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Alwyne Diary
©2011 Heather Johnson
May 1942
24th Sunny periods but strong wind and showers. Could not sit out. Blowing tomatoes about badly.
23rd Not a very nice day - windy, managed to have shelter out in afternoon for a little while. Went to town and tried to get a shirt. Heavy rain in evening.
22nd Nice day but came on to rain in evening. Went to Doctors. Dad got doz. tomato plants from Theobalds and set them out.
21st Fairly nice day. Sat out in shelter. Went to Cantata in evening.
20th Lovely day - sunny and warm 69 degrees but turned dull and cool in evening. Went to town in morning and had hair cut. Fertilised roses. Had letter from S.C.J. and replied. Russians still advancing on Kharkov. Germans have opened offensive further South.
19th Rather windy but dropped during day and turned into a lovely evening. Sat out in shelter on big lawn until 9 o'clock. Dr. Wirth broadcast to Malta. (?)
18th Rainy at times but gleamed out hot in between. 70 degrees. Sat down long path without shelter.
17th Beautiful sunny morning. Feeling better. Went to Chapel in morning, sat out on lawn in afternoon but came over rather cloudy.
16th Nice rain early. 65 degrees. Had shelter out in afternoon. Had warning 4.30 - 4.40 p.m. whilst sitting out. Dad got 3 cucumber plants at Theobalds. Set beet. Look like having big lot of strawberries.
15th Nice sunny day. Sat out in shelter, afternoon and evening. Dr. called at 10 to 6 and stayed until 6.30. Says I can go out and about and back to work in another week. Russians advancing at Karkov and retreating in Crimea.
14th Dull day. Did not go out. Dr. has not been so I wrote to him and asked him to call. Rev. Jacobs called during afternoon. Russians have launched offensive near Karkov (Kharkov, Ukraine) and have broken through German lines. Dad set marrows.
13th Had some more rain in night but not very nice day. Had a warning to-day - 12.35 - 12.45 p.m. First one for over four weeks. Germans claim break-through on Kerch Peninsular. Still waiting for Dr.
12th Dull day. Clarice came for day and brought Chipps (dog) with her. Germans have launched offensive on Kerch Peninsular. (Eastern Crimea). Still watching for Dr.
11th Had very nice rain in night and a little thunder. Dad set out lettuce plants and some French Beans. Looked for Dr. all day but he did not come.

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Alwyne Garling
93 London Road

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