1926 – London, Scole, Brussels, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Inverness, Paris, Oberhofen, Lenk

In 1926, Edward is 50 years old, Kate is 47 years old and Alys is 42 years old. Eva is 17 years old and Philip is 13 years old (Alys and Dennis’ daughter and son).

Katharine Boyd
21 Oxford Terrace
London W.2.

Padd. 2098


Friday 1st January 1926

Colonel Horley in. Kit came at 12. Out with her. Lunch at Regent Palace. To Anne Cummins at St Thomas’ Hospital. Tea at Dickens and Jones’ with Kit. She home. I walked home, via Pemberthy’s. Dinner in. Listened in.

Saturday 2nd January 1926

Very mild.
Walked to Rowney’s. Bus to Barnard’s. Poz sprained ankle. Mabel poisoned finger. To Macrae Gallery by 1. Victoria and Albert Museum; ate lunch there. Walked home. Baticolour scarf all evening nearly. Began letter to E.P.

Sunday 3rd January 1926

Mild. Showers.
Late up. Did some baticolor. At 1 o’clock to Ayrton’s. Dinner with Virginia and Tony (E. and M. at Adrian’s). Rested in p.m. in drawing-room with Max and Virginia. Tony out with Farrar and Jerry. Stayed tea and supper. Over to Studio, and on heath in p.m. Home 10.

Monday 4th January 1926

Woke late – 9.20! Did bati and wrote. Out to 25 York Street for Christina’s room. To Karaway’s to lunch. To Sales, but bought nothing. Home at 2.30. John and Alistair Danby to tea. Nell Sime called. Quiet evening, doing scarf. Dinner from C’s.

Tuesday 5th January 1926

Out to Hampstead. Called at Ayrton’s with burnous. Walked over heath to 47 Hampstead Way for letters. Ate Eustace Miles’ biscuits on way. Bus to 48 Queen’s Gardens. Helped Miss Boyd at Hospital Library. Wrote 34 letters. Home to dinner. Scarf. Heard André Maurois.

André Maurois (1885 – 1967) was a French author of novels, biographies, histories, children’s books and science fiction stories.

Wednesday 6th January 1926

Showery. Mild.
Out to Libraries and wrote 26 letters. Train to Sloane Square. Met Teeds and gave her lunch at Queen’s Restaurant. Both to “Farmer’s Wife” (Eden Phillpotts) at Court Theatre. Tea there. Back to Elm Park Road. Talked and sewed with Polly and Dorothy. They to De Glehn’s to meet Eva Charteris about Sargent. I supper with Teeds. She played on piano. I home. Tried on Dutch dress.

Floods all over Europe. Thames floods.

Thursday 7th January 1926

Heavy showers. Cooler.
Hard doing baticolor. Christina called at 1. I ate biscuits and bus to Lilley and Skinner sale. Bought shoes. Paid electricity bill. Bus to Paddington. Helped at Hospital Libraries 2.30 – 5. About 30 letters. Met Chris at Earl’s Court. Over rooms Philbeach Gardens, 30, with her. Home 8.15. Ironed scarf. Dinner. Soup. Sewed Dutch dress.

Friday 8th January 1926

Walked to Kenya Place for coffee. Bought bread. Lunch at Lyon’s, Oxford Street. Walked home. Rested on bed till 5.30. Dressed in Dutch dress. To 47 Hampstead Way. Embleton’s just back from Wengen. Dinner with them. To Ayrton’s 9 p.m. Fancy Dress Party in Studio. 32. Fun, dancing, penny game. Crumb. Cushion (handing) – Carr’s, Longdon’s, Murray, Besick’s, L. Baumer’s., Arkwright. Sheringham in taxi with Longdon’s and Besick’s at 12.15. Home.

Saturday 9th January 1926

John came for his stick. Out at 12.15 – to Chappell’s. To Harries. Walked to English Speaking Union. Lunch there. Wrote E.P. Bus to Badminton. Embleton’s to Willis so not at Badminton. 10 people to play only. Bus home. Rested. Dinner. Mr C cooked it.

Embleton’s arrive home 8th.
3rd Library appeal.
Ayrton’s 3rd all day.
To Miss Boyd’s 48 Queens Gardens any p.m. except Friday.
8th – 9p.m. to Ayrton’s
9th Badminton begins (cheque) 1.10.0.
4th John and Alistair to tea.
6th Teeds to theatre with me. 2.15 Court. Queens Restaurant 1.15.
Wrote E.P. 9th.

Sunday 10th January 1926

Fine and mild.
Quiet a.m. changing sheet and doing batik. Lunch from C’s. Out at 2.30; walked to St Johns Wood. Bus to Swiss Cottage. Walked to Church Row. Called in. Max, Alan and Virginia walked across Heath with me. I on to 47 Hampstead Way. Teeds there. Tea and supper. Barbara to tea. Mink to supper. Wireless. In car with Teeds to 6 Elm Park Road. I stayed at Golders Green.

Monday 11th January 1926

All in car to Thew’s at 10.15. I home. Lunch from C’s. Out to Paddington to see Teeds off. Wrong train. Home. To Euston 4.4. with Eva to Kings Langley. Met by H. in car. Up with Cynthia Pemberton and Jackie Falk. Tea game. Cleared room. Dressed, dined. Dance till 2 a.m.! Darcy and Kenneth Edmondson. Machell. Douglas Buchanan. Fun. Slept with Eva.

Tuesday 12th January 1926

Very fine. Cold.
Breakfast 9.30. All 4 young men staying in village, up to breakfast. Some walked, some in car to station 10.45 train. To Euston. Eva and I to Golders Green. Lunch there. Rested, slept in p.m. John Willis staying. Mrs Abbott and Ruth (Wengen friend) to tea. Barbara after. Dennis at 6.30. Took Abbott’s and me in car. I dined at home. To see Helen Wilson after. Home at 10.

Wednesday 13th January 1926

Fine. Cold.
Quiet a.m. tidying. Trimmed black hat (chiffon velvet). Lunch in room (cheese). Out at 1.30 to Selfridge’s and Chappell’s. To Academy Private View – Sargent’s. Elsa took me. Met Poz and Doz and Coley, Tonks, Steer, Anna Tadema, Maudsley, Lewis Baumer. To tea at Art’s Club. Max, Major Longdon, Anthony Burnard, other Burnard, Sir Owen Williams, Mrs Anninsg Bell, Tait. Walked home. Dinner.

Thursday 14th January 1926

Very cold. Snow.
To Care Committee at 10.30. Paid 4 visits first. Home. Ate lunch in room. Out at 1.20 to Queen’s Gardens. Wrote letters from 1.50 to 3.50. Knobs there too. On to 6 Elm Park Road at 4.30. Tea. Alys and Eva and Phil there. Games, matches, tiddlywinks, skittles, card in hat. Knitting needles and counters. Hop-la. Home.

Friday 15th January 192

Very cold.
Out to shops. Up to Alys to lunch and to dinner and walked to Hampstead in snow. Back in p.m. Lighted fire. Embleton’s to Dorrie’s to tea. Tobogganing. Lois and Eric and Dorothy to dine at 7.30. Curry. Games “Missing letter”. Very cold.

Saturday 16th January 1926

6 above zero. Hampstead in evening.
Out to watchmaker’s. Home. Lunch in room. Walked across Park in fur coat, in snow to Kensington. Badminton. I poured out tea, as Mr M. late. Home in car. Dinner by fireside. Read. Sewed. To bed.

Teeds goes 2.30.
11th Kitty’s dance with Eva.
14th to tea at F.B’s. Sargent Exhibition opens.
15th Lois, Eric and Dorothy to dine.
13th Sent A.H. Boxing tickets to H. Jacobs for 28th.
Hard frost. Pipes burst everywhere.

Sunday 17th January 1926

A long time getting off. Up to Alys at 1 o’clock for dinner. At 4 they tobogganing. I to Lewis Baumer’s to tea. Ayrton’s there. Back with them to supper. Very nice. Adrian in evening.

Monday 18th January 1926

Cold. Rain in evening.
Unwell. Did washing. To enquire after Enie Buchanan. And she had died of pneumonia. On to Alys’. To shops with them. To lunch 47 Hampstead Way. Out tobogganing on Bunker’s Hill with Phil. Home. Helped Alys and Eva with sewing. Tea and dinner. All 5 to Charlot’s Revue at Hippodrome in evening. Dennis colded.

Tuesday 19th January 1926

Mild. Damp.
Alys, Eva and I to shops. Jumper wool. Phil playing tains. Home to lunch. Dennis with car at 2. All to Waterloo. Eva off to school at 3. On to Victoria. Phil off to school 4.35. Alys and I had tea at Gorringe’s. To 21 Oxford Terrace. Alys had dinner with me, and went to meet Dennis at 10 at Medical Place. I bathed upstairs. To bed 11.

Wednesday 20th January 1926

Mild. Fine-ish.
Dressed and washed stockings. Wrote Miss Field. At 12.45 with Colonel Claridge to 4 Melcombe Place. To Enie’s funeral service. Kit there, Bertie, Jack, Tom and Cecil. Home 1.40. Tony Ayrton to lunch. Both to Royal Academy (Sargent Exhibition) to tea with “Knobs” 27 Manchester Street. I home at 6. Fire. Sat and finished “War and Peace’. To bed 10 or so.

Thursday 21st January 1926

Raw, damp. Cold.
Woke 8.55! Up. Mended stockings and coat. Out to Wade’s with her clock. Ate lunch at Euston. To Shoolbred’s. 27 bus to Paddington. Helped write Red Cross Library letters all p.m. Tea with Boydie and Knobs there. Walked home. Rested on bed. Dinner. Wrote Cousin Fanny, Chandler, E.M.M.

Friday 22nd January 1926

Rain. Cold.
Up late. Alys rang up and came at 11. Out to Agents to look for flats. Mount Street. To Lafayette’s. Alys got jumper suit. To Jones’ – lunch. To Gordon Mansions. To Piccadilly. Alys bought 2 hats at 5/- each. To 37a to look at flat. To Lafayette again. Home, via Agents in Edgware Road. Tea. Gloucester Terrace and Craven Terrace. Dennis called for Alys at 7. Curry.

Saturday 23rd January 1926

Mild. Showery.
Out to meet Alys and looked at Flats. Home. Ate lunch in room. Across park (with Tolstoi’s) and to Badminton. Walked. Played. Dorothy Barnard came. Alys, not Dennis (coldy). Home with Dorothy on 31st Supper with Polly and Dorothy and talked till 10. Home, carrying cheese. To bed 11.15.

19th Tony Ayrton
22nd 10 a.m. F. Road. Baths, after care.
19th Eva and Phil to school
17th to Lewis Baumer’s, 5 Greville Place.
23rd Supper at Family Barnard’s after Badminton.
Wrote E.P. 22nd

Sunday 24th January 1926
Mild. Damp.
Up late. Washed things. C.H.W. to dinner 1.30. With her to Albert Hall (Don Cossacks). Walked all the way. Tea at Lombardy Restaurant. She in 73. I walked to Notting Hill. 28 bus to Golders Green. To supper and night with Alys and Dennis. Teddy Berry in.

Monday 25th January 1926

Very mild and showers.
Dennis drove us into town and took my books and orange crate over. Busy arranging latter as dressing-table till 1.30. Lunch from C‘s (chop and apple-pie). Out to help at Red Cross libraries till 4.25. On to call on Miss Selous. Phyllis and Trevor’s and Maurice’s wives and children there. Home 6.15 Alys here, excited about flats.

Tuesday 26th January 1926

Mild. Damp.
Felt coldy. Did sewing. Out at 12.30, walked to Knightsbridge. Rowney’s for Bati. Lunch at Lyon’s. Bus to Badminton Match versus Eden Club. All of us (women only) beaten! Tea. Alys and I home in 27. Dennis called for Alys at 7.30. Curry. Wrote letters. To bed 9.30.

Wednesday 27th January 1926

Showers and sun, mild.
Stayed in bed till 11. Felt colded. Up and along to Prichard’s, Kilburn. Lunch there. To pay calls for After-Care Committee. Miss Field’s cases and 2 of my care Committee ones. Rain! Home. Rested in bed, tea there. Alys came at 6.15. Talked about flat. Fire. She stayed to dinner and Dennis called for her at 11 p.m.

Thursday 28th January 1926

Dull, some sun. Mild.
Met Alys at 10 at Colmley Gardens. Looked over flats. Also Domestic School, next door. Then Alys to meet Helen for shopping. I home and had lunch. Tidied work-drawer. Up to Golders Green. To Bank, notice of withdrawal. To 47 Hampstead Way. Tea. Walk on Heath with Brent at 3.30. Alys home 6.30. Dennis at 8.30 – all evening casting thing for lab. To bed all of us at 1.15. a.m.

Friday 29th January 1926

Mild. Fine.
With Dennis in car to College Crescent. To Bath’s. Meeting 10. After care. Alys met me. Taxi to 30 Theobalds Road. Saw Ernest about lease – Cholmley Gardens. To Kenneth Durward’s. Bought raincoat. To Lab. Lunch there. Left Jeff doing lease. To Marshall’s. Alys had dress and coat fitted. Back to Lab; tea and wrote Ernest. Alys home with me till 9.30. Dennis called for her. I dined.

Saturday 30th January 1926

Washed and ironed blue linen cover. Out to Hedges and Butler (Barsac) and bought umbrella and cakes. Back to lunch from C’s – eggs. Out at 2.30 to Badminton. Tired. Played and tea. Home. 5.30. Busy preparing for party. Polly at 7.15. Knoblock at 7.40. curry dinner. Polly away at 10.30. Knobs stayed on till 11.30. Very tired and sore throat-ish.

29th F.R. Baths. 10 a.m. after care.
26th Badminton Match 2.30.
1st Feb – Medical Inspection N5.
30th Miss Knoblock to dinner 7.30. And Polly
Wrote Cyrus and Simmonds about Chandler 26th

Sunday 31st January 1926

In bed till 1.10 with cough, hurting. Read “Process of Man’s Becoming”. Up to dinner 1.30. Back to bed and stayed there all day. Sleeping, reading. Listened-in to evening programme. To sleep at 11 or 11.30.

Monday 1st February 1926

Better. Up and Elsa phoned about Lyme Regis. Letter, photo and calendar for E.P. Did washing. Wrote E.P. Lunch from C’s early. Out to Bank and Post Office. Bus to Netherwood Street. To Medical Inspection at school, Infants – 2 til 4. Straight home. Tea. Rested. Dinner and veal stew and welsh rarebit. Listened-in and sewed trimming on black dress. To bed 10.30.

Tuesday 2nd February 1926

Mild. Showers.
Not well yet so stayed in. Sewed and washed things. Out only to phone Elsa. Lunch fish from C’s. Monte Baldo cheese. Ironed. Rested, slept. Tea. Alys came at about 6 and had dinner and spent evening. Dennis called at 10.10 for her. Listened in to Captain Tose of Antinoe.

Wednesday 3rd February 1926

Mild, rain in evening.
Woke 9.20. At 9.20 left and by busses to Chalk Farm. Meeting 10. Left at 10.35. Tube to Charing Cross. To Savoy Hotel. Met Kitty. She had her hair shingled by Bub. To lunch at Strand Palace. Taxi to Lyric Theatre – Alys, Kit and I in box. Saw “Lilac Time”, Schubert’s music. Very good. To Swan and Edgar and Kit bought hat. Taxi. Kit to Euston. Alys and I home to 21 Oxford Terrace. Alys away at 7.

Thursday 4th February 1926

Rainy, mild.
Out to Evan’s. Bought hat. To Chappell’s. Saw Bertie Buchanan. On to Piccadilly. Bus to Charing Cross. To Savoy. Had hair cut. To English Speaking Union lunch. To Elsa’s with her books. On by Golders Green. To 47 Hampstead Way. Took Brent on heath 3 – 4. Alys back to tea. I stayed. Dinner. Met Dennis Embleton at Hippodrome, Golders Green. All 3 saw Chauve-Souris. Slept at 47.

Friday 5th February 1926

Rainy, mild.
Out with Alys to Aunt Louie’s with Brent. Then she and I to Waterloo. Alys to meet Dolly – Guildford and to Portsmouth about Algys’ affairs. I lunch at Waterloo. Home, via Boots’ Library. Slept on bed. Tea. Sewed brown tweed coat and skirt all evening.

Saturday 6th February 1926

Mild, showery.
Ironed coat and skirt. Out to buy bread. Out at 12 to Chelsea. Lunch with Dorothy Barnard. With her to Badminton. Polly came and looked on, and had tea. Dorothy away to tea. I poured out. Home after tea. Sat and read. To bed early.

Medical Inspection 2 p.m. 1st. N.S.
2nd French lecture Antral Hall 4.30 and tea.
3rd Meeting 10 Haverstock Hil. Meet Kit at Savoy. “Lilac Time” 2.15 Lyric.
11 a.m. hairdressing Savoy. 12.30. 4th Savoy for self.
1st Wrote E.P.

Sunday 7th February 1926

Very dark, rain mild.
Up late. Electric light all day. Wrote Kit and Mr Eden. Lunch from C’.s Rested all p.m. At 4 up, dressed and to 26 Compayne. Tea there. Home packed. Supper from C’s. Farrell salad.

