn’t sorry. Cyril has finally decided he won’t be able to finish this weekend – even if we had the paper!!! Baked cakes this afternoon. Gill went to Ashstead with the Leyshons and then stayed to tea. Played canasta.


Week 42 : 15th-21st October 1967

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

  • 15th October 1967 – Twenty party-goers in the Philippines were killed, and another 40 injured, when the bus they were on fell off of a bridge into the Nyyt River.
  • 16th October 1967 – Forty two people on a sightseeing tour of Buddhist temples in South Korea were killed when their bus plummeted off of a 40-foot cliff near Gimcheon.
  • 16th October 1967 – Born: Davina McCall, English television presenter, in Wimbledon, UK.
  • 17th October 1967 – The “rock musical”, Hair, premiered at the the Astor Library theatre in New York City. Featuring a, “multiracial cast of hippies”, and attracting attention with full-frontal nudity to close one scene, Hair became the first Off-Broadway musical to transfer successfully to Broadway.
  • 17th October 1967 – In the Battle of Ong Thanh, sixty-four soldiers in the U.S. Army’s 28th Infantry Regiment were killed and 75 wounded in an ambush by the Viet Cong.
  • 18th October 1967 – Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally supervised by Disney himself, was released.
  • 19th October 1967 – The American Mariner 5 probe made a fly-by of Venus, coming within 2,480 miles (3,990 km) of the planet’s surface. The data from the Soviet Union’s Venera 4, which had landed on Venus the day before, and Mariner 5, would be analysed by a combined team of Soviet and American scientists in the year that followed.
  • 19th October 1967 – The 1,700m long Tyne Tunnel was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II and opened to traffic.The tunnel runs between Jarrow and Howdon in northeast England.
  • 21st October 1967 – Forty-seven of the 190 men on board the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat were killed after the ship was struck by Egyptian missiles and sank. There were 143 survivors, 91 one of whom were wounded. The dead included the Eilat captain, Yitzhak Shoshan. Israel would retaliate three days later by shelling Egyptian refineries along the Suez Canal.
  • 21st October 1967 – Died: Ejnar Hertzsprung, 94, Danish astronomer who developed the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram for stellar magnitudes and determined the distance of Cepheid variable stars.

But here’s what’s keeping Peggy busy:-

Sunday 15th October 1967
Did a load of washing while the children were at Sunday School. Gillian went out chestnut hunting with the Leyshons. Philip and I went on a short ride round.

Monday 16th October 1967
Another filthy, disgusting day! It looks so miserable everywhere – wet leaves all over the place. Ivy came up to see if I was going to Keep Fit. But I’m not!! Vicar called this afternoon.

Tuesday 17th October 1967
Terrible gale force winds overnight and this morning. Cleared up during the afternoon though. Am going to Wives Club tonight.

Wednesday 18th October 1967
A beautiful day after a cold and frosty morning. Cyril was in town for lunch so I didn’t come home until after school.

Thursday 19th October 1967
Stormy again today. I went to work early, left here just after 8:30am. Had the afternoon off but went up to collect the bills to do at home.

Friday 20th October 1967
Last day mid Autumn Term.
Worked all day and have been to the launderette this evening. Quite an expensive do – but all is done and ironed now. Joan rang this evening.

Saturday 21st October 1967
Was in Esher early and have been tootling too and forth ever since! Took the children to Cobham first to spend Gill’s birthday pound from the Aunts. We eventually succeeded in doing that in Cobham. Terrible storm while we were there. Cyril has started Philip’s room. Gill very excited as she has had lots of cards etc.




