All posts tagged harvest

Mon Sep. 18. 9 30 pm [1944]

Invasion of Holland by Paratroops. Sep. 17 /44

Yesterday, Sunday, we made 3 Paratroop landings behind Ger. troops. Gliders and Parachutists landed with guns and probably small tanks. Considerable supplies for them have been flown there and landed to-day. To-night round about 7 o’c planes flew over here, going out over the sea and a little to the N.E. As far as the eye could see, between sea and wolds and N. and S. planes swarmed like flies for some time. We can hear a drone of planes now and wonder if they are returning.

I have been to Rene’s for dinner and tea to-day. Mrs. Young was tired so we stayed in the garden. She is not really easy to talk to, and is very puffed up with her family connections, ahem, some of them. She has travelled and read a lot and is very musical. She is looking better for her holiday. I called at Mary’s as I went. Gordon has joined the forces and is in Scotland. Annie Graves is in a very poor way with sciatica and both lungs affected by T.B. What a lot of trouble there is in the world even apart from war. I washed two blankets before I went. Ciss helped me wring them, also I washed two of Jean’s blouses. Rene came after tea to get wool Jean was getting for Mrs Y to knit Tom some socks. She was not able to get real wool but got some kind of grey yarn 6 ozs of it as they said it needed more than wool. 4 oz 1 coup. It has been a lovely day fresh and breezy and it was lovely yesterday. Farmers are getting on with harvest now. Red + Sale and garden party realised £80. Rene won a gilt necklace in a raffle. I went to Chapel Sun night. Mr Noble sang two solos. Jean was with G.L. [Girls’ Life Brigade] parade to Hogs[thorpe] Church. Ted B[rown] and Eric and Bessy came Sun. afternoon. Bessie looks older tho’ well. Mrs. B will probably come on Thursday week.

Operation Market Garden’, involving thousands of Allied paratroopers and other forces, was a daring attempt to secure key bridges across rivers in Holland, intended to enable a rapid advance into the German lowlands. However the outcome was disastrous as will be reported in the next Diary entry (27th September 1944).

Annie Graves was presumably related to Mary, née Graves, the wife of Will’s one surviving brother Charles Hill, but the connection has not been identified.

Mr Noble, the accomplished singer, lived in Newark but often visited his mother who lived in a permanently-sited ‘caravan’ at the furthest end of Landseer Avenue (see Village Map).

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

Wed July 21 8.30 A.M [1943]

Jean has gone to school and I have just had my breakfast. I am feeling better to-day and have eaten a slice of fried ham, the last of the first ham except a slice for Father and a small piece I am boiling today to be in readiness for Emmie’s cousin if she comes this week. Mist turned to fine drizzle last night (that’s what this new pen nib reminds me of. I like a Relief nib) and the air is damp this morning with poor visibility. The wolds are not in sight. Tide coming in so it may go out when the tide does. A little more sunshine would liven us up. Harvest has already started in one or two places beating any previous early record by 2 weeks.

[Aside: New era in aeronautics.] Two weeks ago the first train-ferry came from America to England, that is to say a motorless glider towed behind a plane. It made a perfect journey and landed exactly to time. I once told Miss Trevor that before we died we should see the young people get their little plane from a shed as she did her cycle, when they were going a mile or two. If we live our allotted span it looks like being true, but they may even be gliders instead of planes. That was over 15 years ago. I should think she is more credulous now, surely, than she was then.

‘Relief’ – brand name for a high quality pen nib.

Miss Trevor was presumably a long-term acquaintance in the village.

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