Week 51 : 18th-24th December 1966

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

  • December 18th – Leonid Brezhnev, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the U.S.S.R.’s de facto leader, was awarded the nation’s highest honor, Hero of the Soviet Union, the day before his sixtieth birthday.
  • December 19th – The United Nations adopted the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, more commonly known as the Outer Space Treaty.
  • December 19th – Duke Ellington began recording his album, The Far East Suite, in New York City. The nine tracks on the album were all compositions by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (except for one by Ellington alone).
  • December 20th – Harold Wilson withdrew all his previous offers to the Rhodesian government, and announced that he would agree to independence only after the founding of a Black majority government.
  • December 22nd – On the eve of the United Kingdom’s trade ban with Rhodesia, Prime Minister Ian Smith declared that Rhodesia had become an independent republic by operation of the UN Security Counil’s vote for sanctions. “We are ipso facto in a position that we are no longer under the control of Britain,” Smith told reporters, “and, in the circumstances, I would say we are no longer members of the British Commonwealth; if that is the position, I do not know what we have become, except a republic.”
  • December 23rd – Ready Steady Go!, the pioneering British pop music show on Britain’s ITV network, was broadcast for the last time, after making its debut on August 9, 1963. Appearing as the last act was The Who, and the final show was subtitled “Ready Steady Gone!”.
  • December 23rd – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone of Italy and the highest grossing of the “Spaghetti Western” films, made its US debut.
  • December 24th – Died: Frank Mitchell, 37, British armed robber known as “The Mad Axeman”, twelve days after escaping Dartmoor Prison. The Kray twins, who had masterminded his escape, ordered his murder after quickly becoming tired of their friend.

But here’s what’s occupying Peggy’s world:-

Sunday 18th December 1966
To the Morgans for drinks.
Had quite a pleasant hour at the Morgans while the children were at Sunday School. Had a lazy sort of afternoon – made some vol-au-vents for tea. Children late-ish going to bed.

Monday 19th December 1966
Cyril – day off.
Supposed to go to Cherry B tonight for a drink.
Worked until 2pm – and have done the bills at home this evening. Went to Cherry Burton (Mr. & Mrs. Murray’s house) – inclined to be stiff and formal! Cards and presents arriving! Cyril has had a tiring day.

Tuesday 20th December 1966
The week is dragging for Philip – he’s looking pale and spotty too – can’t get to sleep for excitement! Still busy at work – at least I am! No one else seems to have much to do.

Wednesday 21st December 1966
Last day school.
Still working hard – about the only one who is!!! Went back this afternoon and have done some of the washing this evening – and cleaned the brass. Cyril has been blowing up balloons!

Thursday 22nd December 1966
Children quite good when I left them – in fact they were a bit fed up with my ringing to see if they were okay!! Busy washing this afternoon. Joan rang. She says that Pa is having Christmas Day with Ted and Gill.

Friday 23rd December 1966
Worked until 12:30.
Mr. Chilcott came in worrying me with accounts. Mr Murray gave us all a fiver for Christmas – but no drinks in the office!! Been cooking and cleaning this evening – the tongue, gammon and frozen special!!

Saturday 24th December 1966
Christmas Eve – and a very wet and nasty one. We were in Leatherhead before the shops opened! Just for a few things – then picked up our ordered goods in village and home. Pottering and baking during afternoon. Had a late night – filling stockings and drinking with neighbours. Went to church at 5pm. Children went off to sleep very quickly.