Week 41 – 8th-14th October 1967

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

  • 8th October 1967 – Guerrilla leader Che Guevara was captured by Bolivian Rangers. Only 17 guerrillas were left when the Rangers surrounded them in the El Yuro Ravine near La Higher. Guevara ordered his men to split into two groups and attempt to fight their way out but a bullet grazed his leg and he was unable to run.
  • 8th October 1967 – Died: Clement Attlee, 84, UK Prime Minister, 1945-1951.
  • 9th October 1967 – Che Guevara was executed following interrogation. In order to avoid the publicity of a trial, Bolivia’s President René Barrientos ordered that Guevara be put to death. Guevara was shot nine times with a semiautomatic rifle in order to support news that he had been killed in battle.
  • 10th October 1967 – The Outer Space Treaty between the United States, the Soviet Union, and 10 other nations took effect at a ceremony held in the White House. The parties agreed that they would not place nuclear weapons in space, and pledged to not establish military bases, nor make territorial claims, on the Moon or any other celestial body.
  • 11th October 1967 – The body of Che Guevara was buried in an unmarked grave at the airfield in Vallegrande. Prior to his burial, his hands were severed at the request of the government of Argentina, for comparison of his fingerprints to police records to verify his identity. The burial site was then paved over with concrete to build an airport runway.
  • 12th October 1967 – Cyprus Airways Flight 284 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea while on its way from Athens to Nicosia, killing all 66 people on board. The Comet jet was 13 minutes away from its destination when an explosion sent it plummeting. Traces of an explosive were found in one of the seat cushions, suggesting that a bomb was on board.
  • 11th October 1967 – The Bee Gees Massachusetts reached No. 1 in the UK.
  • 12th October 1967 – The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris, was first published.
  • 13th October 1967 – U.S. President Johnson signed and Executive Order expanding affirmative action programs in an effort to end gender discrimination within the U.S. government.
  • 13th October 1967 – The Royal Navy frigate HMS Brighton arrived at Gibraltar, beginning a permanent presence of British ships to protect the territory from harassment by neighboring Spain.

But here’s what’s happening back in Oxshott:-

Sunday 8th October 1967
We have had a busy day. Children and I to church at 10am. I then mowed lawns and had the children helping me pull out the bedding plants. This afternoon we’ve washed and polished cars. Feeling worn out. Bed at 9.30pm.

Monday 9th October 1967
Quite a wild day.  Cyril and I were up early – I did some washing before going to work. Very busy at the office. Went round to Penny Nairne’s after school and have been doing a bit of clearing up since.

Tuesday 10th October 1967
Phyl Stiles and I went to Leatherhead at lunch time – she to buy shoes – me – I joined the Leatherhead theatre club and bought a few odds and ends. Am hoping Fay (?) will come tonight with transport to take the old three-piece away.

Wednesday 11th October 1967
Miserable wet afternoon – I didn’t come home at lunchtime as Cyril was dining with and meeting his new boss.

Thursday 12th October 1967
It’s been a horrible week at work – so many problems. Played badminton this afternoon but only until 3:20pm as the children came out early – Harvest Festival.

Friday 13th October 1967
It’s Sunday now! Felt terribly tired on Friday – dashed off to Esher and shopped mid-day. Back to work after a very quick lunch – home and did washing and then baked all evening.

Saturday 14th October 1967
Doris and Will.
The children went with Cyril to collect Doris and Will. Doris is looking very well – she has had her hair cut and permed and looks ten years younger. We’ve had a pleasant day – lots of eating. Cyril took Doris and Will home about 7pm – home soon after ten – very tired he was.

Week 39 : 24th-30th September 1967

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

  • 24th September 1967 – Israel’s Prime Minister Levi Eshkol announced Government Decision 839 approving Jewish settlements in lands captured during the Six Day War, starting with the re-establishment of the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. The decision came almost twenty years after the previous Kfar Etzion settlement had been destroyed and 157 of its 161 residents massacred.
  • 24th September 1967 – The Karisoke Research Center for protection of gorillas was founded in Rwanda inside the Volcanoes National Park by primate researcher Dian Fossey. She chose the name because the campsite was located between Mount Karisimbi and Mount Visoke.
  • 25th September 1967 – Seventeen children in the Mexican city of Tijuana died and people 574 were hospitalised after eating breakfast. Initially, investigators believed that the milk they had consumed had been tainted, but the poison was soon traced to bread that had been contaminated by parathion, an insecticide that had been stored in a bakery supply warehouse. Contaminated flour and sugar had been shipped to nine bakeries, which in turn distributed its products to retail outlets around the city.
  • 27th September 1967 – Canada broke with the United States for the first time over Vietnam War policy, as External Affairs Minister Paul Martin addressed the United Nations General Assembly, suggesting that the U.S. make an unconditional halt to the bombing of North Vietnam. “All attempts to bring about talks between the two sides,” Martin said, “are doomed to failure unless the bombing is stopped.”
  • 29th September 1967 – Speaking in Texas at the National Legislative Conference, U.S. President Johnson told his audience, “I am ready to talk tomorrow with Ho Chi Minh and other chiefs of state to discuss an ending to the Vietnam War”, but added that an immediate halt to bombing would happen only if he believed that it would, “lead promptly to productive discussion”, and that “It is by Hanoi’s choice, not ours, not the world’s, that war continues.” Earlier in the speech, Johnson gave his reasons for a continued fight: “I cannot tell you, with certainty, that a southeast Asia dominated by communist power would bring a third world war closer to terrible reality,” he said, “But all that we have learned in this tragic century strongly suggests that it would be so.”
  • 29th September 1967 – The classic sci-fi TV series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons was broadcast for the first time, on ITV.
  • 30th September 1967 – BBC Radio completely restructured its national programming, with the inauguration of four new stations. Radio 1, introduced by its first disc jockey, Tony Blackburn, modeled its pop music format on pirate radio stations. Radio 2 featured music formerly heard on the Light Programme. Radio 3 adopted the classical cultural format formerly heard on the Third Programme. Finally, Radio 4 followed the talk radio and news format formerly heard on the Home Service.

