Sat Mar. 7/42 8.45 pm

Snow and frost still persist tho’ it thawed a little during the day, a very little as the snow still coats the house walls and fences. Had a letter from Ron, says snow comes nearly to Well[ington boot] tops across the drome and there are drifts 3 feet deep. He is feeling better for his change back to Ins Rep [Instrument Repair] tho’ in spite of the cold. It is a good thing his week-end was not this week. Hope it will be better weather by Wed. Rene came this aft. She is looking much better. She had on her new blue jumper and her blue costume as she was going to Crow’s for supper. Father took Rol. Grantham to Sk[egness] station to-day and brought straw from Coote’s for pigs. Mrs Coote improving. Jean went out a little to-day, just to Halls and back. She is tired and irritable and seems very nervous. Don’t think she will go to school before Tue. unless she improves a lot and the weather is better. Father is out with preachers tomorrow so hope there is no more snow. He filled up with petrol as he was at Sk. Ship-wrecked Mariners wh[ist]-drive and dance realised £10 last night. Gil[bert] Paul is sec[retary].

Had 2 pts milk to-day as Jean likes bread and milk for breakfast and it is good for her. Brock’s milk is not bad. It is 4D pt. now. It was 4½ up to Feb. 1st. It seems a lot when we think of the old price of 1½D years ago. Jean had an egg for break[fast] and Father one for supper before he went on watch. 9 o’clock striking so think I had better soon go to bed, Jean doesn’t like going alone. She has just put the little cat out, it came in when Father went, he did not want it to follow him to the W.Bx [Watch Box]. Cooked a slice of bacon we had from butcher, for dinner, it was very nice.  Hope it isn’t so cold tonight. I never got warm last night in bed. Think I have a bit of cold as I have felt starved all day and as if I could not drag one foot before the other. Went to sleep in room after dinner and have never changed my frock. Did a bit of mending after tea (Rene brought usual cream buns) also a bit more of Ron’s sock, have nearly done ½ the foot.

D.M. [Daily Mail] says if Russ[ians] can hold out thro’1942 we may be able to decide war in our favour in 1943, 4 or 5. It has a depressing effect. Birds are ravenous again now. Gulls swooped down almost at my feet when I threw out bread for them. But in spite of the severe cold, one can hear quite a trill in the starlings’ voices, even when they are fighting over the food, and they are most quarrelsome. Father was amused by one sparrow perching on a starling’s back and pecking at a bone, as the st. would not let it perch on bone.

Roland (‘Roly’) Grantham was a farmer’s son, one of Elsie’s brothers (see 30 Nov. 1940 and 8 Jan. 1942).

Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?

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