November 29th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1st [Sunday] in Advent
1530. Cardinal Wolsey died

Wrote to the Remove* & Anne at Luckley. Did a picture for Escalade. Had a headache all day.

*The Remove was a class at school – Luckley being the school Peggy attended before going to Switzerland.

Diary entry November 29th 1936

November 28th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1721. Cartouche, highwayman, executed
Full Moon, 4.12 p.m.
S.R. 7.39, S.S. 3.57

Had letter from Daddy.
Went shopping in the town & I bought my things for fancy dress. Had a nice drawing lesson.

Diary entry November 28th 1936

Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Skye Terrier: THE SKYE TERRIER. Here is an example of Nature’s adaptability. The climate of the Western Coast of Scotland, from whence he hails, has a damp and rainy climate; his long fine coat, therefore, sheds off water. The fox earths and the badger setts are among the rocks of his native hills; therefore his body is long, low and sinuous, so that he can penetrate these rocky fastnesses. Lastly, the fanciers, ever ready to improve on Nature, have decreed that his eyes shall be completely blinded with overhanging hair, so that he need not see the funny people who come to stare at him on the show bench.

November 25th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1626. Edward Allyn, founder of Dulwich College, died

It was bitterly cold. Had a horrid music lesson. Had letters from Mummie, Anne & Edie. Mummie sent me the music of Glamorous Night.*

*Glamorous Night is a musical by Ivor Novello, first produced in 1935

Diary entry November 25th 1936

November 23rd 1936

Diary sub-note: 1407. Duke of Orleans assassinated

There were lots of pictures of David.
Went into the town with Mlle Pasch & Leslie. Daddie sent me £2 which I had changed in the town. Bought a doll for Joy & a choc caldron* for Mlle Hartmann.

*Miss-spelling of cauldron. The smashing of chocolate cauldrons is a tradition at the up-coming Genevan festival Fête de l’Escalade. It’s a fascinating tradition; find out more about it here

Diary entry November 23rd 1936

November 21st 1936

Diary sub-note: 1918. Surrender of German main fleet
S.R. 7.28, S.S. 4.4

Went shopping for “Escalade”*. Had letters from Paddy, Primrose & “Milly”. Wrote to Susan. Got the curse.

*The Escalade is a Genevan festival celebrated every December to commemorate Geneva’s victory against the Duke of Savoy’s troops in 1602.

Diary entry November 21st 1936

Diary footnote, accompanied by a photograph of a Scottish Terrier: SCOTTISH TERRIER. Sometimes called the Aberdeen, for no especial reason, the ‘Scottie’ is a deservedly popular little dog, loyal and game; hardy and of gentlemanly appearance. Unlike most terriers, he dislikes hunting in packs, preferring to go his own way. Not usually pugnacious, he is ‘bad to beat’ when someone has started a ‘rough house.’ He is, of course, related to that oldest of Scottish terriers, the Cairn. Colours, black or brindled. Coat very harsh.