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

Sunday 24th September 1967
I was up first and did the veg before breakfast. Then went and picked a few mushrooms. Rob and I took David James’ coat to Bredon. Nasty, wet day. We four, Rob, Mag, Cyril and I went for a pre-lunch drink. We left Longdon at 2:40pm, home at 6:20pm. Nice to be home.

Monday 25th September 1967
Back to work! – and there is plenty of it. Lot of washing to do too. Cyril and I had a snack lunch and have roast the chicken etc. for our evening meal. Have had to do an hour’s office work at home tonight.

Tuesday 26th September 1967
Another very busy  day at the office – everything seems to be complicated and I was glad to get away at 3:45. Plenty to do at home too!

Wednesday 27th September 1967
Cyril and I had a half day and dashed up to Gamages and had a spending spree – bought a new bed for Gill’s room and carpets for both their rooms – and a suit and shoes for me – and a few odds and ends. Home at 5:20pm.

Thursday 28th September 1967
Worked until 12:15pm. Played badminton this afternoon – a bit better. I managed to get three games in. It’s been a beautiful day but is raining now.

Friday 29th September 1967
Wet, miserable day. Cyril wasn’t home to lunch so I went to Esher at 12:15. Did the bank and a great deal of shopping. Tired myself out. Mr. Trapmore brought round the fireplace pieces (a Claygate fireplace) this evening ready to start tomorrow.

Saturday 30th September 1967
We’ve had the fireplace put in today. Not too much mess and it certainly makes a great difference to the room. Philip went to Carol’s party. I took Gillian and Debbie out looking for conkers for an hour this afternoon. Played Canasta.

Week 37 : 10th-16th September 1967

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

  • 10th September 1967 – The CBS television network censored The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in advance of the evening broadcast, by editing out the performance of Pete Seeger’s antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”. Seeger, who had been blacklisted from commercial television 17 years, had been allowed to perform the song before the studio audience but the tape shown on television only showed Seeger performing the song “Winoweh”.
  • 11th September 1967 – The unmanned NASA lander Surveyor 5 made a soft landing on the Moon in the Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquility) and began transmitting information back to Earth. Over the next three weeks, it would send 18,006 images of the lunar surface, along with data drawn from chemical analysis of the soil. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 would land only 24 km from Surveyor 5.
  • 11th September 1967 – The Bee Gees Massachusetts reached No. 1 in the UK single chart.
  • 13th September 1967 – Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF), specially designed for fighting jet fuel fires, was given its first public demonstration at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the U.S.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ewa Klobukowska of Poland, who held the world 100 meter sprint record, became the first athlete to be disqualified for failing a gender verification test. Her world record was taken away from her, however Klobukowska would prove her gender beyond doubt a few years later by becoming pregnant and giving birth.
  • 14th September 1967 – Ironside, starring Raymond Burr as a wheelchair-bound police detective, premiered at 8:30 pm on NBC.
  • 14th September 1967 – Batman began a third season on ABC and added actress Yvonne Craig as Batgirl in an attempt to inject new life into the series. In place of the twice-weekly episodes, the network broadcast only a weekly 30-minute episode that ended with the appearance of the following week’s villain. “Camp had been replaced by silliness,” it would be noted later.
  • 16th September 1967 – Vladimir Tkachenko, a 25-year old Soviet physicist working in the UK, was abducted from the streets of London by two Soviet agents. After witnesses saw him forcibly being carried into the Soviet Embassy, police from Scotland Yard intervened. Tkachenko had been drugged and driven to Heathrow Airport and was seen being put on Aeroflot jet, but the police stopped the plane from leaving and took him into protective custody. Two days later, after Tkachenko himself protested while in a psychiatric hospital, police returned him to the Soviet Embassy and allowed him to return to Moscow.

