December 27th 1936

Diary sub-note: 1st [Sunday] after Christmas. S. John
1834. Charles Lamb, essayist, died

Ski-ied [sic] for the first time. Went to watch ski jumping which was very good. Skated. Wrote to mummie & daddy. Had a Christmas card from Bobby.

Diary entry December 27th 1936

December 26th 1936

Diary sub-note: S. Stephen. Bank Holiday
1716. Thomas Gray, poet, born
S.R. 8.5, S.S. 3.56

Set of[sic] for La Lenk. The train was crammed. Danced in the evening until 10.30. Nice hotel with all English people.

Diary entry December 26th 1936

Diary footnote, accompanied by a photograph of a Wire Haired Terrier: THE WIRE HAIRED TERRIER. We owe the wire haired terrier (own brother to the smooth haired, and now even more popular) to a sporting parson, the Rev. Jack Russell, who started a kennel of working terriers in the year of Waterloo, and bred consistently for performance only, and eschewed show dogs like the plague. The parson’s dogs were small, as they should be for going to ground, and their frame continues to this day. Wire haired terriers have one disadvantage over the smooth variety, in that they must be constantly trimmed.

December 21st 1936

Diary sub-note: S. Thomas. Michaelmas Law Sittings end
1375. Boccaccio, Italian novelist, died
Moon: First Quarter, 11.30 a.m.

Had another present from Mummie. Went into the town to shop. Daddy sent me a calendar & Dordor £1.10/- Had letters from the Millers.

Diary entry December 21st 1936

December 19th 1936

Diary sub-note: Ember Day
1851. Turner, painter, died
S.R. 8.2, S.S. 3.53

Went for a long walk. Joan Francam came. Said goodbye to Mlle Pâsch & Miss Hope-Jones. Raphael & Madie & Rose went home for the hols.

Diary entry December 19th 1936

Diary footnote, accompanied by a photograph of two Samoyed: THE SAMOYED: The prototype of a group of dogs of thick coats and bushy tails carried curved over their backs, and related to the Këeshonde (the Dutch ‘barge dog’), Elkhound, and others. He takes his name fro an Esquimaux tribe of Siberia, who used him for sleighing (or ‘mushing’) in winter, and as a sheep dog in summer. They are noted for their longevity. They have been trained in this country to their natural task of sleigh-work, but this is actually against the law. The ‘huskies,’ famous in many an Arctic expedition, are their near relations.