Lyme Regis

Monday 8th February 1926

Alys in for 10 minutes. I in taxi at 10.20 to Waterloo. Met Elsa. 11 train to Lyme Regis, Salisbury and Axminster. Sandwiches. To Mrs Hodder, 20 Portland View, Marine Parade. Arrived 3.30. Tea and dinner. Wrote Dorothy Barnard. To bed 10.15.

Tuesday 9th February 1926

Out for walk 10 – 11 behind on landslippy, wild. Rested p.m. Out on cobb after tea, and to town. Very jolly.

Wednesday 10th February 1926

Grey. Cold.
Out at 10.20. Walked to Charmouth and back. Very landslippy. Lunch 1. Rested. Wrote Alys and F.F.B. and Eva. Out at 5.30 to town. Read all evening. To bed 10.

Thursday 11th February 1926

Very dull. Cold.
Wrote Miss Chandler and Alys. Out with Elsa over house “Cobb House” and walked past station. Over cottage too, and to Agent. Lunch. Rested. Sewed shoe bag. I alone on Cobb. Supper 7. Knitted and read till 10.30.

lyme regis

Friday 12th February 1926

Stayed in till 11. All out to west and walked through woods. Lovely. Lunch. Rest. Tea. Out to town and shops and back. Damp. Read. To bed about 10.15. Max came on Friday evening.

Saturday 13th February 1926

Out at 11. To town in drizzle. Fine sea and air. Walked through Sherbourne Lane and inland by river and pointed bridge. Lunch. Rest. Out at little way after tea (to dine at Mrs Grattan’s; lobster, all very good).

Netherwood girls
11th 2.15 After Care Committee
11 a.m. 5th Waterloo for Lyme Regis
see 5th page memoranda at end.
Dorothy Barnard postcard of broken parade and our houses.

Eva – Cobb in distance.

Sunday 14th February 1926

Home; read by fire. To bed 10.20.


Monday 15th February 1926

Some rain. Some lovely sunshine. Mild.
Max away at 9 to London. Elsa and I packed. Then walked to station 11.50 to Axminster? Lunch on train and I off at Sherborne. Up to Ealhstan to see Eva, scalded leg and in bed. Frances too in sick-room. Out to shops and Abbey. Tea with Miss Perry. Saw Mrs Beamish, Miss Sempel. Eva again at 5. Train 5.37 to London. Dined on train. Alys and Dennis met me. Car home. To bed.

Tuesday 16th February 1926

Unpacked. Phoned Elsa. Sewed shoe-bags. Lunch from C’s. Alys came at 3.45. Both by busses to Golders Green. Tea and dinner. Dennis home to dine and out again to Pathology Meeting. Played with Brent and talked about flat and I slept at 47.

Wednesday 17th February 1926

Colder and rain.
Unwell. Took Brent on Heath. With Alys and Dennis to flat – 76 Cholmley Garddens. Measured with Alys. On to my flat. Got fur-coat. Lunch at Caraway’s and Sagne with Alys. Called for Dennis. To Sargent Exhibition (in car). Dennis took us after to English Speaking Union as so wet. Read and had tea there. I home. Alys to Lab. Rested. Curry dinner.

Thursday 18th February 1926

Met Alys 10.30 at Cholmley Gardens. Arranged about colourings. To Oxford Circus. Had lunch together at Court Restaurant. To Sanderson’s, Berners Street for papers for flat. To Shoolbred’s about removal. To Maple’s for tea. Walked to Lab and home with Dennis in car; dinner and slept there. Played with Brent.

Friday 19th February 1926

Mild and dry.
With Dennis in car to old Bank. Took dispatch box home. Arranged books (shelf fallen). To Foyle’s with books. Sold to Dobbell. Met Alys at English Speaking Union Lunch there. To Ridley Exhibition (F. F. Baxter). Home. Coffee. Alys tried on dresses. She to Dennis and to Cave’s for weekend. I moulded hats over steam. Curry.

Saturday 20th February 1926

Met Elsa at Debenham’s. Looked at coats and at Reville’s. Home. Lunch from C’s. Out to Badminton. Home. Quiet evening. Dinner from C’s.

22nd 5 p.m.
19th Meet Dorothy Barnard 12.55 Queen’s Road, Singer Sargent.

Sunday 21st February 1926

Fine, cooler.
Out to see Lucy Brewtnall at 7 Trebovir Road. Took her Albert Hall tickets. Home to lunch. Out to call on Baxter’s (away). To Albert Hall to meet Lucy. In box. Sir H. Lauder next .Tea at Café Lombardy with Lucy and both tube to Golders Green. Supper at Faraday’s. Mr Williams there. Nice evening. Home at 12.

Monday 22nd February 1926

Very fine. Sun. Kit phoned and I to King’s Langley 9.40 and she drove us to Oxford. Lunch with Handy and Darcy in Handy’s rooms at University. Out and bought ties for Dennis in the “High”. Drove to Peter’s Field. Tea, dinner. Stayed night. To bed about 9.30. Hot bath.

Tuesday 23rd February 1926

Dull, some rain.
Kit drove us to Golders Green. Called at 47 (Alys out).   To Hampstead (Mr Wells and Elsa). To William Miles’. In for 20 minutes. To my flat. On to Court Restaurant. Lunch there. To Marshall’s At 3, I met Elsa and to Reville’s Mannequin parade. Tea at Lewis. Tax home (Elsa’s). Quiet evening. To bed 9.45.

Wednesday 24th February 1926

Mild. Rather fine.
Out to buy bread and took Dispatch box to Bank. To Boots’ Library. To Hughes for my photo to be taken. To Cokes with umbrellas. Walked down Bond Street. Bus to Chelsea. Lunch with Polly and Dorothy. Away and walked to 30 Philbeach gardens to call on Christina (away). Bus home. Tea 5.30. Did baticolor work all evening. Dinner. Listened-in.

Thursday 25th February 1926

Very fine. Mild.
Out at 9.45. To Gospel Oak. Visited Myopic and M.D. Schools. Walked to Chalk Farm. School. Tube to Golders Green. Alys met me. Lunch with her. Both to Shoolbred’s. Then furniture shops. I home alone. Susie Zileri to tea.

Friday 26th February 1926

Fine and mild.
Did batik in a.m. Out at 12.30. To Furniture shops, Tottenham Court Road. Lunch at Jones. To Army and Navy Stores. Home. Out to tea with Mrs Enthoven, Paul’s friend. Home. Did baticolour all evening. About 3 hours and listened in to Rooster’s Village Concert.

Saturday 27th February 1926

Dull, mild.
Out at 11.15 to Rowney’s, then to Royal Academy. Met Auntie Kate Davey and Olive Watt. Saw Sargents. Lunch there. To Badminton. Jolly. Wore crêpe de chine. Spencer, new man. To 6 Elm Park Road. Supper with Dorothy Barnard and very nice evening. Talk of giving up Ironsides and C. Home about 11.

22nd County Hall.
21st Lucy Brewntall 5 p.m. Duchess of Atholl.
S. Z. 25th tea 4.30
23rd p.m. Reville.
Wrote E.P. 25th
26th 4.30 to Mrs Enthoven
24th To Barnard’s to lunch
27th Auntie Kate. Sargents 11.30.
To Dorothy Barnard supper.

Sunday 28th February 1926

Fine. Colder.
Did scarf. Wadie to dinner 1.30. At 3.30 I to Golders Green. Tea and supper at 47 (Helen and Tony there to dinner and tea). Back in car with them, but back to sleep at 47 Hampstead Way.

Monday 1st March 1926

All a.m. doing attic boxrooms with Alys. Lunch and to shops. At 3 or so, Jessie away, to Brent, Devon. Great weepings. Alys and I out with Brent (dog) on heath and then to Lab, taking Brent too. Dennis drove me home to 21 Oxford Terrace. Dinner and early to bed.

Tuesday 2nd March 1926

out at 11 to meet Alys at Cholmley Gardens. All a.m. there. Home to 47 to lunch. Did attics, Edward’s papers, photos, etc. all p.m. Tea. Burnt papers. Dennis at meeting. Alys and I dinner and to bed 10.10.

Wednesday 3rd March 1926

Fine, but showers.
Out at 9.20 to Mansfield Road. School meeting 10. On to Kilburn; visits for After-care and Care Committee. Lunch at Pritchard’s. Medical Inspection 2 – 4. Expected Dorothy Barnard to tea but didn’t come. Home to tea.

Thursday 4th March 1926

Very cold. Snow.
Met Alys at Thew’s (me: dentist). Took rug to Davis. To Shoolbred’s and Maple’s with Alys about carpets. To Army and Navy Stores. Lunch there. To Chappell’s. Back to Maple’s. Home to tea at 21 Oxford Terrace. Dennis called for Alys at 8.15. I sewed and listened-in. To bed 10.

Friday 5th March 1926

Cold. Fine.
Phoned Alys. She and Dennis to Sherborne for weekend. Sent off my dress to Dorothy. To Boots, Woolworth’s. Lunch from C’s. Wrote radio “Which”. Up to 47 Hampstead Way. Bus and tram. Took Brent a walk on Heath. Tea and dinner at 47. Slept there.

Saturday 6th March 1926

Very fine, mild.
Out long walk with Brent and back by wood. Dorothy to shops. Tried to clean candlestick. After lunch, took Brent in tube Hampstead. To Library. Walked back. Vale of Heath. Tea, dinner. To Everyman to see Mr Pepys by Clifford Bax and Martin Shaw (Ranalow, Isabel Jeans) with Max. He saw me home.

4th collect mattress
6th to 47 for weekend
3rd Medical Inspection
28th Wade to lunch
5th call at Hughes for photos
2nd cape ready

Sunday 7th March 1926

Dull, mild.
Read “Free Air” Sinclair Lewis. Took Brent up and met Elsa. Sat on sea. Back with her to studio. Murray and Sheringham. Walked home. Dinner. Read. Lois and Eric with car and to Albert Hall. Dorothy took Brent out. Barbara and friend about piano. Dorothy to church later. To bed 10.

Monday 8th March 1926

Fine. Mild.
Went to see Sissie (in bed) and Leiie Moir with Brent and in wood with him. Lunch at 47. Read “Border Legion” Zane Grey. Alys home at 3. To meet her. She and I in bus. She to meet Kitty. I tea at Compayne. Mr and Mrs Chestnutt Chesney and Miss Watts. Home. Dinner. Knitted.

Tuesday 9th March 1926

Very cold. Dull. Showers.
To meet Alys to Cholmley Gardens. With her there and then home with her. Lunch. Took Brent out a little. Did a lot of tying up parcels for Peter Dean. Dorrie and her baby, Dennis, to tea (uninvited). I away at 6. Home to dinner and quiet evening. Hot bath.

Wednesday 10th March 1926

Cold. Very fine.
Wrote letters. Alys in! Back with her and did books all day. Sorting to sell at Army and Navy. Lunch there. Took Brent out. Alys home with me at 6. Did up my kettle for Army and Navy. Alys back with Dennis in car. I dinner and sewed.

Thursday 11th March 1926

Cold. Dull.
To meeting at Netherwood Street 10.30. Took baby clothes. To Mrs Wickham. Home to lunch. Did Batik all p.m. Tea. Out to have supper with Dorothy, and took her my fur-coat to wear to Stanway. Home at 10.

Friday 12th March 1926

Cool. Dull.
Elsa came at 10.30 in taxi. With her to Bradley’s, Harrod’s, Harvey’s (lunch there) and Woolland’s and Pluchino’s. To Church Row in taxi. Rested. Tea. Max home. Out on Heath with Esla and Jerry. Rest. Dinner. I home at 10. Walked from Warran Street.

Saturday 13th March 1926

Mild. Fine.
Up before breakfast to buy butter and bread. Phoned Alys, Polly, Styer’s. Out to shop for umbrella and to Wade with £4. Home. Out and lunch at Paddington. On to Badminton. Very jolly. Played better. To see Olive Watt after Phoned Elsa for K. Murray’s rooms. Home. Dined and did batik all evening. To bed. Alan Cobham on wireless 10.45.

11th Care Committee
10.30. Kingsgate.
11th Tea 4 p.m. with Christina. Supper Elm Park Road.
13th Olive Watt, 2 Leonard Place W.8 after Badminton
12th With Elsa in a.m.
14th To 47 Hampstead Way

Sunday 14th March 1926

Unwell. Worked at Batik scarve. To 6 Elm Park Road to lunch 12.45 with Poz and Lucy to zoo all p.m. To 47 Hampstead Way to tea with Lucy. Away and with Lucy to Leicester Square. Saw her off to South Kensington and walked to Bond Street. Bus home. Own supper (cheese) at 8. To bed 9.

London Zoo 1926

Monday 15th March 1926

Dull. Cool.
Busy at home. Lucy at 1 o’clock. Had lunch with me here. To Selfridge’s with her and other shops – Liberty’s. Bus from Piccadilly. Saw her in to 31 and I to tea with Christina. Home via Rowney’s. Walked across Park. Sewed fur on cape. Hot bath.

Tuesday 16th March 1926

Dull. Cold.
Out to meet Alys at Sanderson’s about wall-papers. Home. Mrs Styer called for me in car, and Mrs Doran. Lunch with them and Dorothy, Gollant’s at 12 Wedderburn Road. To Alys to tea. She very tired. Dennis out. Dinner and to bed at 9.20 at 47 Hampstead Way.

Wednesday 17th March 1926

Dull. Cold. Dennis drove me home via Helen’s (Tony measles). I then to 1 Northcourt (2 ward). To Mrs Vernor Miles’ sale at Conservatoire. To Comedy Restaurant to luncheon War Refugee Committee Reunion. Barsdorf’s. To Shoolbred’s Mannequin Show. To Bourne and Hollingsworth. To Ladies’ League. To Regent and Bond – hair cut. Home. Sorted out clothes.

Thursday 18th March 1926

Dull. Cold.
Out with parcel to Minnie and to sell clothes. Also out again to buy cakes for tea-party. Home to lunch. C’s. Alys came at 3 with flowers. Josephine and Pamela and Edith Baumer and Paul Leigh Hunt to tea. I to Lab with Alys and back in car. Got own supper by fireside. To bed 9.45.

Friday 19th March 1926

Dull. Cold.
Made hat in a.m. Lunch from C’s. Out to Alys’ early in p.m. Helped her with curtains. To tea at Sissie’s. Alys along with Brent. Walked back with her. Home at 7.30. Dinner from C’s. Early to bed. Listened-in till 10.30.

Saturday 20th March 1926

Dull. Very cold.
Out to Private View at Royal Institute Watercolours. Bad, Tommy Carr and Ciceley there (6 Oakhill). Met Jim Archer in Piccadilly. Ate lunch at English Speaking Union. To Badminton. Last one. To Golders Green by 28. Dennis at Dolly’s for weekend. I with Alys. Slept together. Sewed curtains.

17th Reunion Lunch? War Refugee Committee
18th Lois Baumer
16th To Mrs Styer’s to lunch.1.15 she will come.
15th To Chris 4 p.m.
Letter to E.P. 16th
19th Tea at Sissie’s.

Sunday 21st March 1926

Very, very cold. Dull. Some sun.
Did more curtains. Took fork to Slater’s and Brent out on Heath. Sewed in p.m. Dorothie out. Barbara called. Alys and I out with Brent, long walk. Supper. Sang old songs, last time on dear piano! To bed 10.30. Together.

Monday 22nd March 1926

Very, very cold wind. Dull.
Very busy doing play-room – bricks, lines, engines. Lunch. Did stamps, maps, photos up. I to tea with Nell Sime; to 76 Cholmley Gardens on way. Home at 7. Listened-in and read.

Tuesday 23rd March 1926

Met Alys at 76 (garage). Home with her. Flury took electic fittings. Piano gone. Busy doing odd jobs all day. Alys packing. Slept at 47 Hampstead Way for last time!

Wednesday 24th March 1926

Sunny, warmer.
The removal men came from Shoolbred’s and started packing. They to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 1. Alys over there and Dennis (how packed wireless all a.m). I stayed and took Brent on Heath. Over to 76 with 2nd load and I there on bus after tea. Stayed till 8, then home to dinner. Alys and Dennis back at 7.30 to Hampstead Way to dine and sleep. Very tired.

Thursday 25th March 1926

Milder, dullish.
Out at 9 to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Stayed till 12. Dennis came for me to 47 with him and then lunch at Lab (Alys at 76). Back to 47. He took Dorothie to 76. Played with Brent and packed things. Shoolbred’s men at 6 till 7.30. No lights. Teddy Berry (me: my grandfather – married Eva!) to the rescue! Dennis fetched me and Brent at 7.30. To 76. Dennis and I dined at 21 Oxford Terrace.

Friday 26th March 1926
Dull and dark. Mild.
Stayed in all a.m. waiting for bookcase from Shoolbred’s. Wrote Kitty, Doz. Bookcase came 12.20. Had lunch and then to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Out with Alys and Brent – dustbins. Phoned “Meals by Motor”. Tea. Busy about flat. I home to dinner 8 p.m. Hot bath.