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

Sunday 10th September 1967
Busy day doing this and that. Have been instructed in changing the wheel of the car this afternoon in case  I ever have to. Hope I don’t! (I received that instruction too some years later! G. Me too! P)

Monday 11th September 1967
Went round to the ‘Clothes Line’ this afternoon and bought a few odds and ends. Was fortunate in finding two decent pairs of boys pyjamas – for Gill!! Mary took her test today but I haven’t heard the result yet.

Tuesday 12th September 1967
Worked all day today – just took ½hr for lunch as Cyril was out for the day. Went straight to Cobham from school to spend Philip’s 7/6d (37½ pence I think…).

Wednesday 13th September 1967
Poor Philip has coughed all day today and I very nearly sent him to school this morning!! Must have been sixth sense that made me tell him to go back to bed after breakfast. I went to the office till quarter to eleven and I have worked at home since then. Phil very sick this evening – but it’s done him good – got rid of his phlegm (oh yuk – TMI!)

Thursday 14th September 1967
Badminton begins.
Poured most of the day again – worked till eleven and then hurried home to Phil. He’s much better today thank goodness. I helped clean his (train) layout this afternoon and we tidied up a bit. Also did some baking and worked at home this evening for a while.

Friday 15th September 1967
Only worked till eleven and have only done an hour at home. Philip very much better. He dressed after lunch and has been playing quite happily. I’ve done all my washing and it’s drying.

Saturday 16th September 1967
I was in Esher soon after 8:30am and had a good start with the shopping. Philip still looking pale and wan – he had a nose bleed while I was out. Mowed the lawns this afternoon and prepared pastry and fruit for tomorrow’s pie – Sunday School is early so we shall have to look snappy tomorrow! Went to Cobham this afternoon and had a browse round buying birthday cards, nylons, sweets etc all by myself!


Week 35 : 27th August-2nd September 1967

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

  • 27th August 1967 – Electronic Video Recording (EVR), was announced by CBS Laboratories. The system used a 7″ wide film cartridge that could provide an hour of black-and-white or a half-hour of colour recording and could be used with the aid of a, “playback machine that could be put on top of a TV”.
  • 27th August 1967 – Died: Brian Epstein, 32, manager of The Beatles, died of an overdose of barbiturates.
  • 28th August 1967 – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson took personal control of the Department of Economic Affairs, removing Michael Stewart and replacing him with Peter Shore, who would serve in an advisory role. 20 other department officials were also moved or replaced.
  • 29th August 1967 – The Arab Summit opened at Khartoum, and was attended by representatives of most of the Arab nations with the exception of Syria. On the first day, the oil-producing members voted to lift an embargo against exports to the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • 1st September 1967 – At a rally in Beijing, leaders of the Chinese Communist Party reprimanded the Red Guards for burning both the Soviet and British diplomatic missions in August, and told the crowd that violence had done “great damage to the Cultural Revolution.”
  • 2nd September 1967 – Roy Bates, a retired British Army major, staked a claim on HM Fort Roughs, an abandoned anti-aircraft platform in the North Sea located outside UK territorial waters. Learning that British courts had ruled that the UK had no jurisdiction over the 550 square metres platform, Bates proclaimed the location as the Principality of Sealand, an independent “micronation”.

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

Sunday 27th August 1967
Set off for Clymping at 8am – no traffic problems – we were there at 9:30am. Car parks very soon filled up. Had a good day – enjoyed a swim – left at 4:10. Home 5:30pm

Monday 28th August 1967
Haven’t been far today – only to Epsom to find the whereabouts of the swimming baths for future reference. Lovely day again it has seemed like a Sunday.

Tuesday 29th August 1967
Not such a warm day but it hasn’t mattered very much as we’ve been to Epsom swimming this afternoon (indoor pool) and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Philip didn’t want to come out as he said it was so warm. Wasn’t very difficult getting there and back and so quick with the car.