Week 50 : 11th-17th December 1966

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

  • December 11th -NASA released the first photograph to show, “almost the entire disc of the Earth”, taken two days earlier from the ATS-1 satellite from a height of 23,000 miles.
  • December 12th – The West German cargo ship MV Contentia collided with the Bull lightvessel and sank at the mouth of the River Humber. The West German coaster MV Elke also collided with another ship and sank in the Humber Estuary.
  • December 14th – Voters in Spain overwhelmingly voted in favor of the new constitution that had been proposed by Spain’s President, Generalissimo Francisco Franco and that provided for the eventual restoration of the monarchy. Opponents of the proposed constitution had been prohibited from campaigning against it, although they had been allowed to ask people not to vote in the election at all. According to the government, nearly 89% of registered voters turned out at the polls, and 93.3% of them voted yes on the proposal, while 3.2% voted no, and 3.5% did not properly mark their ballots.
  • December 15th -Died: Walt Disney, 65, American animated film producer who built his independent film company into a multimillion-dollar empire of film studios and amusement parks, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California. Flags on all government buildings in Los Angeles County were ordered lowered to half staff in his honour.
  • December 16th – By an 11-0 vote, the United Nations Security Council approved an oil embargo and other economic sanctions against Rhodesia. Permanent members France and the Soviet Union abstained. Other proposed amendments failed to gain enough support, including an amendment that suggested that the United Kingdom “use every means, including force” to bring about the downfall of the white-minority government of Ian Smith.
  • December 16th –Born: Dennis Wise, English soccer football midfielder, with 21 appearances for England between 1991 and 2000; in Kensington, London.
  • December 17th – The first successful pancreatic transplant on a human being took place at the University of Minnesota, as a team of surgeons led by Dr. William D. Kellyand carried out “a duct-ligated segmental pancreas graft” into an unidentified 28-year-old woman, effectively reversing her type 1 diabetes, and resulting “in immediate insulin independence”.

But here’s what’s occupying Peggy’s world:-

Sunday 11th December 1966
Had a drink before lunch with Mary and Leonard and apart from that it’s been a quiet sort of day. Cyril put some tulips in the front garden. Joan rang – Pa is talking of going to Ripon for Christmas.

Monday 12th December 1966
Didn’t come home lunch time – instead Gloria cut my hair! Feeling shorn and chilly now! Mr Murray starting a new system of book keeping and delaying me much more than somewhat.

Tuesday 13th December 1966
Cyril – Cambridge.
½ day from school.
Driving Lesson.
Worked until 12 and Gloria brought the children and I home from school – then came back and cut Gill’s hair. After my lesson, we three went to the village. I tried on a few dresses in the Boutique – didn’t buy anything though. Cyril and Ron came in about 8pm.

Wednesday 14th December 1966
Cyril and Ron to lunch then to Hog Rob’s “do”.
Had a rush round to prepare a 12:30 lunch for three. However, I left the office before 12 – went back to work – collected Gill and took her to Brownie Party – then back to work until 5pm!

Thursday 15th December
Cyril – Cardiff.
Help at party.
Worked through the lunch hour – in an endeavour to catch up! Then came home and almost at once went out to the party. Eileen Lister gave me a ring and picked me up fortunately and also brought us home.

Friday 16th December 1966
Cyril home.
Worked until one then caught the bus to Esher in the pouring rain. It was a miserable shopping expedition. Cyril’s train was 40 minutes late – he was home about 3:20 – then we went to pick up the Christmas tree. Finished icing the cake.

Saturday 17th December 1966
We were up with the lark and in Kingston at Lamberts before 9am. Bought Cyril’s Christmas present – the Ford manual and a car mat!  Back to Hook and Esher for the rest of the shopping. This afternoon I’ve been back to Kingston and it nearly killed me. Ghastly. It was so crowded. I’ve spent so much money that it scares me! The family decorated the tree while I was out!