Saturday 27th March 1926

To Alys in a.m. and stayed all day’ going out with Brent, phoning and arranging pictures – Eva’s room. Teddy Berry to tea. Dennis in with “Spencer” to tea late; all 3 to supper. I to 6 Elm Park Road to supper. Home 10.30.

25th Kath Buchanan’s confirmation, High Wycombe
22nd to tea at Nells
27th supper 6 Elm Park Road

Sunday 28th March 1926

Dull. Cool.
Washed and ironed. To Alys’ at 11. Did various things. Dinner from “Meals by Motor” 1/6 each. Made Phil’s room curtains in evening. For walk with Brent. Dennis and Alys to Farm and then Platt’s Lane by Leg o’ Mutton pond. Home after supper.

Monday 29th March 1926

Dull, darkish.
Woke 8.45. To Shoolbred’s about Alys wardrobes. To Victoria to meet Phil 11.25. Alys, Dennis and Brent too. Home in car and rest of day at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Home to dinner at 21 Oxford Terrace. Coldy. Dorothie felt ill and to bed.

Tuesday 30th March 1926

Very fine. Perfect.
Dorothie better. I off early to Alys. She out with Phil to Golders Green. I sewed tucks in Dennis’ shirts. Lunch. To Chalk Farm School at 2.30. back to Alys’ to tea. Wardrobes came. Gas-men all day. Dr Sopper to see D. King. Moved bookcases. Home to dinner. Wrote E.P. Dorothy Barnard phoned about Grosvenor.

Wednesday 31st March 1926

Very fine.
To Lafayettes and Kardomah and Kensington shops for taffeta dress. Unsuccessful. To Alys’ by 28. Dorothie in bed, flu? Helped with meals. After tea Alys and Phil to Lab. Phil splinter in fingernail. I home at 7.50. Dined. Wrote Aunt Bella.

Thursday 1st April 1926

Perfect day and warm.
Saw death of Grosvenor in Times. To Boots’ for Colonel House book and wool. To Fuller’s for cakes. To Alys’. Muddled about. Laid cloth. Dorothie King well and out. Lunch. Phil and I to Leg o’ Mutton with Brent. Hot! Rested. Alys too. Rest. Out with Alys. Helped fix glass shelf. Home at 7.30. Dinner. Did cape. Bath.

Friday 2nd April 1926

Fine. Hot Perfect. 72 degrees.
Out to Alys at 11. After washing stockings and ironing cape. Out for walk to Dorrie’s through Golder’s Hill with Alys and Brent. Phil cut his finger badly in p.m. Read to him. Tea. Dennis carpentering on balcony. Alys and Phil out. I home to dinner 7.35. Goodbye to Dorothie King.

Saturday 3rd April 1926

Fine. Hot. Not sunny.
Out to Motor Meals and on to Crematorium at 11 for Grosvenor’s funeral. Bourchier spoke. To Alys’ for rest of day. Dorothie left at 10 for Brent, Devon. Dorrie and Baby and Nurse to tea. Dennis to Laughton’s to supper. I home at 9.45 (we Meals by Motor).

L.L.C. School Hols 1st to 12th.
Phil returns 29th
Wrote E.P. 30th
Wrote Aunt Bella 31st
Polly and Dorothy to Portinscale with Coley – 31st.

Sunday 4th April 1926

Dull. Warm.
Washed stockings and wrote and arranged piece drawers. Wade to dinner 1.30. Sewed carpet. Embleton’s and Brent called for Wade and me and all up to tea at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Stayed on to supper. Dennis Embleton took C.H.W. and me (and chair). Home at 9. Phil too. Read in bed Colonel House’s papers.

colonel House
Edward Mandell House (1858 – 1938) was an American diplomat, and an adviser to President Woodrow Wilson.

Monday 5th April 1926

Very fine. Quite perfect.
Up to Alys’ very early. Did housework and cooking (cauliflower) with Alys. In p.m. Dennis and Phil drove me up to Elsa’. I had tea in garden with them. Walked to White Stone Pond. Crowds! I to Alys’ again for supper. I home about 9.30 by bus.

Tuesday 6th April 1926

Dull. Warm.
Up at 10 to Alys’. She out to town. Phil tennis with new friend. I did various jobs. Darned socks. Lunch (Alys back). She and Phil to Golders Green in p.m. Dennis home to tea! I took Brent a walk after tea. Supper. All drove to 21 Oxford Terrace for jars (nice) at 8.30 or 9.

Wednesday 7th April 1926

Heavy thunder showers. Fine intervals.
To Post Office, Spring Street. To Bishops Road to pay bill (mattress). 15 to Piccadilly. Walked through park to Passport Office. Lunch at Ex-Dairy. To Leicester Square. Stagg and M about taffeta frock. Bus to Alys’. Arrived 2.30. Dolly and John there. Helped with Eva’s room. Dorothy and John away before tea. I home to dinner. Letter from Kit with Jim Archer’s enclosure. Wrote Kit and J. A. Bath.

Thursday 8th April 1926

Rain much of day.
Up to breakfast. Began shot silk dress remaking. Out to Selfridge’s for pork-pie and Chappell’s. Then Waterloo. Met Eva 11.14. Back in car with all and Brent to 76 Compayne Gardens. Lunch there. Eva unpacked. Alys rested. Tea. I home at 6. Ironed shot dress, dined, sewed dress.

Friday 9th April 1926

Fine. Moderate.
Out to various shops for cakes and flowers. Home to lunch. Tidied rooms. Got tea ready. Kath Buchanan and Jim Archer to tea at 4.30. Away 5.45. I sewed shot dress and listened in. To bed 10.15.

Saturday 10th April 1926

I unwell. Out at 10.15 to Alys’. Helped with work. Alys and Phil to buy flannel trousers. Eva and I got lunch ready and did rooms. Rested in p.m. Phil in garden cycling. Dennis back to tea (with Brent). Alys and Dennis out after tea and Eva and I washed up. I home at 7.15.

Eva returns 8th. Care Committee? 8th
Manager’s Meeting 7th?
Kath and Jim Archer tea 4 or 5 – 9th
Wrote Ella and Aunt Bella 9th

Sunday 11th April 1926

Dull and very cold and wind.
Indoors doing odd jobs and silk dress. Dinner 1.30 from C’s. Sewed, lined corner cupboard shelves. Out at 3.30 to Hampstead – called at Styer’s (away), at Comyns Carr’s 6 Oakhill (away), on by tube to Moir’s. On to Sissie’s. Stayed to supper there. Home 9.45. Embleton’s to Willises.

Monday 12th April 1926

Fine. Cool.
Had hair cut. Up to Alys’. Maid from Meals by Motor for 2 hours. Alys and Eva to Evans’. Lunch in kitchen. Eva and Phil played tennis all p.m. We rested. Jack Willis to tea. I home at 7. Dinner. Wadie called and we listened-in to A. J. Alan on B.B.C. and talked. To bed 10.

Tuesday 13th April 1926

Fine-ish. Warmer.
Up to Alys. Took Brent out for walk. All had lunch early. I took Eva and Phil to see “Pollyanna” and “Kiki” at Marble Arch. Mary Pickford and Norma Talmadge and Colson. Good. Tea at Lyons. I saw them on bus and walked home. Turned out old bookcase photographs. Dinner from C’s. Wrote Eden.


Wednesday 14th April 1926

Fine. Warm in a.m.
Up to Alys early. She and Eva out to shop in town. I had lunch with Phil alone in kitchen. Rested. Took Brent out in a.m. Alys and Eva back 3.30 and Helen and Tony to tea. I home at 4.30. Dressed. Walked to Baxter’s across Kensington Gardens. Dinner 6.30 there. Mr Woolworth and Miss Van Dressler too. All to Old Vic. Romeo and Juliet. Very, very good. Edith Evans – nurse. Vosper – Romeo. Nell Cater – Juliet. Baliol Holloway – Mercutio. Garside – Friar and Scene painter or designer?

Thursday 15th April 1926

In all a.m. Sewed short dress. Christensen’s leave. Miss Ladd and Lizzie come. Out at 1 .Walked to J. P. Restaurant. Lunch. To Chappell’s. Walked on to Passport Office. To Army and Navy Stores. To 6 Elm Park Road to tea and supper with Dorothy. Polly at Sopley. Home about 10.


Friday 16th April 1926

Dull. Showers.
Wrote. Walked to Mrs Ladd. Packed suitcase. Ate bread and cheese lunch at home. Dennis came for me at 3. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. All had coffee and off in car. Through Barnet to Diss, Norfolk. Arrived Scole at 8. Dinner and spent night at Inn, kept by Captain Wade-Palmer. Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Saturday 17th April 1926

Heavy showers. Sunny. Cool.
On at 10.30 to Southwold, via Halesworth. To call on Tom Palmer. On beach. Lunch at Swan. Rested. Out to Walberswick. Tea there. Bell Inn (poor). Brent sick! Home to Swan and dined and slept there.


Barnard’s back to Chelsea -13th
14th dine and Old Vic with Baxter’s.
15th tea or supper Chelsea or Wednesday lunch.

Sunday 18th April 1926

Fine, sunny.
Out on beach in a.m. Dennis and I walked round by duke and bridge. Called on Palmers. Lunch 1. Rested. Out 3.30 to Easton Broad. Tea there. Walked back. Dinner. Red, and chess – Alys and Phil. To bed 9.45. Alys and Eva and I together in room.


Monday 19th April 1926

Thunder storms. Cool..
off to look for Palmer. Off via Ferry, Saxmundham, Ipswich. Lunch at The Cups, Colchester. On and home 76 Cholmley Gardens to tea 5.30. Dennis To Lab. I stayed to dinner (Meals by Motor) and also night.

Tuesday 20th April 1926

Dull (fine early). Rain later.
Breakfast in kitchen. Dennis took me home in car. Out and lunch at Evans’. Walked in rain to Piccadilly. Tube Dover Street to West Kensington. Called on Miss Chandler. 45 minutes. Bus to Charing Cross. Cook’s for ticket and money. Hoe. Talk to Miss Palmer. Out to dine with Knobs and with her to Composers’ Concert. Faculty of Arts, Golden Square.

Wednesday 21st April 1926

Rain, showers.
Eva (with Dennis) here, and I with her to have her hair-cut. Both via Eresby Road and to 76 Compayne Gardens. I on to lunch at 26 Compayne Road. To Netherwood Street, Medical Inspection 2 – 4. To 76 Cholmley Gardens to tea with Eva and Phil (Alys out being shingled!) I to dine at Ayrton’s. Elsa and Max walked to bus with me by Frognal. Home 10.15.

Thursday 22nd April 1926

To Euston and by 10.50 to Kings Langley. Kit and children met me in car. Talked and in garden a little. Chinchilla rabbits, Julia Mannering and Toby, new. Lunch. Rests. Peter’s engine. Babbitt. Tea. Knitting. Dinner. Peter and George played duets and solos. To bed 10. Warm bath.

Friday 23rd April 1926

Dull. Cool.
Up at 7.40. Sudden lumbago came on before breakfast. Took aspirin. Sat and knitted. At 10.35 to station in car 10.45 to Euston. Home by bus. Got own lunch – porridge, egg, milk, figs. Slept on bed in p.m. Wrote E. P. Out to post with great difficulty and stick! Got oranges and meat. Did income tax papers.

Saturday 24th April 1926

Cold. Dull.
Got breakfast with difficulty. Pain and stiffness. Alys came. Bought things for me. Wadie came at 12. We had lunch. I in bed. Got up at 3. Wrote Aunt Bella postponing visit. Dennis and Alys in car to fetch me. Wadie too to 76 Cholmley Gardens. I stayed, and slept in little room.

To Kit’s 22nd? 3 or 3.30.
To Chandler 20th?
April 28th – Boxing (Amateur Championships)
To Brussels – 27th
21st lunch 12.45 Miles’ and Medical Inspection 2 p.m. Netherwood
21st dine Elsa’s.
Wrote E.P. 23rd
Ayrton’s sail 24th

Sunday 25th April 1926

Dull, then heavy rain and N.E.
Listened-in to service from Amsterdam. Stayed in bed all day. Read Colonel House’s papers. Knitted. Alys got all meals. Dennis worked in garage and Phil at times. Dennis, Eva and Phil out in rain with Brent after tea. Very wet.

Monday 26th April 1926

Stayed in bed darning socks and stockings. Eva out tennis with Phil, and very tired. I got up to tea and felt better. Sat up to dinner. To bed 10.

Tuesday 27th April 1926

Stayed in bed till 4. Darning, etc. Alys very tired, but took Brent to Farm. After tea, Alys and Phil to Daniel Neal’s and to fetch my oil. Lloyd-George speech in evening.

Daniel Neal, Portman Square

Wednesday 28th April 1926

Dull. Dark.
Up at 11. Made Alys rest. Pitch dark in a.m. Eva and I got lunch, spaghetti. Rested p.m. and got tea. Teddy Berry to supper. Too wet for tennis. Played Red Nines. Birkenhead and Reading speeches at Pilgrim (me: Society) Dinner.

Thursday 29th April 1926

Finer, warmer.
Back almost quite well. Up at about 11. Phil and Eva played tennis. Alys out. After lunch, Alys tennis too. Rested. Got tea. Sewed for Phil’s school things. Alys and Phil played chess. “Lady Windemere’s Fan” on wireless. I wrote wire to Post Office.

Friday 30th April 1926

Up at 10. Alys out shopping with Phil. Lovely lunch. Took Brent to Farm. Wrote Jim Archer. Other 3 played tennis. Dennis back for Phil and Alys, Dennis and Phil in car, but back to tea as Phil sick so not to station for school.

Saturday 1st May 1926

Fine. Mild.
I mended Dennis’ trousers and not up till 12.45. They tennis (4?) Eva read to Phil. Lunch. Kedgeree. Dennis in car at 3, and Eva, he and Phil to Brighton 3.30. Taking Phil to school. Alys and I tea and supper alone. Dennis and Eva back at 9.30. Dinner.

Sissie called.
Exciting breakdown between coal-owners and miners. General strike of trains, bus, on Monday?


Sunday 2nd May 1926

Fine. Very windy.
Dennis, Eva, Alys tennis at about 1 till 2. Lunch. Cold meat, corn, potatoes. Read. Dusted. Expected Polly and Dorothy and Conrad. Didn’t come. Dennis and Alys out for walk. Supper. Tired.

Monday 3rd May 1926

Very fine.
I unwell. I over with Dennis to fetch things from 21 Oxford Terrace and home by bus to Alys. Alys and Eva out to shops and lunch. Polly and Dorothy to tea. Jack Willis at 10.30 to stay night, because of strike. Strike began 12.

Tuesday 4th May 1926

Housework. No newspapers. Eva with Dennis and Jack and Miss Foster and another in car. Alys and I had lunch. Dennis back with Eva and Miss Roland. Took me to 21 Oxford Terrace. Showed Miss Roland gas. She to sleep there during strike. Home to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Dennis made 2 journeys bringing people home.

Wednesday 5th May 1926

Dull. Cool. Rain a.m.
Phone put in. Sewed at Eva’s dress. Alys made Eva’s jumper. She and Eva to lunch at shop. I at home with Brent. Sewed and rested. Tea. I out with Brent – little walk. Dennis home 7.30. Listened-in in evening. Home Secretary, Joynson Hicks appeal for Special Constables.

Scan 34 copy
Brent and Philip on Hampstead Heath

Thursday 6th May 1926

Housework. Rested. Took Brent and Alys and Eva and I all up to Hampstead Library. Saw Tony Ayrton and his bulletin outside. Watched buses with volunteer drivers.

Friday 7th May 1926

First day without Bonas (servant). Alys, Eva and I went to Compayne. Tea there. Left Brent alone.

Saturday 8th May 1926

Took Brent out in a.m. Jack Willis came back with Dennis to lunch. Dennis out in car to Marylebone. Helen and Tony called. We all 5 to Hippodrome “Enchantress”. Ethel Irving and Lady Forbes-Robertson.

Eva goes back this week 7th
L.C.C. story and Football – Strikers versus police, Chief Constable’s wife kicked off. Plymouth.

the times


Sunday 9th May 1926

Housework. Broadcast 1 o’clock news bulletin to everyone in flats. After we all 5 of us on Heath with Brent. Tea. Supper. Lord Grey broadcast speech. Dennis and Alys with Jack to Metropole.

Monday 10th May 1926

I to shops with Brent. Bought papers. Dorrie and Barbara to tea. Eva played tennis with Barbara. Teddy Berry in evening.

Tuesday 11th May 1926

Windy. Cold.
Alys and Eva to Golders Green. Buses driven by plus fours. I out after lunch. Eva’s trunk packed. Dinner. Then Alys, Dennis and Eva to meet Jack Willis at “Rose-Marie”. I listened-in and to bed 10.15.


Wednesday 12th May 1926

Shower. Windy.