Wednesday 30th August 1967
Feeling very tired today – I think I am trying to cram too much into my day! Did a lot of outstanding household jobs this afternoon – then went to Cobham hoping to get Phil’s hair cut but the shop was shut. Have done a little office work at home – now I’m going to do my monthly accounts.

Thursday 31st August 1967
Zoo – Philip’s birthday outing.
A very full day. I did 1½hrs at the office then went to the Bank. From there to Binker’s coffee morning. Home to lunch and pack a picnic then on to the zoo. We picked Andrew Buchan up at 1:15pm. Home at 6pm and am I TIRED!!!

Friday 1st September 1967
Very busy at the office this morning and have put in an hour and ½ tonight. I may have to go in tomorrow afternoon too as Mrs S wants time off next week. Poured with rain this afternoon. Tried to get Phil’s hair cut in Cobham. No luck.

Saturday 2nd September 1967
Have been to the office for a short while this morning and again this afternoon. Philip’s birthday has gone off quite well. His Super Soccer arrived and he was very pleased with his car from Gill and £1 from the Aunts, 2/6 from Auntie Boyce (who on earth was Auntie Boyce, Phil?) – Airfix model from Janet; van from Phyl, 12 or more cards and I gave him a surprise tea with cake and candles. Janet came to tea.

Week 31 : 30th July-5th August 1967

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

  • 31st July 1967 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richard had their jail sentences revised by an appeal tribunal led by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Parker. Jagger had been sentenced three months imprisonment, and Richards to a year, after being convicted of possession of pep pills and marijuana respectively. “If you keep out of any trouble for the next 12 months,” Lord Parker told Jagger, “what has happened will not be on your record as a conviction.”
  • 1st August 1967 – Nine Japanese high school students were killed by a lightning strike while they were descending Mount Nishihodaka, a 2,900m peak in Japan’s Hida Mountains, near Nagano. Ten others were injured, and the other 31 members of the group were unhurt.
  • 2nd August 1967 – Israel issued an order canceling the municipal council elections that had been scheduled in the Palestinian towns of the West Bank prior to its capture from Jordan. The four-year terms of all of the members who had been elected in 1963 were extended indefinitely.
  • 3rd August 1967 – U.S. President Johnson asked Congress to temporarily increase individual and corporate income taxes by 10 percent for the 1968 tax year and announced that he had approved sending an additional 45,000 American troops to fight in the Vietnam War before June 30, bringing the total number of U.S. personnel in South Vietnam to more than half a million.
  • 4th August 1967 – The Defence Amendment Act, 1967 went into effect in South Africa, providing that every young, able-bodied white South African male was subject to military training and service with the South African Defence Force (SADF).
  • 5th August 1967 – One hundred and thirty seven people died from poisoning at a new moon festival in Madras after drinking varnish, mixed in a cocktail with lime juice, because of a prohibition in Madras state against the sale of liquor. 

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

Sunday 30th July 1967
Much to our surprise, as it was a dull day when we awoke, we have spent most of the day on the beach – I’ve even been in and had a surf. Lovely it was too. We’ve been for a walk this evening.

Monday 31st July 1967
Went to Wadebridge and from there to Daymer where we spent the afternoon swimming (glorious). To Padstow in the evening where, thank goodness, we found the boat Philip has been searching for.

Tuesday 1st August 1967
Coo – my neck is burning! Had an early (cooked) lunch, then went up the top at Polzeath – have spent a long time in the water – on the surf. Going to the pictures tonight to see ‘My Fair Lady’ – home nearly midnight.

Wednesday 2nd August 1967
Dull day today – we had lunch with Mary and Leonard and didn’t go out until close on 4pm – went to Tintagel and explored the ruins – home about 7:15pm. Children very tired after last night’s late night.

Thursday 3rd August 1967
A lovely day. We’ve had six hours on Tristram Bay today and have another layer of sunburn. Plenty of surfing. Gillian was still in the sea at 5:45pm! Her second session. Rained in the night.

Friday 4th August 1967
Another fine, warm day which we have spent at Daymer. Had a swim after lunch then the children and I with Mary and Di walked to Rock and took the boat to Padstow and bought fish for tea. Home about 6:30pm.

Saturday 5th August 1967
A fine morning – we walked to Rock from Daymer and caught the ferry to Padstow and had lunch there. Found Mary and Leonard parked next to us when we got back to Daymer. Weather worsened – turned cold so we came home to tea. Tried to do my accounts during the evening, but the lighting is very bad.