Week 49 : 4th – 10th December 1966

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

  • December 4th – Working in the Ogoja Province in eastern Nigeria, Dr. William Foege first implemented the “surveillance and containment” strategy that would eventually eliminate smallpox throughout the world. An American epidemiologist as well as being a Lutheran missionary, Dr. Foege acted with the knowledge that smallpox was contagious for only two weeks, slow moving in its progress and, most importantly, that “infected people rarely transmitted the disease to more than a few others, mostly within the immediate household”. Consulting with 14 other missionaries in the region, Dr. Foege arranged for a communications network in villages and marketplaces, looking for signs of a smallpox infection and, “When an infected person was found, a map of his or her likely social pathways was drawn, and everyone on it immunized”. This course of action “demonstrated that smallpox could be treated and eliminated from large areas by immunizing as few as six percent of the people— if they were the right people at the right time!”
  • December 6th  – Over the course of two days, South Korean troops purportedly killed 456 men, women and children in two villages in the Quảng Ngãi Province of South Vietnam. On December 5, the village of Bình Hòa was surrounded at dawn by soldiers, and the inhabitants killed. The next day, troops moved to the nearby village of An Phuoc, four miles away, and murdered its inhabitants.
  • December 7th – ATS-1, the first experimental equatorial synchronous satellite, was launched into geostationary orbit at 23,000 mi (37,000 km) above the equator. Carrying the Spin Scan Cloud Camera, developed by Verner E. Suomi and Robert Parent at the University of Wisconsin, ATS-1 could take full photos of the Western Hemisphere every 30 minutes, and transmit them back to Earth. “For the first time,” historians would note later, “rapid-imaging of nearly an entire hemisphere was possible. We could watch, fascinated, as storm systems developed and moved and were captured in a time series of images. Today such images are an indispensable part of weather analysis and forecasting.”
  • December 7th – No. 1 in the UK charts was still Tom Jones’ The Green Green Grass of Home.
  • December 8th – Born: Sinéad O’Connor, Irish singer, in Glenageary
  • December 10 – At Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Dr. Jay Sanford told the press that Jack Ruby had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Ruby, who was weeks away from a new trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, had killed the accused presidential assassin in front of the largest number of witnesses in history, as millions of viewers watched on live national television on November 24, 1963.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 4th December 1966
Both very tired and queezy today!! (Hardly surprising if you read last Saturday’s entry!). Not felt like doing anything. I’ve been having a tussle with my accounts as I lost some of my shopping lists at the weekend!

Monday 5th December 1966
Driving Lesson
Don’t think I did very well on my lesson today – seemed to be overworking my right foot!! Cyril and I not feeling very fit yet. Had such a lot of work at the office that I brought a whole lot home.

Tuesday 6th December 1966
Met Miss Hutt at school this afternoon for a small meeting re children’s party. Did an hour at the office afterwards. Philip has been very sick tonight and is feeling sorry for himself.

Wednesday 7th December 1966
Kept both children in bed today. Cyril had the afternoon off to put shelves in Philip’s wardrobe so I went to work this afternoon. No more sickness from Philip – Gill seems rather ‘down’. We’re all tired I think after a bad night.

Thursday 8th December 1966
Here it is, Saturday night – what did I do on Thursday? Oh yes – worked until noon – children were OK they got up soon after I got home. Did some baking. Cyril went to London Airport so was late coming home. I did some homework.

Friday 9th December 1966
Worked until noon – children got up when I came home. Did all the washing I could find, dried and ironed it! Looking forward to having a day out tomorrow. Cyril’s cold developing.

Saturday 10th December 1966
We shopped in the village – left for Welling at 10:30 – lot of traffic about – got there 12:20. Very nice lunch and Doris moving about quite well. I went into Welling and did some Christmas shopping. We left at 6:30 – home via West End to see the lights. Very pretty. Traffic not bad at all – home 8:30. Very tired.


I know this is from an earlier era but I love it. Tea with Doris and Will was always like this. Even Phil and I have a cup and saucer! I seem to remember lunch at Christmas time involved ‘Giblet Pie’! Gotta love Phil’s bow tie!


Week 48 : 27th November – 3rd December 1966

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

  • November 28th – The Soyuz program began in the Soviet Union with the unmanned launch of a new series of space vehicles. In order to disguise the mission’s true purpose, the launch was initially referred to as Kosmos 133. Fifty years later, Soyuz rockets continue to be flown, by the Russian Space Agency, as a shuttle to the International Space Station.
  • November 29th – Twenty-four centuries after his death in 479 BCE, the tomb of the Chinese philosopher Confucius was destroyed by members of the Red Guards in Qufu, in China’s Shandong Province. The teachings of Confucius had come under criticism during the Cultural Revolution as a symbol of China’s feudal past. The students destroyed his statue and a memorial tablet, then dug up his grave “only to find nothing inside it”.
  • November 30th – Barbados was granted independence from the United Kingdom after 341 years. Present at the flag raising ceremonies in Bridgetown, were Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, appearing on behalf of his cousin, Queen Elizabeth II, and Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Prime Minister Errol Barrow said that he wanted his Caribbean island nation to be the first British Commonwealth Member to join the Organization of American States.
  • December 1st – No. 1 in the UK charts was Tom Jones’ The Green Green Grass of Home.
  • December 2nd – British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith met for negotiations on board the British warship HMS Tiger in the Mediterranean. After Smith’s return, the Rhodesian government rejected the “Tiger Pact” proposed by the British, who had set a deadline of noon on December 5 for an answer. Among the British demands was a return of control of the armed forces and the police to Sir Humphrey Gibbs, and his restoration as Governor of the colony, as well as a dissolution of the Rhodesian parliament.
  • December 3rd – Following a lunch hosted by the French Diplomatic Press Association in Paris, visiting Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin answered the questions of reporters in a press conference. One reporter asked Kosygin about whether the Soviet Union would allow Soviet Jews to emigrate to Israel, and Kosygin replied that, “If there are some families divided by the war who want to meet their relatives outside the USSR or even to leave the USSR, we shall do all in our power to help them. The way is open to them and will remain open and there is no problem.” Kosygin’s statement was reprinted in Izvestia two days later (albeit without the statement that the government would do all in its power to help), and hundreds of Soviet Jews filed applications to depart.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 27th November 1966
Gillian seems to have started a cold – very sorry for herself first thing but she cheered up and went to Sunday School. Cyril has had a hard day putting in the bulbs up the back and preparing the front beds.