Up at 6.30. Dennis, Eva and I off at 8 to Sherborne. Called for Joan Rooke. Puncture at Ludwell. 12.30. Lunch there. Grove Inn. Sherborne 2. Left 3. Tea Ludwell. Two more punctures. Redsice Road and at Yately Common. Garage Andover. Dinner Whitchurch (George). Fatal motor accident to Benjamin Rice. Delayed us about 2 hours. Near Camberley and Blackwater. Home at 2 a.m. about.

grove arms

Thursday 13th May 1926

Slept late. Headache. Out with Alys to Golders Green on bus (volunteers). Alys to town for shoes. I lunch at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Rested. Head better after rest at 6.30. Alys back and out with Brent. Jack to dinner and sleep. Teddy Berry in.

Friday 14th May 1926

Dull. Thunder.
Housework. To shops. Alys to meet Dennis at 3 and they both in Hirst’s car to inquest on Rice at Blackwater. Not home till 8.45. All dinner together late.

Saturday 15th May 1926

Finer. Cold.
Telegram to Aunt Bella. To shops for Alys. Oatmeal. Dennis back at 2.20. Got tea and dinner with Alys. All 3 took Brent to Leg o’ Mutton for walk after tea.

Strike called off 12th.
Sent newspapers (Strike) to E.P. 11th.

Sunday 16th May 1926

Fine. Showers. Cold.
Dorothy ‘phoned. None of us out till after tea. I washed my head in p.m. Dennis busy on balcony working. All 3 to Hawkes with Mink’s tea at 5.30, and then by Heath home. To Dorrie’s in evening as her wireless had fallen over. Home at 11.20.

Monday 17th May 1926

I with Dennis in car to 21 Oxford Terrace at 9 a.m. Washed, and out to Bourne and Hollingsworth and to Bub for hair 12-1. Lunch at Lyons in Strand. To Chappell’s. Home. Arranged clothes and washed stockings. Supper – egg, cheese. To bed 9. Listened-in till 11.15.

Tuesday 18th May 1926

Showers. Warmer.
Packed up. Alys and Brent came about 11 o’clock. Out to lunch at Woolworth’s. Alys on to Army and Navy Stores. I bought wool and posted socks. Had tea together at home. Alys away with Dennis in car at 9.30. I early to bed, after supper.


Wednesday 19th May 1926

Up 7.15. Taxi 8.35 to Victoria. Wade saw me off 10 a.m. Dover 12. On boat, looked after girl going to convent. Ate lunch given by Wade, on deck. Train to Brussels 4.30 or 4.15 till 6.15. (16 minutes late). Tea on train. Coffee and roll 3.50 tip 1.50. Aunt Bella met me at station. Taxi up. Dinner. Veal, beans and to bed 9.30.

Thursday 20th May 1926

Fine, warmer.
Breakfast 9. Wrote Alys and Dorothy Barnard (card). Out to shops with Aunt Bella. Dinner 1 o’clock – soup, pigeons, asparagus tips, soufflé. Rested till 4.30. Slept. Madame de Kempen called (Miss Corregia’s “niece”). Tea. Philemon came (Irma’s husband). Wrote to Busy.

Friday 21st May 1926

Warm. Fine.
Out with Aunt Bella to Rue de Deux Églises for tickets – 35 francs each for Saumur Cavalry show. To Banque d’Outremer. Dinner 1. Out at 2.45 to shop, Rue du Midi. Aunt Bella’s silk coat tried on (8 guineas about). On to Eva’s. She at Colonel Meeus’ house. So on there. Talked to her. Very sad time. She packing up all his things. Home 3 trams. Tired. Supper. To bed 9.45.

Saturday 22nd May 1925

Warm. Fine.
Out with Kiki. Then I to Nord by trams. Walked through Bon Marché and other shops. To Post Office. Home exactly by 1 by Chocolat tram. Dinner. Rested (Aunt Bella’s cupboard from Liège came). Both out to Madame de Wulf (out), Madame Bruère (in), H. Masson’s (out). Home 6. I took Kiki out. Supper. Read papers. To bed 10.

Sent socks to E.P. 18th
Return ticket to Brussels £3.14.4 1st on boat
Changed money at 129 (since then up to 161)
7000 for Aunt Bell’s rent (about £80?)

Sunday 23rd May 1926

Cool. Grey.
Took Kiki for long walk in Bois. Aunt Bella to Mass 11.30. Wrote Kitty, Wade, Tades. Madame Quesquière called (tea). General Bruère at 6.30. After supper we to the Bruère’s to listen-in! Eastbourne Concert! Madame de Wulf there (Comines). Home 10.40.

Monday 24th May 1926

To Madame Rogler in a.m. – 58 Rue Paul Lauters and to Mademoiselle Baillieu, 216 Avenue Brugmann. After dinner to Mercier’s (guinea, diner) and to cinema – “La Barrière des Races”, Rod La Rocque. Red Indian story. Good. Lilian Rich.

Tuesday 25th May 1926

Very fine. Hot.
I to town and bought nightdresses and chemises. After dinner, Aunt Bella and I to Madame Vandamme’s. Tea there. Home at 6. I wrote E.P.

Wednesday 26th May 1926

Very fine. Hot.
Out to dressmakers with Aunt Bella. Home and I to lunch 12.30. At Henri Masson’s – 96 Rue de Tenbosch. Margot Verboeckhoven to lunch with Aunt Bella. Rested. Madame Bruère called and the Schoentjens to tea and till 7 nearly. After supper, I to Anbette at Vleurgat to see cinema “Patience”. To bed 9.45.

Thursday 27th May 1926

Very fine and hot.
Aunt Bella and I tram to La Petite-Espinette. To see Madame de Vaucleroy about Kath Buchanan.

petit espinette
Uccle – A la Petite Espinette – Chaussée de Waterloo

Home to dinner. Out (after writing to Kit) to Cinema “Le Lit d’Or” La Rocque. Home. Supper and read, and patience. To bed.

the golden bed

Friday 28th May 1926

Out in Bois with Kiki, in pouring rain for about an hour. Eva to dinner. I rested in p.m. Eva to tea, and until 6. All sewed and talked. I took Kiki out after supper. Talked of debts and war.

Saturday 29th May 1926

Dull. Warm.
I took Kiki out, by Rue de Tenbosch. Did some sewing. Rested in p.m. Dressed (grey and blue crêpe de chine). Aunt Bella and I to tea at the Schoentjens. Home 7.15. Read, patience and to bed 10.

Wrote E.P. 25th
Wrote Cyrus 26th
Wrote Wade 26th about nightgown
Wrote Kit 27th

Sunday 30th May 1926

Windy. Rainy.
Took Kiki out by Rue de L’Aurore and Manège. Aunt Bella to Mass. Wrote to Ella and Busy. Dinner. Rested all p.m. Tea. General Bruère and Monsieur Paul called. Supper. Read Mahy’s account 4 years of war. Patience. To bed 10.

Monday 31st May 1926

Stormy. Thunder.
I unwell. I walked with Kiki and pearls to Avenue de la Toison d’Or, Near Porte Louise. Tram home. Wire from Kitty. Fixed Blois. Telephoned Madame de Vaucleroy. Rested and to tea at Madame Quesquière’s with Aunt Bella, in convent. Home 7. Read and cards. To bed 9.50.

Tuesday 1st June 1926

Out with Kiki. Sewed. Dinner 12.45. Taxi at 2.30. To Cinquantenaire; Fête de Bienfaisance. Cadre Noir de Saumur. Flower of French cavalry. King and Queen and Prince Leo, and Princess there. Tired and early to bed.

Wednesday 2nd June 1926

Showers; dull.
Madame de Kempen’s car, a Rochet-Schneider, came at 10 and took us to Longueville thro’ Wavre. 1 hours drive. Pretty. Spent day there. Madame de Kamper, and daughter, Madame Piat Desvials and Monique and dogs! Nice day. Sat in shelter in garden (tournant). Rain! Home at 7 via Antoinette’s shop in Wavre. Supper. Patience. To bed.


Thurday 3rd June 1926

Dull, some sun.
I took Kiki in Bois. Celeste overheard Elvire’s conversation and very gloomy. After lunch, Madame Canderlier called. Then Bella and I to cinema to see “Triomphe” Rod La Roque and Leatrice Joy. Quite good. Home Supper. Out to buy fish. Patience. Read “Cousin Phyllis” Gaskell.

Friday 4th June 1926

Fine. Warmer.
Took Kiki out. Bought stamps and mould for soufflé de veau. Sewed. Dinner. Out, called on Masson’s with Aunt Bella. On to Bon Marché. Tea there, and bought kimonos and shoes (peignoir, saut d’elite) Home. Dinner. Dressed. To Madame Caudelier’s at 8.40. Roger there. Tea. Gramophone. All Alone. Memory Lane.

Saturday 5th June 1926

Fine, warm.
I to town at 10.30; shopped. Grand Place and Rue Neuve. Home with Eva to dinner. Tallked. Sewed. Tea. I out with Kiki and threw away shoes in Bois. Supper. Aunt Bella had pains. Patience. To bed 10.

Wrote Ella 30th
Wrote Busy 30th

31st Madame Quesquiare
1st Saumur
2nd Madame de Kempen
3rd Cinema Capital Friday?
4 To Eva’s.
Elvire, Leah Pelagie

Sunday 6th June 1926

Out to buy sweet. To Grand Place to see procession of St Gudule’s 700th anniversary. Home at 1.15 to dinner. Packed in p.m. Schoentjen’s to tea. General Bruère at 6 till 7.15. Supper. Sat in Aunt Bella’s bedroom, as she had pains. To bed 9.45.


Monday 7th June 1926

Foggy. Then lovely after 4.
Took Kiki out. Finished packing. Off in taxi with Aunt Bella at 11.45. Train 12.30. Arrived Ostende 2.30. Boat off 3? Or later. Lovely crossing. Arrived Dover 6.30. Off at 7.10. Dinner on train 5/6. Dear little girl and painted mother, and Italian girl. Alys and Dennis met me at 9.10 at Victoria. Car home. Unpacked. To bed about 10.45.

Tuesday 8th June 1926

Mrs Ladd away. Mr and Mrs Boyle came. I unpacked a bit and tidied up. Walked to Lab. Fetched Brent. Alys came. Lunch together here. Talked and out in Hyde Park with Brent. Tea here. Dennis came at 8. All to Canuto’s to dinner. Home about 9.30.

Wednesday 9th June 1926

Fine. Hot then rain.
Washed lots of things, and sent washing to new laundry. Had eggs for lunch (buttered) here. Out to 25 York Street, North Audley Street, Selfridge’s – bought dress. To Kardomah. Lafayette’s, then Maple’s. Home by bus. Tea. Out in rain at 5.30 to Alys’. Dinner there, with Dorrie and Sidney (just back from U.S.A.) Slept there, to bed 11.45.

Thursday 10th June 1926

Showers and sun. Cool.
Out with Dennis in car. To Care Committee Meeting 10.30 – 12. Back to Alys’. Lunch with her. Took Brent out first. At 3.15 both (with Brent) to town on 53 bus. Alys to Thew. I walked home. Ironed chemises. Spring cleaned cupboard and tea, supper. Listened-in.

Friday 11th June 1926

Busy washing and tidying and spring-cleaning. Out ot near shops. Lunch in. Went on tidying, on top of wardrobe. Cleaned bedroom window. Out at 6. Supper, omelette. Cleaned brasses and sewed. To bed 10.

Saturday 12th June 1926

Showery. Mild.
Walked to Nell Sime’s. Bus home. Out to Selfridge’s with watch. Bus to Knightsbridge. Walked to 6 Elm Park Road. Dinner 1. With Dorothy. Talked, and out to Badminton Court and rolled it. Tea 5.10. Did Dorothy’s striped dress. I home at 7.40. Supper – Heinz beans and ice-cream and prunes.

Stockings to Bourne and Hollingsworth by June 16th.
10th Care Committee.
Home 6th or 7th. Ladds leave on 8th
Ayrtons arrive 12th

To Dorothy Barnard’s 12.30 or 1. 12th
Brent to stay on Sunday.
C.H.W. 11th?
Letter to E.P. 11th

Sunday 13th June 1926

Fine. Dullish.
Tidied. Brushed mattresses and did cleaning. To Alys at 12. Motor Meals. Alys and Dennis in car to Mr and Mrs Bullock’s. I with Brent in Kensington Gardens and then Hyde Park. Home. Read. Took Brent out again twice in Terrace. To bed 10.

Monday 14th June 1926

Showers, but chiefly fine.
Took Brent to Lab at 10.15. On to Selfridge’s. Bus to Cunard offices. Walked up Regent Street. Bus to Euston. Lunch there. Waited for boat (Corinthia) train from 1.50 till 3.5 about. Ayrton’s arrived. I back to Selfridge’s (dress sold!) Home. To dinner with Ayrton’s at 7 in rain. Home 10.

1926 Advert

Tuesday 15th June 1926

Dull. Mild.
Out to ring up Elsa at 9.30. Home. She rang up. I to Mrs Steel at Goring Hotel. Interview! Took Alfie to Round Pond and Hamley’s. Back to Goring. I to English Speaking Union. Lunch. To Queen’s Hall. Met Wade and Dick – concert. Back to Goring at 6.10. Dinner, there with Alfie and put him to bed. Stayed till 11, when Mr and Mrs Steel came home, with Frank and Mr Langdon. Home by 16 bus.

Wednesday 16th June 1926

Dull, mild.
Out to Mansfield Road School and Myopic. Walked to Haverstock Hill School. Tube to Euston. Asked about trains. To see Wade. 73 bus to Kensington. Luncheon party at Mrs Baxter’s. Commandant Allen there. Miss Van Dressler, Mrs Hill, Mrs Brook (green) and 2 others – one on Battersea Dog Committee. To Alys’ by 28. Tea there. Car home. She and Dennis to Douglas’. I supper. Phone Dorothy.

Thursday 17th June 1926

Dull. Heavy rain after 4.30.
Out to visit at Kilburn 10.30. To Alys’ 11.45. Elsa and Virginia called there. Nell Sime to lunch with Alys. I lunch at 26 Compayne. On to Barnes’. Bought dress. To Golders Green. Tea with Sissie. On to Faraday’s to dinner 7.15. Frank Rush and Agnes in after. Songs, clarinet. Home in rain at 11.45.

Friday 18th June 1926

Fine. Warm.
Out to shops. To Euston; 12 train to Crewe. Changed. On to Chester. Changed. On to Conway (ate lunch in 1st train; sandwich). Arrived Conway 8 p.m. Very late. All trains long, late and full; on account of coal strike. Dined Castle Hotel. On beach. Slept Castle Hotel.


Saturday 19th June 1926

Fine and warm.
Breakfast 9. Out to postcard shop. Wrote E.P, Ella and Kitty about Steel’s. Train 11.50 (40 minutes late) to Llanfairfechan. Saw Dr Hillier. Saw Edward. Nice visit. Away at 2.50. Changed at Chester and Crewe. Ate sandwiches in trains for lunch and supper. No tea. Arrived Euston 10.10. Home by bus.

18th 9 p.m. Comyns Carr’s
Letter to E.P. 19th from Conway.
17th to Sissie for tea.
17th Lunch at Compayne 1. Dine 7.15 Faraday.

Sunday 20th June 1926

Thundery. Hot.
Washed things. To 6 Elm Park Road at 12.45. Lunch there. Coffee in garden. Talked to Doz in drawing-room. To her badminton ground after early tea in garden. Painted lines and played. Home to supper. Early to bed. Tired.

Monday 21st June 1926

Fine. Hot.
Out to shops. Bank. In. Kitty came. She and I to Marshall’s and Evans’. Bought jumper. Lunch at Evans’. She home with me. Sewed. Away at 4. I to Alys’ who not back from Sherborne. Rang up Lab. To Lab. Dinner at Canuto’s with Alys and Dennis. Back and slept at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Jack Willis too.

Tuesday 22nd June 1926

Hot and fine.
Breakfast all 4. Dennis took me home 10. I packed and out to have hair-cut. Got own lunch. Packed all p.m. Alys in for a minute, out and bought me a suitcase! 8.11. At 5.30 I taxi to Goring Hotel. Steel’s suite 108. Heard Mr Langdon had German measles in Fever Hospital.

Wednesday 23rd June 1926

Dull. Cooler.
Slept with Alfie. He not well in a.m. My breakfast in his room. He better and down. Dr Gayre(?) came. Frank in bed all day. Lunch with Mrs Steel. She out to Fever Hospital. I with boys and we all moved downstairs. Fourth Floor 90 Suite. Tea in the boys’ room. Unpacked. Dinner upstairs with boys. Steel’s to Berkeley with Ayrton’s.

Thursday 24th June 1926

Dull. Thunder.
Breakfast with boys. 8.30 all with Mrs Steel to Army and Navy Stores and bought games. Home. Played. Mrs Steel on to Gooch’s. Lunch; rested. Played race-game. Tea with boys. Mrs Steel to Fever Hospital. Spillikins. Supper 6.40. Mr and Mrs Steel to see “Play”? Dorothy Barnard called up. Wrote Polzeath.


Friday 25th June 1926

I unwell. Took Alfie to Hyde Park in bus. Watched riders on horses and tar spraying! Home at 1. Lunch with both boys. All p.m. in. On beds 30 minutes. Then games – shuttlecock. Tea, spillikins. I out to chemist and round about when Mr and Mrs Steel in, at 5.30. Supper 6.30 with boys. Put also to bed. Talked. Wrote E.P. in my room. To bed 10.

