January 16th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1809. Battle of Corunna. Death of Sir John MooreMoon: Last quarter, 7.41 p.m. Snowed. Had my hair done at Mr Allen’s. Took Yandi for a walk. Met Gilly. Went to children’s party. Had to entertain the children in the village. Had conjouring at the party. Listened to comic opera on the wireless.

Uncle Mac and Dordor

I don’t have a photo of ‘Uncle Mac’, who was mentioned yesterday, but I’ve been sent some information about him today that I thought was worth a mention. He would have been Peggy’s step-father, General McQuoid, about which Peggy’s cousin says: “As a small girl I was terrified by his (Indian Army) moustache!” The sameContinue reading “Uncle Mac and Dordor”

January 15th 1936

Dairy sub-note: 1759. British Museum opened Went to Pangbourne. Mummie met me at the station. Drawing room been made into sitting room. Uncle Mac went to Mrs Milner’s cocktail party. Had the gramophone on until 10 o.clock. Went to bed. Peggy’s mother lived in Pangbourne, and her son would go to boarding school there 26Continue reading “January 15th 1936”

January 14th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1742. Halley, astronomer, died Went skating. Had gramophone on. Had a lesson with Mr Gregory. Went back by bus alone with Joy. Met Rosemary Young. Ann & Charlie Fisher came to dinner. Went to see ‘Espionage’. According to my research, the film Espionage wasn’t released until 1937, but I can’t find any otherContinue reading “January 14th 1936”

January 13th 1936

Dairy sub-note: 1690 George Fox, Quaker, died Got up at 6. Took Diane out. Left Asnieres at 7.30. Train went from Paris 8.20. Mrs Schlund came to Calais with me. Boat left Calais 12.15. Dad met me at Dover. Had lunch on train going to London. Waited for customs. Entertained Audrey and Muriel after dinner

January 12th 1936

Dairy sub-note: 1st [Sunday] after Epiphany1746. Pestalozzi, teacher, born Went to French & English service. Went to “Vielle D’armes” with Mrs Schlund & Pierre. Waited 3/4 hour in queue while it rained. Pierre went back to Saint Germain. Mrs Schlund helped me to pack my trunk. Took photos of Pierre. Veille d’armes was a 1935Continue reading “January 12th 1936”

January 11th 1936

Dairy sub-note: Hilary Law Sittings begin1753. Sir Hans Sloane, physician, diedS.R. 8.3, S.S. 4.12 Went to Musée Victor Hugo. Poured with rain. Pierre came in time for dinner. Pierre & Mrs Schlund went to a film. I had on the wireless until 9.30 & then went to bed. Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of anContinue reading “January 11th 1936”

January 10th 1936

Dairy sub-note: 1778. Linnaeus, naturalist, died Went to museum at Château de Saint Germain. Went to see Pierre. Pierre went in for verbial [sic] exam. Took photos of mlle Margerite & Mrs Schlund. Went to see “La Fugue de Mariette” (Naughty Marietta). We assume she means ‘verbal’, not ‘verbial’.

January 9th 1936

Dairy sub-note: Christmas Fire Insurance ceases1873. Napoleon III died Went to the D’Alliene wedding. Saw a lot of officers & well known people. Pierre could not come back for a punishment on account of a misunderstanding in the Barracks. For clarification: we think this should read “Pierre could not come back because of a punishment,Continue reading “January 9th 1936”