Monday 28th November 1966
Driving Lesson
Lesson went off quite well. I did some turns in the road. Thank goodness it wasn’t foggy or wet. Gillian had a day in bed today – coughing a bit. I came home early and brought all my work with me.

Tuesday 29th November 1966
Cyril went to Cardiff this morning – had a lift up with Dennis. Worked until 1pm, Mrs Daniels gave me a lift home and back again at 2pm. Joan rang – said Tim is going home on Saturday. Oh I do so hope this has cured him.

Wednesday 30th November 1966
Gillian went to Tina’s party after school. Cyril was home in time to pick us up from school. Bitterly cold today.

Thursday 1st December 1966
Haven’t been writing up – too busy working!!! Not much time for anything else! Pay day – with bonus £1-13-4!!

Friday 2nd December 1966
Rushed off to Esher – banked and shopped. Very heavy load to carry home – then I went up to the village again before school. Did some washing this evening.

Saturday 3rd December 1966
Cheese & Wine Party
Ironed early. We went to Walton and collected my pearls and shopped. I went to the Village Centre to help prepare the Cheese & Wine party. Had a very good evening. Sue and Dick sat in. We were back at 12:15am – after the sitters left, we (and Leonard and Mary, who had been with us) finished up at Denis and Alma’s until 2:30am.!!


Week 47 : 20th – 26th November 1966

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

  • November 20th – Cabaret, one of the most popular musicals on Broadway, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre. In its initial run, the Tony Award winning Kander and Ebb production would have 1,165 performances. A 1998 revival would be staged 2,377 times.
  • November 20th – In what would later be described as, “the first instance of a spacecraft imaging an archaeological site on the Moon”, Lunar Orbiter 2 photographed Ranger 8 and its impact point in Mare Tranquillitatis (“The Sea of Tranquility”). The photographs of “Blair Cuspids”, “an unusual arrangement of seven spirelike objects of varying heights” at the western edge of the Mare Tranquillitatis was cited in pseudo-science as the product of extraterrestrial intelligence. Reactions to the photo varied.
  • November 22nd – A terrorist bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of an Aden Airways DC-3 airplane in the Federation of South Arabia. The plane reached an altitude of 6,000 feet when the bomb exploded. All 25 passengers and the crew of three were killed, including the apparent target of an assassination, Amir Mohammed bin Said, the deputy ruler of the Sultanate of Wahidi.
  • November 24th – The Beatles began recording their classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, starting with “Strawberry Fields Forever”.
  • November 24th – UK Unemployment sees a small rise to 531,585.
  • November 25th – Due to an ongoing smog event, New York City was placed under a “first-stage alert” by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller because of heavy air pollution that had been held over the metropolitan area by a stagnant air mass. Residents were ordered to drive “only when necessary”, to maintain minimum temperatures in all buildings heated by oil or coal, to avoid open fires and to not run incinerators until the alert ended. The days of smog were later credited with causing 169 additional deaths in New York City.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 20th November 1966
Gillian enjoyed a lie-in with Joan until 10am!! We had coffee with Phyl. Tim rang – sounded sad. He has to go into hospital tomorrow. We saw Joan through London Airport. She rang at 6:30pm from Moreton-in-the-Marsh.

