Jan 12 Mon 10.pm [1942]

Father took J. Kirk and his mother to Cumberworth this morning and fetched them back this afternoon. Father Kirk will pay! In this case I think he will, as Father wants Peter and the dray to bring the hut home. Still Joe owes him 6/0 without that, balance from doing a watch for him.

We have got our bacon home and hung to-day it looks very nice. The new rate-collector called, he has to walk with 2 sticks. Paid him £3.12.0 half years rates. Hastings is his name, he strews his aitches, thickly before all his vowels. Once some years ago when Rene was at Flints he called to put her on the voting list and asked how to spell her name and repeated it as Hi har, he, hen, he. Even Mrs F was convulsed and when he had gone she and Rene laughed until they nearly cried. Ken and Eff [Raynor] came tonight. Hallg. came to-night to bring the Postal Drafts, the wages come as P.Ds. Father was very tickled because Hallg. brought him a receipt to sign for Bailey’s. Fa is drawing B’s at P.O. and sending it on to him with Labour Cards when they come.

It was a big frost this morning and the air was almost a fog. I washed, Rene helped me finish and as she hung them out they froze stiff, but a breeze got up after dinner and the sun came out, and they dried. I had got the clothes-horse down from bath-room but shan’t need it. Have folded them. Father is on watch until 2. a.m. then holiday. Baked a loaf and some cobs to-day and we had a flat bread-cake for pudding with Gol[den] Syrup. Bread doesn’t rise very well this cold weather. Jean finished ank. socks Sat and started a scarf double wool like the gloves I knitted her. Wrote to Ron yesterday, expecting him home Wed. for day. Wind came S.E. after dinner and keeps getting up in gusts, feels like a change.

Mr Hastings was the ‘new’ rate-collector.

Mr and Mrs Flint, in Anchor Lane, Ingoldmells, had employed Rene as a nanny for their son, soon after she had returned from working in Nottingham for Mr and Mrs Lees and before commencing housekeeping work with Mr and Mrs A.

Labour Cards may have been for registration for war work.