[Thursday] Ap 30 9.15 p.m [1942]

The last day of April and we have not heard the cuckoo or seen a swallow yet. To-night is a full moon (the second this month) so they may cross as the wind is about East and the gale of bitter NE wind which lasted 7 days last Thur to Wed night, has calmed down at last and altho’ it has been cold to-day it has been much pleasanter. Indoors it was so quiet I kept thinking the clock had stopped. The E.L is off so shall soon have to go to bed. I ironed after tea and when Jean switched on light? a few minutes since it did not come on so I inserted 1/0 but still no result. I wonder if there is a raid so early. Jerry’s reprisal raids on our old and famous buildings and towns these last few nights are heartbreaking. The lives lost are chiefly non-combatants. First Bath 2 nights, Norwich, York and Norwich again.

There may be thunder about tonight. I am feeling “nervy” not having got over my “bad about” of asthma yet. Shall be pleased when Father gets home at 2 a.m. Next week he will be patrolling and get all his nights in bed. We have cleaned Ron’s bedroom today, at least Rene has. It is three weeks tomorrow since we did Jean’s and I have been struggling with this tiresome asthma ever since and am still shaky though I hope the worst of it is over. Roy and Joan were married on Sat. Ap. 18 at Sk[egness] Church. Joan in blue and Mav[is] in pale pink summer dresses. We gave them a cut glass salad bowl. They spent the honeymoon at Buxton, or was it Matlock? They came down to thank us for bowl last Sat. Joan called me Aunt and kissed me so we are formally adopted I suppose.

Well it’s nearly dark though only 9.40 D.S.T. but very cloudy, so I’d better go to bed as E.L is still off. Am taking a candle up and leaving Father’s on table.

Mavis, here, was the sister of May’s nephew Roy.

D.S.T. Double Summer Time – clocks advanced 2 hours beyond Greenwich Mean Time – was intended to make more economical use of natural daylight hours.

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

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