Monday 21st November 1966
Driving Lesson
Got on quite well – did my 3-point turn and some traffic work and put in for my test. Had to do some work at home this evening. Joan rang – nothing to report on Tim yet.

Tuesday 22nd November 1966
Worked am & pm – didn’t feel like going to Young Wives – but I made it along with eight others! We did some play reading. Joan rang while I was out. Tim comfortable.

Peggy's tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Peggy’s tried and tested recipe for Christmas Puds.

Wednesday 23rd November 1966
Joan rang – Tim had the radium needles inserted – but x-rays showed them to be in the wrong place – so it has to be done again. Wrote to Dad and Mur. Mixed the Christmas puds.

Thursday 24th November 1966
Very foggy all day. Not feeling at my best today. Don’t know if I’m tired or what – I do feel weary. Did some baking when we got home from school. New shop in village rather pricey.

Friday 25th November 1966
12:45 Dental – me
Mr Ross just filled one tooth – I was able to catch the five past one bus to Esher. Shopped in the rain. Very tired! No sooner home than out again to meet children. Joan rang – Tim comfortable.

Saturday 26th November 1966
What a spend this morning! We went to Walton and I bought three dresses for me and one for Gill!! Then after lunch to Claygate where I bought a pair of ‘moddy’ black shoes costing £4:0:8! Joan rang – Tim wasn’t so uncomfortable today. Made the Christmas cake.


Week 46 : 13th – 19th November 1966

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

  • November 13th – Tanks of the Israeli Army swept across the border from Israel and attacked towns located in Jordan. Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations told reporters that 13 Jordanian soldiers and 13 civilians had been killed in the attack, which came the day after four Israeli Army personnel had been killed by a land mine on their side of the border. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol of Israel said later, “We trust that the lesson will not go unheeded in Damascus.”
  • November 15th – Gemini 12, with James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin on board, splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 km east of the Bahamas, bringing an end to the Gemini program and making way for the Apollo manned program set to land on the Moon. Both Aldrin and Lovell would fly on Apollo missions.
  • November 17th – Don’t Drink the Water, the first full-length play by comedian Woody Allen, premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre. After a run of 598 performances on stage, it would be made into a 1969 feature film and later as a 1994 made-for-television movie.
  • November 17th – Born: Jeff Buckley, American singer-songwriter (died 1997), son of Tim Buckley, in Anaheim, California.
  • November 18th – Roman Catholics in the United States would no longer be required to abstain from meat on Fridays, as a national conference of Roman Catholic cardinals, archbishops and bishops voted in Washington to revoke a requirement of abstinence that had been in effect for 11 centuries.
  • November 18th – U.S. Air Force Major William J. Knight flew the North American X-15 to a record speed of Mach 6.33 (4,250 mph). Major Knight began the flight after he had climbed to an altitude of 98,000 feet, and covered a distance of 637 miles in nine minutes.

But here’s what’s happening in the centre of Peggy’s Universe:-

Sunday 13th November 1966
Damp and miserable day. Children to Sunday School. Cyril washed both cars – then re-covered a bedroom stool so he has had quite a day. Joan rang.

Monday 14th November 1966
Driving Lesson.
Went for my lesson and did some reversing round corners! Very bust at the office – brought some work home this evening. Cyril working on the Christmas present!!

Tuesday 15th November 1966
PTA 8pm
Worked all day. Doris wants us to go to Welling on Saturday, but if Joan comes we won’t be able to. Committee meeting wasn’t very interesting.

Wednesday 16th November 1966
Worked all day again. Getting some hours in Mr Murray decided to help me and now I’m in a worse muddle than ever. Philip unhappy this PM – says there is something in his eye. Have shampooed and coloured my hair.

Thursday 17th November 1966
Cyril to Cardiff
Bad news from Joan that Tim has to go into hospital again for radium needle treatment. She sounded very depressed tonight. I have worked very hard this evening. Washed and polished floors – helped Gill make a gonk. It’s nearly midnight and I’m not ready for bed yet!

Friday 18th November 1966
Worked until one – then took the bus to Esher and did all the shopping. My poor aching arms! Home at ten to three – then out to meet children. On the way home we met Joan and went straight to the station to meet Cyril!

