“Veronique.” An operetta written by Massager. Extremely pretty scenery and dresses. The singing was marvellous and so was the music. M. Jean Badès was in it. Chambésy. A very pretty little village in the suburbs of Geneva. Grapes grow on nearly every house there. The village main street is a hill, steep and very narrow.Continue reading “Switzerland journal October 17th 1936”
Monnetier. A very pretty little village on the top of Salève, a mountain in France. There is a path up the mountain and it takes about 3/4 hours to climb up. It is very steep. There is a most wonderful view from the village. On one side is Geneva & the river Arve, lying farContinue reading “Switzerland journal October 15th 1936”
Diary sub-note: B.C. 322. Aristotle, Greek philosopher, died Went and watched Leslie & Marjory riding. It was Marjorie’s first lesson. Started a letter to Susan.
Diary sub-note: Pheasant Shooting begins 1918. Capture of St. Quentin and Damascus Didn’t do gym. Went to Annemasse, in France. Saw Mt Blanc for the first time. The biggest mountain in Europe. Painted in the evening & sang while Marjorie played.
Diary sub-note: 1832. Lord Roberts bornFull Moon, 10.1 p.m. Had a lesson with Mlle Hartmann. Went to the town to have my first piano lesson with Mlle Preva. Got the curse. Wrote to Miss Cornish. Had a bath.
Diary sub-note: 1750. Admiral Collingwood bornS.R. 6.52, S.S.6.5 Had lessons in the morning. Went out to the town with Mlle Hartmann. Had tea at La Grande Passage. Went to watch the riding at the school we are going to ride at. Diary footnote, accompanying a photograph of a West Highland White Terrier: WEST HIGHLAND WHITEContinue reading “September 26th 1936”
Diary sub-note: 1066. Battle of Stamford Bridge It rained all morning. We bathed in the afternoon. The new English mistress arrived. We sat by the lake with the gramophone. Did prep in the evening.
Diary sub-note: 1404. William of Wykeham, founder of Winchester College, died It rained hard all morning. We had lunch at 12. o.clock. Went to Ferney to look over the potteries. Had tea at Ferney. Came back & had on the gramophone.
Diary sub-note: Autumnal Equinox1889. Wilkie Collins, novelist, diedMoon: First Quarter, 11.12 p.m. Bathed in the afternoon & played ping pong. Went to the hotel & played tennis in the evening. Everyone we saw there was English.
Peggy kept a record of the places she visited while she was in Switzerland and what she learned about them. The entries aren’t as frequent as those in her School-girl’s diary, but I will post them up on the relevant days. Note that she has changed her name to Bettie, which is how she wasContinue reading “Switzerland journal”