Dairy sub-note: Hilary Law Sittings begin 1753. Sir Hans Sloane, physician, died S.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 an Alsatian: The Alsatian. Resembling the wolf more nearly than any other breed, both in size and appearance, he has earned a rather unfortunate, but undeserved reputation. Originally used in Germany as a sheep-dog, his quick intelligence, powers of tracking, and initiative have found him invaluable in police work. During the War*, the Germans used him for the carrying of messages and ammunition. He is essentially a ‘one man’ dog, suspicious of strangers, but amenable to firm handling.
*1936 was post World War One, but pre World War Two.
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).
Dairy sub-note: 1806. Cape of Good Hope taken by the British. S.R. 8.6, s.s. 4.4
Went up the Arc de Triomph & Eiffel Tower. Bought Roast Chestnuts. Went to the “Dôme” for tea. Wrote a card to Dordor*.
*Dordor was what Peggy called her Grandmother.
Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a Bulldog: The Bulldog. His ferocious appearance belies his gentle disposition. He belongs to the Mastiff family, of which breed he was originally a smaller variant, suitable for bull baiting. He had to be low to the ground, to get under the bull’s lowered horns and fix him by the nose. The shape of his jaws gives him a tenacious grip, difficult to shake off, and his powerful neck, chest and shoulders form an important part of his fighting equipment.
Went skating. Saw Mrs Schlund’s friend. Saw “Boucles d’ore”** (Curly Top). Had letter from Anne Harrison & Mrs Miller. Wrote to Anne Harrison.
*Ovid and Livy were famous Roman historians and poets. Ovid wrote the metamorphoses, which tells the story from the creation through to the death of Julius Caesar in 44bc. Livy also wrote about creation and the origins of Rome.
**Boucles D’or was a film starring Shirley Temple – aka ‘Curly Top’.