Saturday 19th November 1966
News of Tim isn’t good – Joan isn’t looking well – but we made the most of our day out! At Kingston at 9am (found I had left all my money at home! Fortunately Joan was loaded!!) We shopped and ate and shopped and ate! 4:30pm when we picked the car up. Parking cost 6/-!!! Both very weary by bedtime. I wrapped all my Worcester Christmas presents for Joan to take back.

Week 45 : 6th November – 12th November 1966

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Around the world this week in 1966:-

  • November 6th – Lunar Orbiter 2 was launched by the United States from Cape Kennedy at 6:21 p.m. local time. After initially orbiting at 122 miles (196 kilometers) above the surface, the probe was guided to a lower orbit of only 30 miles (50 km) over the Moon by November 15, and during the week of November 18 to November 25, took 609 high resolution photographs of landing sites.
  • November 8th Born: Gordon Ramsay, Scottish chef, restaurateur and television host, known for the Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares shows; in Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
  • November 9th – John Lennon of The Beatles first met Yoko Ono, a 33-year old Japanese conceptual artist, at the Indica Gallery in London, where her work was being featured in an exhibit sponsored by art dealer Robert “Groovy Bob” Fraser. Within two years, Lennon would divorce his wife of six years, Cynthia, and would marry Ono on March 20, 1969, prior to the group’s break-up in 1970.
  • November 11th – Generalissimo Francisco Franco issued a general pardon to all persons who had been convicted of political crimes during the Spanish Civil War, declaring an amnesty for those Spanish residents who had been with the Republicans. It was unclear whether the amnesty extended to tens of thousands of Republican fighters who had gone into exile after Franco became Spain’s leader.
  • November 11th – After several postponements, Gemini 12, the last of the Gemini manned space missions, was launched from Florida’s Cape Kennedy with U.S. Navy Captain James A. Lovell, Jr., and U.S. Air Force Major Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr who would later be the second man on the Moon.
  • November 12th – A total solar eclipse took place, and was observed by scientists in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil. For the first time, photos of the eclipse were taken from outer space as Edwin Aldrin made photographs while the cockpit was open on Gemini 12.

But here’s what matters to Peggy and the family:-

Sunday 6th November 1966
Very tired this morning. Had a lie-in until 8:30am! Been working hard ever since. Cyril seems a bit of a misery today – he has a swollen ankle so I think it must be painful. Miserable, wet day.

Monday 7th November 1966
Beautiful Spring like day. I was up early and did my ironing before breakfast. Spoke to Maggie this evening, and to Joan. Cyril cleaning up Philip’s Christmas present! Worked this afternoon.


Gill’s Christmas present was an ITT Stereopack portable record player and speakers. The speakers clipped to the body to form a lid.

Tuesday 8th November 1966
Driving Lesson 2pm
My instructor said he was very pleased with my driving today. I hope he was – I didn’t think I did very well. Cyril bought Gill’s Christmas present today – a record player! Went to Young Wives – not terribly exciting.

Wednesday 9th November 1966
2pm Mary Morgan’s
Didn’t get much work done today as Mr Murray and I had the Kalamazoo men in. Cyril was home before me but I got away to Mary Morgan’s on time. Very cold today.

Thursday 10th November 1966
The new suite arrived just as I got home at lunch time – nice timing. Cyril is furious as the casters have all been put on in a very shoddy manner – one fell off! Played badminton this afternoon. Joan rang.

Friday 11th November 1966
Philip surprised us by being unwell this morning – he looked very off so I left him in bed. As it happened, I had a dental at 12:15 so came home about 11:25 – out again at 12! The manager from Courts came out and re-did the casters.

Saturday 12th November 1966
Philip to Estella’s party.
Gill to ballet at Dorking.
Me to Ruth’s
Cyril did the shopping. Philip seems to have recovered – he was singing at 6am! Cyril took Mary, Phyl and I to South Wimbledon – we had quite a good time helping Ruth and Co. I was ‘cashier’ in the ‘teas’ department. Gillian enjoyed the ballet. She had tea with the Leyshons afterwards, so Cyril had a quiet afternoon. I was home at 6:25pm. Leonard picked us up at Wimbledon. Played Canasta.