Saturday 26th June 1926

Fine. Lovely.
Steels all to Kodak. I to shop (Staine’s). At 11.30 all of us in Rolls-Royce to Windsor. Lunch at The White Hart. Up to Castle. Saw Queen’s Dolls House. Back by Eton; saw dining hall (Scholars’) and class-rooms. Old desks. Home via Burnham Beeches. Dinner 7. Mr and Mrs Steel to Claridge’s to dine with friends.

26th to Wales?
25th prize giving.
26th Letter to E.P.

Sunday 27th June 1926

Fine on whole. Dullish.
Breakfast 9.15 about. Spillikins. I at 11 over to Alys’. Washed and ironed grey striped dress! Lunch with her and Dennis. They took me back in car to Goring. Out with Frank and Alfie to Round Pond. Taxis. Tea. Lay on bed and read to Alfie.  In sitting-room. Dinner (all) at 7. Talked. To bed 10.10.

Monday 28th June 1926

Perfect day. Warm. Sunny.
All breakfast 9 about. Alfie, Mrs Steel and I to Faulkner’s, Bond Street about shoes. Then taxi to Westminster. Met others. 10.30. steamboat to Hampton Court. Lunch at Mitre. In gardens, maze, etc. Lovely flower beds and lawns. Car home. Dinner with Frank and Alfie at 6.30. Mr and Mrs Steel out. Played Gobang and put Alfie to bed. Wrote.

Tuesday 29th June 1926

Fine. Warm. Dull p.m.
Took Alfie out through Green Park to London Museum. Then to St James’ Park and home by bus from Westminster. Mr Langdon back from Fever Hospital. Lunch. Rested wth Alfie. Took him to Hamley’s. Home by bus to tea. Mrs Steel and Frank to tea 5.15. Then Mr Langdon. Alfie and I to supper 5.30. Up. Spillikins. Put Alfie to bed. All 4 others out.

Wednesday 30th June 1926

Very fine. Warm.
All (except Mrs Steel) to Westminster Abbey – chapels, wax effigies, Norman crypt. Then I with Alfie in St James’ and Green Park. Played ball. Walked home. Lunch. Others all out. Rested on bed with Alfie. We on bus to Kodak, Regent Street. Met them. To Faulkner’s and then Rumpelmayer’s to tea (about 2/- a head) I back alone to Hotel. Others at 6.30. Supper with Alfie.

Thursday 1st July 1926

Very fine. Hot.
Steel’s and Mr Langdon all in car to Broadway, Oxford at 9.30. Alf and I washed socks and changed rooms. At 11.30 Alf’s hair-cut at Truefitt’s. In Park and played ball. Lunch. To Alys’ with Alfie and in garden there with Brent. Tea there. Back to Goring at 6.30. Supper. Made sentry-box.

Friday 2nd July 1926

Fine. Warm. Dull in p.m.
Out at 9.45 to 21 Oxford Terrace with Alfie. Fetched bathing gown. To Woolworth’s. Back to Hotel. Made sentry-boxes. Lunch. Rested with Alfie. Out to Green Park. Played ball. Walked to Horse Guards through St James’ Park. Watched guard at 4. Back by bus. Tea 4.35. I sewed. Alfie played. Halma. Supper 6.35. Packing up. Alfie to bed about 8. I sewed green silk dress.

Saturday 3rd July 1926

Fine. Warm.
Alfie and I off to Liverpool Street at 9 in taxi. Train 10 a.m. To Ipswich. Changed and to Felixstowe. To Felix Hotel. Lunch. On beach and in garden. Tea on terrace. Ping-pong. At 5.30 others arrived. Supper 6.30. Alfie to bed. I downstairs in lounge, and in Ping-pong room. Frank and Mr Langdon played. To bed 9.45.

July 2nd – prize-giving?

Sunday 4th July 1926

Showery. Mild.
Played Ping-pong. All out on promenade, and beach. Ping-pong. Lunch. Ping-Pong at 3 p.m. All in Daimler car back to London, Goring Hotel. Supper. Alf to bed. Talked. I to bed 9.30. Tired.

Monday 5th July 1926

Dull. Muggy. Showery.
All in taxis to Kodak. Movie Films, Elon. I with Alfie to South Kensington Science Museum. Taxi back to lunch. Rested after. Then walked by Palace and Barracks, Birdcage Walk, to Horse Guards. Home by bus. Tea. Mr Steel in. Talked Scotland. Supper 6.30. Others to Dalys’ Yvonne. Wrote Hotels.

Tuesday 6th July 1926

At 9.45 or 10. I to Alys’. Spent a.m. there and out at 12.30 with her and Brent on 53 bus to Baker Street. Lunch at Karaway’s. To Sagne’s. To Victoria on 2 bus. She to Staines. I to Goring. Took Alfie out in Green Park. Back to tea. Everyone in one by one. Boys at Science Museum. Supper. Boys too. Alfie to bed.

Monday 7th July 1926

Dull. Warm.
Took Alfie to Burlington Arcade for more gaurds. Bus there and back. Played with him indoors till 1. Mrs Steel back. We 3 lunch (all of them at Harrod’s Sale in a.m.). Mrs Steel, Alfie and I to the Tower by Mark Lane. Home at 4.40. Tea and boys too 5 – 5.30. Supper with Alfie. To bed, after packing a little.

Tuesday 8th July 1926

Hot. Tiring.
Phoned Alys and Faulkner’s. Wrote Torquay Palace. Out with Alf. Watched guards in Barracks. Lunch 1 with boys too. Alfie and I in taxi to Kodak and met Mrs Steel 3 p.m. at Faulkner’s. Bus 48 to Alys. All tea and strawberries there. Home by 2 bus. Supper with Alf and Frank and Mr Langdon. Alf early to bed. We all packed suitcases.


Wednesday 9th July 1926

Sun and heavy showers.
Finished packing. Off at 11 in Daimler, with Baker driving. Guildford 1. Lunch at Lion. Good lamb. On to Winchester, in cathedral. On through New Forest to Branksome Tower Hotel. Supper with Alfie. Good. Sat on verandah. To bed 9.30.

Thursday 10th July 1926

Foggy, dull.
Breakfast about 8.40. All down. Motored to Bournemouth. Shopped at Beale’s – picnic basket, camera, Bright’s. Back. Bathed, all of us Lovely. Lunch. Motored to Poole, Corfe, Swanage. Tillywhim (closed!) Tea at Victoria Hotel. Home. Supper 7 with Alfie. Put him to bed 8. Others to Winter Gardens in evening. I wrote E.P.

P.O. Fête at Zoo 10th
5th Medical Inspection, Neterwood.

9th Prize Giving?
Soho Restaurant.
Kettner’s – Soho – Greek 8th and Frith?
Smart. Good food.

Sunday 11th July 1926

Perfect day. Hot.
All out on beach and bathed (2nd). Got very sunburnt. Lunch – lobster. Large! Sauterne cup! Sat on verandah. Down and walked to Middle Chine, crowds comic. Back. Bathed again (3rd). Not Mrs Steel and Alfie. Tea. Dinner. Put Alfie to bed. A dance!! At 9.45 till 1.30. I stayed till 10. Made tea-bags.

Monday 12th July 1926

Warm. Very foggy.
Other 4 all away at 9.45 to Torquay. Alfie and I on sands. Dug. Bathed (4th). Warm. Had No. 9 Hut. Lunch. Rested. On sands again. Alf did sums. Back to tea. Played Patience. Watched tennis. Supper 7. Reversi. Put Alfie to bed. Wrote for Mr Steel and self.

Tuesday 13th July 1926

Perfect. Hot.
On sands. Dug. Bathed – 5th. Lunch. Rested. Sands, but only Hut as far too hot. Spade lost. Tea. Patience. Dinner. Bed. Wrote Tades and Eva.

Wednesday 14th July 1926

Very hot. Too hot!
Out on sands with Alfie. Very hot. Bathed, 6th, came out and in again. Lunch. Tried to rest on bed, but very hot. Out on verandah, I read, Alfie played cards. Wandered about. Tea 4.10. On sands. Bathed again – 7th – at 5.20 with Johnny Triberg and governess. Up. Dinner on cliff. Very hot still.

Thursday 15th July 1926

Warm but duller.
Out and on sands, digging waterworks and chairs. Bathed – 8th. Lunch, rested, patience and sums. Tea. Walked on to sands by the Chine. Café. Back by our hut. Tennis-court. Dinner. Wrote Alys.

Friday 16th July 1926

Windy. Fine.
On sands. Bathed – 9th. Quite roughish. I stayed in about an hour. Lovely. Lunch. Rested. On sands again. Dug house. Not tea. Expecting others supper. They arrived about 8. Talked in evening.

Saturday 17th July 1926

All on sands, except Mr Steel, Mr Langdon and Frank who went to Isle of Wight by boat from Bournemouth. Bathed with Alfie – 10th. Wavy again. Washed Mrs Steel’s hair after lunch. Great discussions about Scotland and whether Alfie and I should go or stay here. Toss! Dinner. Alfie to bed. Sat with others in verandah till 9.30.

Read “The Severins” Mrs Alf Sidgwick
Wrote Aunt Bella – 12th
Tades 13th

Cousin Jeanie 13th


Sunday 18th July 1926

Hot. Fine. Hot.
Packed Alfy’s things. All on sands and lovely bathe – 11th except Mrs Steel. At about 12.30 all in car to Lyndhurst.   Crown Hotel. Very good lunch. On to Sunningdale. “Toilet”. On to Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle and Dover Street – 110 miles. Dinner with Alfy 7. Put him to bed. All up in Dr and Mrs Danforth’s room.


Monday 19th July 1926

Took Osilite trunk and Alfy in taxi to Cave’s, 81 New Cavendish Street. Alfy’s hair cut at Truefitt’s. Packed and did laundry. Lunch. Boys to Military Tournament. I to buy jumper. Phoned Alys. Met her Piccadilly. To Kardomah. To Brown’s. She left 6. Dinner. Helped pack. Taxis at 9.45 to Euston. All on 11.5 train for Edinburgh where very comfortable.


Tuesday 20th July 1926

Arrived 8.10. Sleeping-rooms each 6! Breakfast at Caledonian Hotel. Walked to Castle. Landau to Holyrood. Lunch at Hotel. Rested 30 minutes. Out with Alfy in garden. Band and children in fountain. All met Mackie’s for tea. Home. Supper with Alfy. Put him to bed. Wrote St Lunaire. To bed 9.30.

Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh

Wednesday 21st July 1926

Fine. Showers.
Unwell. Out at 11 in car with all except Mr Langdon to North Berwick by Portobello. Lunch at Hotel. Good. Home by Arthur’s Seat. Others to shop. I home to Caledonian Hotel. Packed. Dinner. Wrote Nell Sime, after putting Alfy to bed.


Thursday 22nd July 1926

All in two taxis to Waverley Station and train 10 or 11 to Inverness. Lunch on train. Quite good. Arrived about 4 o’clock. Station Hotel. Tea (very good). Walked in town. Dinner. Put Alfy to bed. Sat with others. To bed at 9.30. Very light all night except 12 to 3 a.m.

Friday 23rd July 1926

Up at 6. Breakfast 6.30. Off at 7 by charabanc and 8.30 boat “Gondolier” to Fort Augustus. Tweeds to buy! On to Banavie and train (5 minutes) to Fort William. Another boat to Oban. (Caledonian Canal trip – Loch Ness, Loch Oich, Loch Lochy). Wonderful! Great Western Hotel. Quite good.

Saturday 24th July 1926

Rain all day. Fine evening.
Indoors all a.m. Boys did lessons and work. I sewed and washed stockings and wrote E.P. After lunch, out and Mrs Steel bought Fair Isle dress; and jersey for Alfy. Tea 5. Alfy played trains. Supper, all together. Put Alfy to bed and out with others along front. Lovely evening.

Wrote Ella 16th and 19th from Brown’s.
Wrote Alys, Doz 20th Nell Sime 21st

Sunday 25th July 1926

Very fine. Warm. Breezy.
Others at 10.15 to Glen Coe. Alfy and I taxi from McDougall’s to Ganavan Sands. Played on rocks. Taxi 12.40 back to Hotel. Lunch. Upstairs, quiet. Out to rocks and Memorial. Tea 4.30. Played on stairs “War”. Dinner.

Monday 26th July 1926

Very fine. Warm.
Others back at 7.30. Others at 8 by boat to Staffa and Iona. Alfy and I to Kodak and to boats. Took motorboat to Ganavan Sands. Played. Motorboat back at 1. Lunch. Rested. Out to Post Office and about. Station. Tea. “War”. Met Mr and Mrs Steel by boat. To Chalmers’. Dinner. Highlanders with bagpipes and reels in evening.

Tuesday 27th July 1926

Rainy. Out with Alfy. Up to Colosseum place. All in Chalmers’ one hour. Lunch. I wrote Saint-Launaire and St. Enogat. Mr and Mrs Steel and Alfy to Dunnollie Castle. McDougall’s. I to Post Office. Tea all together. Played and I wrote Doz. Dinner. Sat in Steel’s bedroom while they packed. Sore throat.

Wednesday 28th July 1926

Mist, rain.
Others off in motor to Trossachs and Torbet and Edinburgh. Alfy and I played store and to fetch his photos. Lunch. Rested. Out, posted parcel to Kit and letter to Doz. No tea, but ginger-nuts. Transfers. War on stairs. Supper. Bed. I read “Thunder on the Left”. Chris Morley, in evening.

Thursday 29th July 1926

Warm. Fine.
Packed up. Off with Alfy, at 11.30 in Hotel bus. Train 12.17 to Edinburgh 1st class, reserved to ourselves all the way! Hot. Sandwiches on train. Arrived 6 (1 hour late). Caledonian Station. Met other 4 at Hotel. Had a bedroom dinner. Sat in lounge. At 9.45 all on train and to bed. It started 10.30, express for London. Tea on train at 6.45.


Friday 30th July 1926

Showery. Hot.
Arrived 7.15. Taxis to Brown’s Hotel. Breakfast there. Suite of rooms 134. I to see Barnards’ at Chelsea. Lunch at Brown’s all together. Took Alfy to Maskelyne’s in afternoon. 3 till 5.20. Back to Hotel. He had his supper 6 and to bed. I dined with others 7.15. They to see “Ghost Train”. I sorted clothes and washed things. To bed 9.45.

Saturday 31st July 1926

Fine. Warm.
Packed. Others out shopping. I to 21 Oxford Terrace for letters. To Savoy. Hair shampooe’d, cut. W.W. Lunch at Brown’s. Mrs Chas. Potter. Packed all p.m. Out with Alfy to St James’ Palace after tea. I with Mr and Mrs Steel to Gargoyle Club 9.30 with Ayrton’s. Home at 11.5.

Single 1st class to Paris from London £3.3.4
Wrote E.P. 25th
Buchanan sweets to Kit and wrote Doz 28th and Kit 28th.


Sunday 1st August 1926

Fine. Hot.
All off in two taxis at 10.10.45 train to Dover. Crossed to Calais (lunch on train in England). Train to Abbeville. Hot box. Out, and in corridor for rest of time. Paris 7.15. 6 seater taxi to Hotel Princess, 10 rue de Presbourg, Étoile. Wonderful dinner. Wonderful place.

Monday 2nd August 1926

Fine. Hot.

Omelette for breakfast! Did washing. Alfy and I out down looking for toy-shop. Back. Played. Lunch. Everyone home. Mrs Steel and boys up Eiffel Tower. I to Rue de Rivoli with Mrs Steel’s beads. Mr and Mrs Steel out to dinner and evening. Wrote. E.P. Boys worked.

Tuesday 3rd August 1926

Dull. Cooler.
Alfy and I to the Bois de Boulogne with hoop. Back and lunch alone together. Played all p.m. soliders. Out at 4.30 till 5.30 on Champs-Élysées. Home. All back to supper at 7. Mr Steel, I and Mr Langham out to see Nu Nu Nanette.

Wednesday 4th August 1926

Dull. Muggy.
Others off to Battlefields – Reims, Verdun at 10. Alfy and I taxi to Rue de Rivoli for beads. Thru’ Jardin des Tuileries and taxi home.

After lunch, sewed grey dress and Alfy played with soldiers and train. Out to Post Office for stamps, and Arc de Triomphe. Soldat Inconnu tomb. Played. Supper 6.30.

Thursday 5th August 1926

Fine. Warm
Taxi to Rue de Rivoli with bead. Walked to Opéra. Révélations shop. Taxi to Musée Grévin. Closed! Taxi home. Lunch. Played soldiers and sewed. Tram to L’Aquarium de Paris. Home. Played. Supper 6.30. Finished grey sleeves. To bed 9.30.

L’Aquarium de Paris

Friday 6th August 1926

Fine. Warm.
To Consulate and taxi from there to Bois. Walked to Lac and played with hoop. Walked home, lunch – omelette surprise. To Musée Grévin in p.m. and to Bead shop on way home. Began dinner 7.20. Others back at 7.30. All dined. I out with Mr Steel at 9.15 to Théâtre Marigny “Vive la République” Sacha Guitry. Home 12.

Théâtre Marigny. Saison 1925 – 1926. Vive la République. Revue en 2 actes et 20 tableaux

Saturday 7th August 1926

Fine. Breezy.
All out to Kodak to see Movie pictures. Mrs Steel and I to Printemps, shopping. All, except Mr Steel, home to lunch. Mrs Steel to meet him at Voisins. I with Frank and Alfy in taxi to Les Invalides 3.30. Waited til 4.45 to meet Mr and Mrs Steel but didn’t come. Two entrances, so muddle. Home at 5.30. Supper 6.30 with both boys. Mr and Mrs Steel out to dinner.

Voisin’s corner Rue Royal and St. Honoré – very good, very, very expensive.
Nu-Nu Nanette –
Card to DB – 5th
Letter to Alys – 5th
Wrote E.P. – 2nd
Wrote Cyrus – 3rd to Claridges

Sunday 8th August 1926

Dull. Warm.
Mr and Mrs Steel out with Danforth’s to Tillières-sur-Avre. Bois-Joly Hotel. We 4 to Madeleine at 11. On to Notre Dame, up tower. Home. Lunch. Out again to Tuileries. Grand Guignol, Then merry-go-rounds. Alfy and I to the Fair near Les Invalides. Back. Played W. A. Mr and Mrs Steel back but out to dine again with Danforth’s. Supper 6;30. Quiet evening.

Monday 9th August 1926

Warm. Fine.
With Mr and Mrs Steel to Bristol Hotel and to Worth’s mannequin show. Very interesting and fun. Mrs Steel and I to other shops; shut, some. To Voisin’s at 1.30. Met Mr Steel and perfect lunch there. To Lina Mouton’s and Mrs Steel – ordered two frocks at 114 dollars each. To Reboux’. Bag shop and Delcossé for wig $11.50. Home. Supper 6.45. Others out to see “Madame Butterfly”.

Tuesday 10th August 1926

Hot, fine.
All out to Pantheon, in 2 taxis. On to Conciergerie and then Sainte-Chapelle. To Louvre, to see Venus. 3 boys and I home to lunch. Mr and Mrs Steel to Voisin with Mrs Dearth. Mr Langdon to shop. Frankie and Alfy and I to Bois in taxi. Played hoops. Lost dog. Home about 5. Mr Steel in first. Talked of bookshops. Us 4 for dinner 6.30. Mr and Mrs Steel to Armenonville.

Wednesday 11th August 1926

Thundery, hot.
Others to Chartres, Rambouillet all day. Alfy and I to Jardin des Plantes and Ménagerie all a.m. Back to lunch. Saw Douglas Fairbanks. Went out to buy flowers after and arranged them. Then at 4 taxi to Rue de Rivoli toyshop. And to trunk-shop. Bought revelation suitcase. Home. Alfy supper 6.30. Dr and Mrs Danforth to dine 8.30. They to theatre and boys too.

Thursday 12th August 1926

Fine. Fresh. Warm.
All out to Kodak to see movies of battlefields. I with Mrs Steel to Pinet’s and other shops. Back to lunch. All in to lunch. All in taxis to Les Invalides, Napoleon’s tomb and War museum. Mr Steel, Alfy and I to toyshop in Latin Quarter. Rue des Saints-Pères. Trunk shop. Alfy and I home. Soldiers. Mr Steel in later. Then Mrs Steel from dressmaker. 5 for dinner. Mr Steel out with his cousin.

Napoleon’s Tomb

Friday 13th August 1926

Very fine. Warm.
Out with Mrs Steel; then shopped alone. Hats, shoes (Raoul). Mr Langdon and boys to Louvre and Luxembourg. We 5 in to lunch. At 3 I with Frank and Alfy to Porte Maillot, Bois. Little tramway. Circus – bears, dogs, tight-rope walker (Red Indian) and on motor-car! Home. Dinner 6.30 with Frank and Alfy. Others all out to dinner.

Saturday 14th August 1926

Hot day. Fine.
With Mrs Steel and Alfy to Lina Mouton, and Charvet (men’s ties). Home lunch. Packed. Out with Mrs Steel to Eugene and she had hair permanently washed. I bought hat in the Ritz. Rose Petit, 375 francs. Packed. With Mr Steel to see “Passionement” at Théâtre de la Michodière. Packed till 1 a.m.

Oberhofen, Switzerland

Sunday 15th August 1926

Very hot and fine.
Up 6.10 packed. Breakfast 7.30. All off to Gare de L’Est and by 8.45 train to Thun via Belfort and Berne. Very hot and very dirty journey. Lunch on train. Good. Arrived at 7. Motor 3 miles to Oberhofen. Hotel Moy – Madame Brugger. Dinner, unpacked. To bed.

Monday 16th August 1926

Very hot and fine.
Walked to Bad-Platz and the 4 males went in swimming. Mrs Steel and I watched. Lunch at 12.30. Alfy and I in bedroom. Played Grace-hoops. All 5 others in boat and I rested and wrote Alys. Dinner 7.15. Put Alfy to bed. Read paper. To bed 9.30.

Tuesday 17th August 1926

Very hot. Thunder.
Up early. Boys bathed. Mr and Mrs Steel and I went in car to Bern. They to Bank and Consulate (Italian). I bought fruit. All to Bear Pit. Mrs Steel and I home in car. Mr Steel stayed and back at 6. Lunch at Moy. Out after tea to shops. Dinner up in private sitting-room. Bath.

Wednesday 18th August 1926

Warm, fine.
Awake with pains all night. Down to breakfast but very shaky. Others and Alfy all in car to Interlaken and Kandersteg. Schweizerhof Hotel (very good, they said). I stayed home and on bed all day. Porridge, soup. Others home at 7.10. Had a little dinner and to bed at 8 with Alfy. Good night.

Thursday 19th August 1926

Fine. Warm.
Breakfast. Felt better. Knitted and Mr Steel and Frank packed. All down to Bad-platz. Men and boys bathed, in drawers only! Back to lunch. All in car to station at Thun. Saw Mr Steel and Frank off to Milano and Venice (Lido!). We shopped, came back in car. Tea, out with Alfy on swing. Dinner. Mrs Steel put Alfy to bed.

Friday 20th August 1926

Warm. Fine.
Out to swimming place and Mrs Steel, Mr Langdon and Alfy bathed. Home to lunch. Rested 30 minutes. Alfy and I on steamer to Interlaken (via Spiez). Ices there. Back after 1 hour there, by 5.20 boat, arrived 6.47. Dinner. Put Alfy to bed. Mr Langdon had pain. All early to bed.

Saturday 21st August 1926

Hot. Fine.
Mrs Steel and Mr Langdon walked to Thun and back. Alfy and I bathed, lovely. Lunch; all 4 in car to Mülenen, other side of lake; funicular railway to top of Niesen mountain. Wonderful view of snow-capped mountains. Tea there. Back and in car. Dinner. Mrs Steel put Alfy to bed. Fancy dress ball; we looked on from verandah.

Can get beds 5 frances at Niesen Kulm Hotel
View of Blumlis Alps, Monch, Eiger, Jungfrau from Moy Hotel.
Madame Cauderlier at Hotel? Anna?

Sunday 22nd August 1926

Fine. Hot.
Breakfast 8.30. Mrs Steel and Mr Langdon off in car to Luzern and Andermatt. Alfy and I in swimming. Swam to raft Back to lunch. Felt cold. Read Hansel and Gretel to Alfy. Out and took photos of Tykie. On quay. Had tea on terrace. Supper. Cards to Dorothy and Aunt Bella. Concert in evening. Stayed for 3 pieces.

Monday 23rd August 1926

Cooler. Fine.
Alfy up at 7.20! Breakfast. Counted washing and did some too. Bathed. Very, very cold – 55 (13 Celsius). Fetched photos at 3.30. Tea. Played trains in playground. Other 4 came home while we were at dinner, from Andermatt. Rhône Glacier. Out in moonlight.

Tuesday 24th August 1926

Fine. Perfect.
Alfy and I to watch shop. All to swimming place. Did washing. Sun baths. Rather cold water. Movie photos of diving. Lunch. Steel’s to Nieson. Mr Langdon to them. I walked up to Krinde, coffee there. To Hotel Montana to Madame Cauderlier. Dinner. Early to bed.

Wednesday 25th August 1926

Fine, hot.
Cleaned spots off coats. All to swimming. Sun-bath. Lovely water. Lunch. All in car to Beatus-Höhlen.

Wonderful cave under Beatenberg. 40 minutes walk. On to Trümmelbach. Marvellous! Umbrellas and mackintoshes very necessary. Tea there. Home in car. Dinner. Maderas on terrace. Yodelling. Mr Langdon and I on quay.

Thursday 26th August 1926

Very hot. Fine.
Plans changed. Stayed on there. Down to swimming. Mr Steel and the Maderas later. Lunch. Mrs Steel read to Alfy; then she slept. Mr Steel also. Alfy and I to photo shop, and played trains. Tea on terrace. To buy wool for Alfy with him and Mrs Steel. Dinner. At 9.30 Mr Steel (Marco Polo) off to Paris. Car to Thun with Mrs Steel and Frank.

Friday 27th August 1926

Cooler, cloudy.
Did some washing. All bathed. Lovely. 21 Celsius, 68 F. Lunch. Rested. Alfy and Frank knitted! At 3 all 5 in Fiat car to Kandersteg. Tea at Schweizerhof. Good. Baden-Powell and Scout Convention. General Cruise of Mount Everest there. Home. Dinner.

Saturday 28th August 1926

Foggy. Cooler.
All except Mr Langdon in swimming. Not warm enough for sun-bath. Lunch. Sat and knitted on verandah. Alfy fell and hurt knee. Wrote Kit. Mrs Steel, Frank and Alfy and I by 2.47 boat to Thun. Bought fruit. Home by tram. Tea on terrace. Dinner. Played Hearts till 9.40.

Centigrade and Celsius are same.
22nd Postcard to Aunt Bella of Oberhofen. With mountains.
23rd Postcard to Ella
22nd Letter to E.P. with card of Oberhofen.
Postcard to Dorothy Board – Oberhofen with panorama of mountains.

Sunday 29th August 1926

Lovely. Hot but breeze.
Knitted; looked at Frank’s photos. All down and long sun-bath and lovely swim. Dinner. Sat on terrace, all 5 walked up hill through woods and sat on lovely place with view over lake. Home. Baths. Tea on terrace. Washed stockings.

Monday 30th August 1926

Fine. Warm.
All off at 9.20 in car to Lucerne. But had picnic lunch in woods. Saw “Lion” carved in rock and panorama of mountains. Home other way. Tea 5.30. Early to bed. Mr Langdon studies. Mrs Steel and I talked.

Tuesday 31st August 1926

Fine. Hot.
Mrs Steel, Frank and Alfy all in car at 8.45 to meet Mr Sttel at Thun (from Paris). Lovely sun-bath and swim. Lunch. Lay on bed and played with Alfy and Tyky. Mr Langdon and Frank played tennis. Watched. Danced at teatime. Introduced Joyce Syrett to J. Langdon. They danced. Dinner. Mr Steel read Italian. Sewed Frank’s names.

Wednesday 1st September 1926

Fine. Hot!
All down to swimming and lovely bathe. Lunch. Rested with Alfy till 2.45. Lovely walk to Krinde. Tea there, at Bernerhaus. To top of hill, and down another way. J., L. and F. first. All had baths. Dinner. Put Alfy to bed. On terrace. Talked to Mr Steel. All 5 to quay and round village. To bed 9.45.

Thursday 2nd September 1926

Not quite so fine. Warm.
Washed clothes. With Alfy to photo-shop. All down. Sun baths and swimming. Lunch with Alfy in bedroom. Out to watch J., L. and F. to play tennis; rained. Mr and Mrs Steel boat to Thun. All had tea. I poured out. After dinner, Mrs Steel put Alfy to bed and we 5 played Hearts till 10.

Friday 3rd September 1926

Fine, then late thunderstorm.
Did up packages for Philadelphia. Other 4 off in car to Wijk and walk, with their lunch. Alfy and I swam. Lunch. Rested. To fetch photographs with Alfy. Tea. Others back in rain at 5.45. Dinner. Played Hearts; Mr Steel wrote all evening.

Saturday 4th September 1926

Fine. Warm.
Mr Steel to Berne. Others to Thun in car. I packed and washed. Swimming, as all back from Thun in time. After lunch, I with Mr and Mrs Steel and Alfy to Thun in car. Tea. To buy Swiss peasant costumes. Tea. Packing. Dinner. Packing in “Amy’s” room! Listened to Mr Coulson playing fire-music.

Letter to E.P. – 30th
Letter to Alys – 2nd
Postcard to Susie – 2nd

Sunday 5th September 1926

Dull. Mild.
Did packing all except Mr Steel to Church service downstairs (Rev. Daniels). Then went on packing, as grey day. Lunch. Out at 3.30 to swimming. Lovely bathe. Tea. Dinner. Hearts. At 8.15 all in car to Thun; on train 10.10. Sleepers. I in top berth. Alfy lower.


Monday 6th September 1926

Dull, mild. Windy.
Woke at 6; at Rheins at 7. Through Battlefields for hours. Breakfast 8.30, after long wait with Gus and Alfy. Knitted, patience. Lunch 12. Calais 1.5. Alfy sick on boat “Empress”, Dover 2.5. Victoria 7.10. Brown’s Hotel. Dined. Gus took me to Riverside Nights at Lyric, Hammersmith.

riverside nights

Tuesday 7th September 1926

Dull, drizzly.
Took Alfy to Faulkner’s and Selfridge’s Toy Departments. All lunch 1.30 except Alfy and Gus, who with Mr Hopkinson. We other 5 to War Museum 2.30 – 4.30. All home tea (and “Hoppy” too). Sewed. J. L and Alfy and I dined 6.30. Other 3 to dine and see Tip-Toes with Macklehenny’s.


Wednesday 8th September 1926

Dull. Dark.
Took Alfy to Science Museum. Back 12.30. Amy and Gus to Poultry. Gus and J. L. out to lunch. Frank, Alfy and I to see “Unknown Soldier” at Capitol Theatre (movie). Home 6.35. Dressed. Dinner. Other 4 to see Rookery Nook. I put Alfy to bed.

Rookery Nook by Ben Travers

Thursday 9th September 1926

Warm. Dullish.
Out to St James’ Palace with Alfy to see guard changes. Taxi to 21 Oxford Terrace and fetched evening dress. Lunch all at Brown’s. Took Frank and Alfy to Zoo and took movies of them. Taxis both ways. Tea at Brown’s. Evening spent in packing up parcels and Steel’s packed trunk. Very hot. To bed 10.45.

Friday 10th September 1926

Fine. Hot.
Sent off parcels. Packed Alfy’s bag. Frank, Alfy and I taxi to 21 Oxford Terrace. Amy and J. met us there. All to Sefridge’s and Sleep’s. Lilley and Skinner. Lunch (all) at Brown’s. Grouse. To Kodak to see Movies. Tea. Packed and dressed. At 7 Alys, Dennis and Eva came. Birthday dinner to ME! Cake, shawl from Gus! All to Wyndham’s to see The Ringer. (Put Alfy to bed first). Lovely evening.

Saturday 11th September 1926

Fine. Cooler. Dull later.
Up 8.20. Packed. Sent wire to Alfy. Finished packing at 10.30. Steel’s and J. L. in bus to Euston for Liverpool and sailed on Franconia. I taxi to 21 Oxford Terrace Alys came to lunch (eggs). I back with her, and tea and dinner at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Brent, Phil (very big!). Out with Alys, Eva and Brent to Church. Teddy Berry in. I home 9.45.

Arrive London 6th
5th “I don’t know why I have to be left out of this party.” A.G.B.S.
6th “Haven’t re-nigged once”
Steel’s sail September 11th Franconia. Deck C. Stateroom 66.

Sunday 12th September 1926

Very fine.
Unpacked. Up at 12 to Alys. Dinner there. Talked to Eva re lessons. Tea. All out with Brent (except Phil). To Laughton’s. Alys and Eva home by bus. Dennis and I walked at about 8. Supper. I home by busses at 9.45.

Monday 13th September 1926

Fine. Warm.
Did a lot of washing clothes. My 47th birthday. To see Wade at 12.30. To Chenies Street for Gus’ book. Lunch at Shoolbred’s. Home. Had hair cut. To Alys’ to tea. Irene there (Eva’s friend). They played tennis. Stayed dinner. Played Hearts in evening. I home 10.30. Unwell.

Tuesday 14th September 1926

Wrote letters to Amy and Gus. Wade came 12.15. Out to lunch at Regent Palace with her. To Tivoli to see The Big Parade. Tea at Eustace Miles’ Restaurant. Home. Wrote E.P. Supper late. To bed.

the big parade
1926 The Tivoli Strand Cinema Programme. The Big Parade. John Gilbert, R Adoree

Wednesday 15th September 1926

Dull. Some showers.
Packed and to Euston and 10.50 train to King’s Langley. Met by Kit and boys. All in car to Buckingham. Dr Eben Pemberton! for Peter. Round by Stowe School. Back to tea 5.30. Lunch picnic on the way. Played tennis with the boys. Edward in. Dinner. Card trick. To bed 10.15.

Thursday 16th September 1926

Very fine. Hot.
Sat in garden all a.m. Sewing and talking. Peter with his trains. Took Cook to station in car and fetched Cousin Jeanie to lunch. Sat in garden. Then long rest and sleep on bed! Tennis, tea. Edward back at 7. Dinner. Week-end game and telegrams.

Friday 17th September 1926

Very fine. Hot.
Sat in garden after writing letters. Played some tennis. Lunch. Rested. Kit and boys in car with me to Watford. I back home. Tea (bought bread and butter). To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Dinner there. Unpicked Eva’s frock. Home 10.15.

Saturday 18th September 1926

Very hot and fine.
Ironed chemises. Dennis brought Eva and we shopped together and lunched at Regent Palace. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Sewed and lazed. Tea. Dinner. Teddy Berry in evening and played week-end game. All took me home in car at 10.45.

15th 10.50 Euston to Kit’s till Friday.
12.30. Tuesday C.H.W.
Letters to Amy and Gus – 14th
Letters to E.P. 14th
Letters to Ella 17th from Kings Langley.

Sunday 19th September 1926

Very hot – 88 degrees
Did washing. To C.H.W.’s. Back. Own lunch – egg and cheese. Sewed. Up to Alys; had to walk from Kilburn. Tea and supper. Dennis took Eva out for driving lesson. Dennis and Eva took me home in car at 10.30.

Monday 20th September 1926

Very hot and fine.
Did ironing. Wade came, with the Standen baby. I lunch, and to Kardomah. Met Alys, Eva and Philip at Marble Arch. Saw “Mons” cinema. Tea at Sagne’s. Home with them. Dinner. Mikado on wireless. I home at 9.30 by busses.


Tuesday 21st September 1926

Took washing. Bus to Alys. Did odd jobs and out with Alys. Lunch. Dennis up at 3. All to see Phil off to Windlesham School. Tony Wilson too, first time. Tea at Gorringe’s after. Home with Alys and Eva. I home alone. Supper. Wrote Kit with English Speaking Union paper.

Wednesday 22nd September 1926

Cool. Fine.
Met Alys and Eva at Oxford Circus. Shopped. Bourne and Hollingsworth – evening dress for Eva. Lunch at Lab – 8 of us! Spencer, and friends of Miss Roland’s. Back to 76 Cholmley Gardens with Alys and Eva. Did sewing, ironing. Tea. Nita Paul and her baby, Jennifer Ann came – 5 months. Dennis home. Dinner. I away at about 10.

Thursday 23rd September 1926

Out early and bought bag for Alys and bible and Onoto pen for Eva. Black dress for self and shoes, Hanan. Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Lunch. At 2 came Dennis with “tumbril”. All to see Eva off to Sherborne 3 p.m. Alys and I to see The Big Parade. Coffee at English Speaking Union. To Kardomah. Back with Alys and dinner with Dennis and her. Riverside Nights on wireless. “Tommy make room”.


Friday 24th September 1926

In all a.m. Lunch in. To Selfridge’s for bible for Phil and had it sent to him. Packed, and up to Alys to stay. Dennis away to boat for weekend. Cold.

Saturday 25th September 1926

Very cold.
Took Brent out in a.m. At 3 to Chelsea and played Badminton with Dorothy and Mike Harrison and his girlfriend and Conrad Ormond. Tea. Back to 6 Elm Park Road for supper. Home at 10.30.

Write Tades
Phil goes 2st
Eva goes 23rd
Elsa home 25th
Tea and supper – 6 Elm Park Road.
Dorothy’s work begins. They start home 15th

Sunday 26th September 1926

Very cold.
Took Brent out and to Ayrton’s. Stayed about ½ hour. Home dinner 1. Rested and slept in p.m. Mrs Higgins out. Got tea and supper. Teddy Berry in evening.

Monday 27th September 1926

Took Brent out to Golders Green. Then out again to town. To change Alys’ bag and buy her a hat. She lunched at Lab. I at J.P. restaurant. Met at Shoolbred’s. To Marshall’s and Harries’. She home. I home separately. Cooked apples and onions. To bed 9.15.

Tuesday 28th September 1926

Warmer. Showers.
(Phil 13). Out to visit Northcourt Hospital. On to Chalk Farm. Visited school. To Leicester Square to Harry Jacobs’. Sold tickets. Lunch at Jones’. To shops – Stagg and Russell, Swan and Edgar, Pontings. Got dress. Home by 27. Sewed taffeta dress. Cooked supper of spaghetti.

Wednesday 29th September 1926

Waited for Alys but finally went to play Baddy with Polly and Dorothy and Alys and Conrad at Chelsea. Home to lunch, late. Out at 4 to take racquet to Wisden’s. To 76 Cholmley Gardens (no tea but cakes). Stayed to supper. Home at 10.20.

Thursday 30th September 1926

Fine. Warmer.
Busy in a.m. washing and out to shops, near. Cyrus phoned. Lunch (sausages) Out at 2.45 to Claridge’s Hotel. Saw Cyrus McCormack and with him to Victoria at 3.45. He to Paris. I on to Susie’s to tea. Home at 7.20. Supper. Steel’s letters came. To bed 9.30.

Friday 1st October 1926

Fine. Warm.
Doz phoned and asked herself to lunch. Out to buy food at Sefridge’s. She came 1.15 lunch. She left 3.30. I cleared up. Out at 4 to Wisden’s for racquet. To English Speaking Union. Read Vogue. Wrote E.P. Home. Washed up lunch. Had supper. Bath.

Saturday 2nd October 1926

Warm. Fine.
Out to shops. Sewed. Washed clothes. Had lunch. At 2.30 to Badminton; 1st day of our club. Miss Sanguinetto, Lutyens’ brother, Major? 14 in all. Home. Dennis, Alys and Helen over with crystal set and again after supper till 10. Greenwich Time back again. Listened-in to Alan Cobham. Back from Australia.

Sir Alan John Cobham, KBE, AFC (1894 – 1973) – an English aviation pioneer

Kriesler 3rd Sold
Might hear from Steel’s – 2nd
Letters from Steel’s – 30th
30th to Susie after 4. Knock.
1st Wrote E.P. from English Speaking Union.
2nd Wrote Alfy.

Sunday 3rd October 1926

Dull. Mild.
Out to dairy. Cut piece off big fur coat and sewed up. Lunch. Rested. To tea at 26 Compayne. On to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Supper with Alys and Dennis and Helen (staying there). Home 9.45.

Monday 4th October 1926

Dull. Mild.
Out to Evans’ and to Peter Jones’ and Harrods’. Home to lunch at 1.15. Rested. Did a good deal of sewing. Made lots of little rosettes for black dress. Supper. Wrote Eva. Listened-in. Plunket Greene, etc.

Tuesday 5th October 1926

Dull. Mildish.
Sewed black dress and green skirt. Lunch at Woolworth’s. Dennis and Spencer to see about wireless. I to Alys to tea, and Ethel Miles and Lady Crowe and “Pat” Crowe to tea. I home about 7.20. Cooked supper.

Wednesday 6th October 1926

Fine. Warm.
Out at 9 to Mansfield Road School. Meeting. Dr Reade in the Chair. Ethel away. In his car to Hampstead. Met Alys Golders Green. Home with her to lunch. Out with her and Brent. Home by bus from Finchley Road. Christina called at 3. Did dressmaking all a.m. and evening. Miss Palmer in at 9 to talk about Mrs Foote. To bed 10.15.

Thursday 7th October 1926

Fine on whole.
To town and lunched at English Speaking Union. To Alys’ to tea. Mrs E.V. Miles and Mary, and Mary Manisty to tea. I stayed on to dinner; Dennis back; and also stayed the night.

Friday 8th October 1926

Fine. Cooler.
Home about 10.30. Sewed. Alys came at 12. Both to Selfridge’s and then to English Speaking Union to lunch. Looked in shops and to cinema to see the Duchess and the Butler (me: the Waiter). Menjon and Vidor. Home to supper with Dorothy at 6 Elm Park Road. Stayed till 10.30. Herbert Asquith there before supper, Cynthia’s husband

Saturday 9th October 1926

Out to shops and did some sewing and ironing on green skirt. Alys came to lunch. Both to Badminton afterwards. Fun. Home. Supper. Made coleslaw. To bed 9.45. Listened-in.

Might hear 9th
5th to Alys to tea.
7th to Alys to tea.
3rd Tea at 26 Compayne.
6th 10 a.m. Mansfield Road.
5th letters from E.P. and Gus.
8th Supper at Barnard’s.

Sunday 10th October 1926

Fine. Cold.
Read “L’Etui de Nacre” Anatole France. Did sewing, washing. Phoned Helen. Max phoned. Lunch. Up to tea at Elsa’s. Mr Murray and Gerda there. Stayed on to supper, and Helen came up at 8.30. Saw movie pictures. Very interesting. St Jean de Luz. Home by 28 and 16, Helen and Murray too.

Monday 11th October 1926

Dull. Showers.
Sewed fur coat. To lunch 1.30 at 26 Compayne. On to Alys’. Tea with her and Esme Renton. Home at 5. Supper. Out at 6.30 to Kingsway Theatre. Saw Ibsen’s “Rosmersholm” -. Edith Evans. Excellent.

Tuesday 12th October 1926

Sewed. Out to shops. Alys came at 1. We lunched. Then to New Gallery Cinema to see Four Horsemen – Valentino. Very good film. Tea at Fuller’s. Home. Sewed a lot. Supper 8. Sewed till 10. Listened-in. To sleep 10.45.

Wednesday 13th October 1926

Fine. Lovely.
Walked across park and gardens to South Kensington Museum for card for Frank Steel. On to Macrae Gallery. On to Pluchino’s with bag. Lunch at Lightning Feed place in Brompton Road. Walked home. Rested. Did barbola things. Tea. Sewed fur on coat. Supper. Sewed coat. To bed 10.

Thursday 14th October 1926

Dull, cool.
Went to see Wade, and to Shoolbred’s. Lunch at home and sewed all afternoon on lining of coat. Evening too. Wrote Frank Steel’ and listened-in.

Friday 15th October 1926

Rain all day.
Sewed hard. Met Polly at Goupil Gallery. Private View. To lunch with Alys at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Away in rain to County Hall, Wesminster. Special Schools Conference. Tea with E.H.M. at Lyons. Home. Supper and to bed.

Saturday 16th October 1926

Dull. Cold.
Sewed at coat lining. Lunch. To Badminton at 3.30. Tea. Home 5.20. Out to Euston 6.07 train to King’s Langley. Met 6.40 by Kit and Keith in car. Tom Buchanan staying weekend. Jim Archer to dinner. To bed (in Peter and George’s room) 10.30.

11th lunch at 26 Compayne
15th 3.30 Meeting County Hall 129.
16 To Kitty for weekend.
6.07 train Euston. Wrote Frank. Wrote Amy 15th.
Wrote Gus 11th
Letter from Amy 13th

Sunday 17th October 1926

Fine. Very cold.
Out for a lovely walk with Kitty, Katherine and Edward. and Barbara. George Buchanan and Kenneth came to dinner (in hired car). Talk all p.m. and in cottage. Tea. They went at 5. Talk. Supper. Knitted. To bed 11.15.

Monday 18th October 1926

Fine. Very cold.
To Watford in car at 11. With Tom in train. To Paddington, and home. Lunch. To Paddington at 2.45 to meet Tades and Lucy, Alys too. Took Tades to Golders Green and home, after tea at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Supper and listened-in.

Tuesday 19th October 1926

Very cold.
Met Elsa and Max at Franck’s, Camomile Street – 12. Lunch at Gargoyle with them. To China shops and King Street, St James’ to see Rousseau paintings (Douanier). Back to Church Row. Tea and dinner at Ayrton’s. Movies. Home at 10.15 or so.

Wednesday 20th October 1926

Walked to Manisty’s with Burger’s racquet across Kensington Gardens. Met. To War Museum for Tank picture. To Pluchino’s for bag. Walked home across Park. Lunch. To Mansfield Road School display 2.30 – 4. By 15 bus to Ladbroke Gardens to see Burkhalter. Swiss hotel proprietor. Home 6.

Thursday 21st October 1926

Dull. Cool.
Out to shops – Selfridge’s. At 12.30 C.H.W. came. Lunch here (chicken stew). Sewed all p.m. Spencer came and put in my crystal set, instead of 2 valve set. All had tea together. He finished (3.30) at 7.40. Gave him Albert Hall tickets. Wade went at 7.50. Supper. 1st time this autumn fire in sitting room.

Friday 22nd October 1926

Out to Selfridges. Lucy Brewtnall came to lunch and we went to “Rookery Nook” at Aldwych Theatre 2.30. Tea there. Home in 13 with her to Baker Street. She on to Alys. I home. Supper and early to bed and listened to Colonial Premiers on radio and Hoffmann.

Saturday 23rd October 1926

Very cold.
Out to shops in neighbourhood. Cooked lunch in oven. To Badminton. Poured out tea, as Mrs M. away. Home. Supper. Listened in.

19th With Elsa to King Street.
23rd – pour tea at Badminton.
21st C.H.W. at 12.30 or Wednesday p.m. after 4.30.
20th 10.30 – 12 or 2.30 – 4. Mansfield Road.
22nd Lucy to lunch and theatre.
20th 1.30 to Alys for Brent

Sunday 24th October 1926

Cold. Fine.
Up late. Packed. Painted taps. Dennis came for me. To Alys’. Took Lucy to Faraday’s and fetched Tades from there (so she and I to stay at 76 Cholmley Gardens). Dinner. Tades rested. I out on Heath with Dennis and Brent. Tea. Supper. To bed 11.

Monday 25th October 1926

Very cold. Fine rain in p.m.
I out with Tades at about 11 and we sat in playground, in sun all a.m, Brent too. Lunch. Housework. Tades rested in p.m. Alys out to shops. I did haddock, rice for kedgeree. Helen to supper. Snow in evening.

Tuesday 26th October 1926

Very cold. Fine.
Alys out with Tades in a.m. “Miss Howard” came for housework all day. I wrote E.P. Tades stayed on sofa in p.m. Alys and I with Brent to Barnes’. Tea. Sewed curtains. Dennis in at 8.20 to dinner.

Wednesday 27th October 1926

Alys out with Brent. Both did housework. Then Alys and Tades to meet Doz at Karaways’ and Alys to Lab to lunch. I at home with Brent. Tades and Alys home about 2.45. I out to Chalk Farm School, visit. Home to tea.

Thursday 28th October 1926

Rain, raw.
With Dennis in car to 21 Oxford Terrace. Changed coat and hat. To House of Lords at 11 to hear Bombay Inquiry. George Buchanan’s evidence. At 1 went with Edward Buchanan to Army and Navy Stores for lunch. Back to House of Lords – 2.30 – 5. Kenneth, Gladys, there. Home by 53 to Alys’. Talk in evening. Tired. Unwell.

Kitty’s husband’s brother – Sir George Cunningham Buchanan KCIE (1865 – 1940) was a British civil engineer particularly associated with harbour works in Burma. He was invited to Bombay to investigate a potential land reclamation project, the Bombay Backbay reclamation. The costs of the huge and ambitious scheme, and the time it would take to complete, soon escalated out of control, and a subsequent enquiry blamed him. 

Friday 29th October 1926

Rain, slightly milder.
“Maud” came. I off, via my Bank, to Bombay Back Bay Inquiry 11 – 1. Kit there and Isabelle. Lunch with Kit at Abbey Restaurant. Taxi; She to Euston. I out at Oxford Street. Home by 48 to Alys’. She and Tades to Rookery Nook. I took Brent for walk. Then rested. Supper.

Saturday 30th October 1926

Cold. Dull.
Housework. Alys and Dennis to see Phil. I with Tades to Golders Green to buy her wool. Home. Lunch. Alys cooked fish. All sat in sitting room, doing curtains Dennis not home till 8.30 as car wrong. Stevenson (Steve) to dinner. Motor meals and soup. He left at 11.45. Anthracite stove.

28th George Buchanan’s Inquiry – Back Bay
26th Wrote E.P.
Wrote Aunt Bella 24th 

Sunday 31st October 1926

Very cold.
Housework. Maud came. Tades and I walked out with Brent. Heath Drive, Croftway. Dinner. Dennis, Alys and Tades and Brent out in car to Elstree. I rested. Tea. Supper.

Monday 1st November 1926

Took Brent out. Alys out with Tades. I sewed satin hat. Lunch. Sewed. Early tea (took Brent out again). Alys and I saw Tades off to Broadway at Paddington at 4.45. Lois and Lucy too. Home. Dr Dennis in. Supper. Listened-in.

Tuesday 2nd November 1926

Dull. Damp. Milder.
Alys and I down with Dennis to 21 Oxford Terrace. On to House of Lords – Bombay Enquiry. Alys to Lab. I to lunch at 6 Elm Park Road. To Badminton with Poz, Doz and Miss Garrard – 3 setts. Tea at Blue Cockatoo. I back to Alys’. Dennis out at Meeting. Supper. Dresses. To bed 10.20.

Wednesday 3rd November 1926

Milder. Dull.
Out with Alys to town (suitcase to 21 Oxford Terrace first). To Swiss Federal Railways. To book seats and Wagon Lits. To Piccadilly, Asprey’s, Alys home. I lunched at Evans’. To Lafayette’s. Home finally to 21 Oxford Terrace. Did food shopping. Accounts. Letters. Wireless. Supper.

Thursday 4th November 1926

Mild. Dull.
Down to House of Lords’ – George Buchanan ill, so adjourned. To Scotland Yard. To English Speaking Union. Met Alys at Selfridge’s. She bought Phil’s tunic. Lunch together at Court. To Marshall’s. She bought black dress. Home, (separated). I looked out pieces in trunk. Supper. Bath.

Friday 5th November 1926

Fineish. Mild.
Sewed, ironed collar and socks for E.P. At 1 to Helen’s (walked). Lunch there. Both to Elliott and Fry’s. S.P.A. Exhibition (Harding’s). To Alys by 53. Mrs Styer to tea there. I took Brent for walk. Alys and Dennis to celebrate 20th anniversary engagement. They took me home in Daimler, and they on to dine and theatre. I supper and to 5 Mandeville Place to Katherine Buchanan, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Saturday 6th November 1926

Some rain.
Did washing. Out to shops. Kit came to lunch, which Mrs Boyte provided. I to Badminton, enjoyed it and played well! Straight to Kath’s nursing home after, for 5 minutes. Home. Supper. To bed at 8.30 as tired. Listened-in.

4th – Kath’s operation.
6th 9 a.m.
2nd to 6 Elm Park Road 1.30.
5th To Helen’s – 1 o’clock.
£11.4.6 about – Ticket to Lenk and sleeper back.

Sunday 7th November 1926

Did cleaning and mending. Max and Mrs Styer rang up, inviting me for the night. Cooked lunch. Out at 3. Walked to Nell’s. Left tickets. To Sissie’s to tea. Tingy Archer there. To Faraday’s for supper. Paul there. I home at 11.10.

Monday 8th November 1926

Rain in p.m.
Mended things. To take washing and to see Kath and took her flowers. Home to lunch, after Selfridge’s. Alys came in. Both in bus to Swiss Cottage. I to tea at 12 Eton Road to see Cousin Jeanie at Flo Buchanan’s. Home to supper.

Tuesday 9th November 1926

Dull. Heavy showers.
Met Alys at Army and Navy Stores at 11. Bought skiing suit. To Fox’s, Drury Lane. Lunch at Strand Palace. To Henri’s for Alys’ hair-cut. To Kath at Mandeville Place. Taxi to Warrant Street. Alys and I tea at Elsa’s. I stayed to dinner. Home at 11.30. Sir Owen Williams there all evening.

Wednesday 10th November 1926

Out to Selfridge’s. Dorothy came at 11.50. Talked. Had lunch. Talked. She away and I to see Katharine. Home at 5. Supper.

Thursday 11th November 1926

Out at 9.50. Met Helen and both to Cenotaph together. For 11 o’clock silence and ceremony. To 5 Mandeville Place. Lunched with Kit at Debenham and Freebody. To shops. Home. Very tired. Rested, slept. Quiet evening as very tired from morning crowd.

Friday 12th November 1926

Dull. Mild.
Out to House of Lords to hear enquiry. Bombay. George being examined. 11-1 and 2.30 – 5. To Scotland Yard. And ate sandwiches on Embankment with seagulls. Home at 6. Straight on to Alys’ to stay night. Supper with her. Dennis out. Sidney Laughton called.

Saturday 13th November 1926

Rain all day.
I with Brent by 53 bus to St John’s Wood Road. Walked home from there. Left him at 21 Oxford Terrace. I to Bombay Enquiry 10.45 – 1. Home. Lunch. Took Brent out. To Badminton. Home at 5.30. To shops with Brent. Supper. Listened-in. Schenectady U.S.A!

7th to supper at 8 North Square
10th Dorothy Barnard to lunch
8th tea at 12 Eton Road, Northcourt first.
12th Nell to tea.
13th – Alys and Dennis to Tonbridge. Brent to me.

Sunday 14th November 1926

Fine on whole. Showers.
Out with Brent in Park and round Round Pond, Kensington Gardens. Rested. Lunch. Took Brent out again. Then to tea at Lewis Baumer’s. Gutch’s there. Maurice. Home. Out with Brent. Supper. Read “Mr Clissold” Wells.

Monday 15th November 1926

Dull. Fine. Mild early.
Out in park with Brent. Met H.A. Leggett. Then to House of Lords for George’s Inquiry. To shops for evening dress. Home to lunch 1.30. Out with Brent. Alys in on way home from Cave’s and Tonbridge. Nell Sime to tea, and until 7! Dennis Embleton called for Brent 7.15. George Buchanan rang up. Supper and to bed.

Tuesday 16th November 1926

Indoors sewing dress hem. Dolly Willis “blew in” and stayed to lunch. I out to meet Alys 2.30 and bought evening dress at Peter Robinson’s with her, for self. Home. Dressed and to dine with Baxter’s and Mr Bonham Carter and authoress of Madame Clare.

Wednesday 17th November 1926

Wrote letters. Kit in at 10.15. Alys phoned – sore throat. So I up to Cholmley Gardens at 12. Stayed lunch. She rested, I too. Tea. Sewed. Dennis in. Dinner. Jugged hare. Listened-in. To bed (Alys better) about 10.30.

Thursday 18th November 1926

Out to shops for Alys. Then home at 11.45. C.H.W. came at 12.30. Took her to Evan’s. Lunch there. To Lab. To Wade’s room. Dennis and Spencer came with Wade’s new crystal set. Tea with C.H.W. and Spencer. Home at 6. Supper and to bed 10.30. Read A. A. Boodle’s R.L.S. and his Sine Qua Non.

Friday 19th November 1926

Did a lot of muddling about with clothes. Out to Somerset House and Abbott’s and Head’s. Home to lunch at 1.30. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Ethel there, who did Elsa’s dress for me. On to tea and dinner at Elsa’s. She had had paints. Sat in little room. I knitted ski socks. Sewed bead dress.

Saturday 20th November 1926

Out to shops. Then after lunch to Lab. Walked to Oxford Street. Bus to Badminton. Good games. Home at 6.20. Supper and to bed early. Coldy. Bath.

16th Dine Baxter’s at 8 p.m.
18th C.H.W. lunch – 15th Nell to tea.
19th Elsa all day?
14th Wrote F.Steel.
Wrote E.P. – 16th

Sunday 21st November 1926

Fine, then rain, then fine.
Washed things. Brent came at 10.45 (they on to Brighton). Took him to Round Pond. Got very wet on way home. Lunch. Rested. Out in Park again with Brent at 3.35. Listened-in to Hassan. They called for Brent 10.15.

Monday 22nd November 1926

In all a.m. sewing. Lunch. Up to Alys ot tea. Helen still there. Dennis back at 7.15. He and Alys to dine at Barnard’s and took me back in car at 7.30. Listened-in.

Tuesday 23rd November 1926

Dennis phoned. Alys lost her voice. I to buy silk gloves for Eva, then up to Alys. Did shopping and stayed all day. Iris Harmar to dine. I got supper. Slept there. Lot of phoning to Ponting’s about velveteen.

Wednesday 24th November 1926

Bright. Sun in a.m.
Alys out to shops. Then I took Brent a walk. Lunch. I to Northcourt at 2.30 and on to Chalk Farm at 3 – 3.25. Home. Cooked potato soup. Supper. Kit phoned. Knitted. To bed 10.

Thursday 25th November 1926

Fog. Cold.
Took work over to Macrae Gallery. To Harrod’s and saw skiing! Home to lunch. Met Alys at Oxford Circus. Chose dresses for Eva and Alys at Bourne and Hollingsworth. Home. Knitted. To bed 10. Looked up presents.

Harrods department store introduced artificial snow into their sporting goods section to enable winter sports enthusiasts to actually try out the equipment. Swiss Army Ski Corps gives a lesson to a customer.

Friday 26th November 1926

Rain. Damp. Dull.
Out to sell books in Praed Street 5/-. Home and sewed black skirt. Also in p.m. Alys and Dennis brought Brent to stay. Then on to Sherborne for Eva’s Confirmation. I to Barnard’s for supper. Home at about 11. Took Brent out.

Saturday 27th November 1926

Took Brent walk in Park and Kensington Gardens. Home to lunch. Sausages. Out with Brent again. Then to Badminton. Heard of skiing school at 31 Haymarket, from Mr Howells. Home. Supper.

Brent to stay 26th to 29th
Isabelle Buchanan died at sea 21st.
Friday to 6 Elm Park Road 7.15.
Thursday Cousin Jeanie and Flo.

Sunday 28th November 1926

Fine. Colder.
Out with Brent in Park and Kensington Gardens in a.m. Lunch. Rested in p.m. till 4. Then called on Baxter’s and Sime’s. Both out. Home. Tea. Knitted. Supper. Took Brent out.

Monday 29th November 1926

Did washing. Heard Boyte’s dog has distemper! Took Brent in Park in rain. Had lunch at 26 Compayne. Lady Moore (on O.M.S. in strike (me: Organisation for the Maintenance of Supplies)) there. Phoned Helen. Home. Took Brent and his cushions to 8 Abercorn Place (walked in rain). Tea there. Home 6.30. Supper and to bed. Legs very rheumatic.

Tuesday 30th November 1926

Heard not distemper. Took washing and to Debenham’s and Waring’s. To National Portrait Gallery. To Ski-ing School! 31 Haymarket. Home. Hurried lunch. To Helen’s. Back with Brent. Kit and Kath in. Alys in later. Tea together (coffee). To Souttar’s at Home to hear Kathleen Thomson play. In car.

Wednesday 1st December 1926

At 10 to Meeting at Northcourt. To Compayne with Ethel. Then to Alys. Lunch there, and stayed on. She to tea with Mrs Binney. I out with Brent twice (Barbara Huddleston and Nana Swanenberg in). Stayed dinner too. And home at 10.

Thursday 2nd December 1926

Dull. Damp.
Rheumatic knees. To Gamage’s. To Alys (Elsa there sewing!) Both of us stayed lunch and tea. Knitted all p.m. Away at 4.30. Home, dressed to Christina’s at 30 Philbeach Gardens to dine at 6.30 and At Home to hear Miss Manby speak on Hospital for National Women’s Clubs. Home 10.30.

Friday 3rd December 1926

Fine. Cold.
Out to local shops, knitting-needles and had hair-cut. Tidied up and cleaned brasses. Lunch. Alys came at 4. Also Cousin Jeanie and Flo Buchanan to tea. Quiet evening. Bath. Knitted.

Saturday 4th December 1926

Dull. Cool.
To Fortnum and Mason’s. Bought skating boots and skates! And To Evans’ and walked home. Lunch. To Badminton. Knee hurt but not too much. Home. Supper Bed late. Knitted white and green cap.

Thursday 2nd to Christina 6.30 p.m.
29th 1.30 to 26 Compayne
30th 9 pm Souttar’s
3rd Cousin Jeanie 4 p.m.
3rd To Elsa’s to dinner 7.30.
1st 10 Northcourt Meeting

Sunday 5th December 1926

Fine. Cold.
Indoors washed things. Lunch. Out at 3.30. Tea at William Miles’. Morgan’s there. Called on Aunt Louie. Sissie there. To supper at Ayrton’s. Alfred Ayrton there. Nice evening. Home at 10.

Monday 6th December 1926

Out to shops and tidied. Sent parcel to Mrs Hunt. Lunch. Alys phoned feeling ill. Kitty and Kath to tea at 4.20. Also George Buchanan at 4.35. They left at about 7. He stayed till 6.50. I up to Alys and Dennis to supper and evening. Alys in bed.

Tuesday 7th December 1926

Dennis not feeling well – sick. Miss Howard came. Alys better. Out with her to Thew’s and Swiss Federal Railways. Lunch at Court Restaurant. Home about 3.30. Tea, sewed and knitted. Dennis home at 11. Medical Meeting. Slept at 76 Cholmley Gardens.

Wednesday 8th December 1926

Dull and cold.
Back with Dennis. Did up presents for Steel’s and Post Office and sent parcel to them. Lunch. Tea. To 6 Elm Park Road to dine and with Poz and Doz and Magdalen to Handel Society concert at Kingsway Hall. Home (taxi ) from Dorothy’s at 10.30.

Thursday 9th December 1926

Very fine.
Muddled about washing, trying on Swiss things. Out to Kensington. Lunch at Lyons’ there. Bought frock at Derry and Toms. To Harmar’s for boots (not good) to English Speaking Union. Tea. At 5 to Ski-School – lesson from Myers till 6. Fun. Photo taken by A. Press. Home. Supper. To bed. Knitted cap.

Friday 10th December 1926

Dull. Mild.
Out to shops. Chappell’s, Gamage’s. Lunch at Mesdag’s. To Bourne and Hollingsworth. Then at 2.45 to Mansfield Road School and Myopic by tram. To Alys’ to tea. Sat there. To 26 Compayne. Home. Alys and Dennis to Cox’s for weekend. Brent to Helen’s.

Saturday 11th December 1926

To Victoria to order bus for Xmas Day. To Parnell’s. Home. Lunch. To Badminton. Home at 5.30. To Euston. 6.07 to King’s Langley. Handy and Dick Aplin in car. Dinner. Jim Archer and Kate Jorgensen in evening. Charlston!

11th to Kit’s 6.15.
Send off Xmas things this week to U.S.A.
8th Handel Concert
6, 7 or 9 – G.C. Buchanan?
9th 12 Meet Elsa. Horticultural

Sunday 12th December 1926

Dull. Rain.
Indoors all day! Knitting ski-socks, talking. On bed in p.m. Read “The Wreckers”.

Monday 13th December 1926

Dull. Cold.
Car to station. Train 9.50 to Euston. Kath and Kit too. Lunch at home, very late as did shopping first. Alys came at 3. Had had bad eye all weekend. Coffee here with her 4.30. Stayed in and sewed. To dance 9.30 Rembrandt Hotel – Manisty’s. Home 1.15.

Tuesday 14th December 1926

Dull, drizzle but not always.
Alys rang up about Oxford and Cambridge Rugger match. So I to Waterloo 12. Me Alys, Will and Gwen Cave, Margaret and Douglas Cox, Becky Sharp. All to Twickenham. Wonderful game. Cambridge won. Lunch on stand. Home. Tea, Supper 6.30. Sewed and wrote letters to bed 10.30 or 11.

Wednesday 15th December 1926

Fine. Cold.
Did up parcels for Xmas. Wadie came and we lunched at Court Restaurant. To Ben Hur cinema at Tivoli. Ramon Novarro. Very good picture. Home to tea. I to 6 Elm Park Road to dinner. Conrad in evening. Games. Home 11.15.

Thursday 16th December 1926


Did odd jobs. To Spring Street – Post Office. Up to Alys from Paddington. Had lunch there. Walked to Elsa’s with parcels and Brent. Sat and worked with Alys. Tea and also dinner (chicken!). Dennis back. They took me home in car at 10.30.

Friday 17th December 1926

Did odd jobs. Tried on Swiss outfit, socks To Lab for ear-phones. To Bumpus’and Pemberthy’s. Home to lunch late. To Head’s and to Paul Faraday, 1A The Boltons to tea. He drove me home in his Rover. Supper while walking to St James Theatre. Pit. Sat from 6.50 till 8. “The Last of Mrs Cheyney” – Du Maurier and Gladys Cooper.

Saturday 18th December 1926

Very fine.
Out to Bank, Post Office. Lunch. To Badminton. Pontifex’s there. On, after tea, to Wilton Hotel. Talk and dinner with Ella and Mary Bell (en route for Mentone). Home about 10.

14th C.H.W. 12.30.
13th Dance at Rembrandt Hotel 9.30 Manisty’s
15th Supper at Barnard’s.
18th To Wilton Hotel to see Ella, 6.
17th Paul 4 o’clock

Sunday 19th December 1926

Fine. Some showers.
Bad pain for 20 minutes. Washed things. All day unravelling and knitting up Liberty jumper. Lunch and tea. Walked to Sime’s and had supper there. Nell there and Rowley, Rhodes scholar at Trinity Oxford. Home 10.45.

Monday 20th December 1926

Very fine. Sunny.
To Victoria to see Ella off, but missed her. Alys too. Met Phil 11.20 and Tony. To Lab in car to get Brent. Home (walked). Lunch. Did knitting and washed jumper. To Post Office with parcels – Max, Sissie. Knitted and listened-in all evening. To bed 10.

Tuesday 21st December 1926

Very fine. Frost. Sun.
Out to laundry and Evan’s. Lunch. To Criterion Theatre. Met Jim Archer and Christina at 2.15. Saw “The Whiteheaded Boy” – Lennox Robinson, Sara Allgood, Arthur Sinclair. Tea at National Liberal Club and Jim Archer walked back with met to Oxford Street. I to Lab and home. Supper and bed.

Wednesday 22nd December 1926

Dull. Cold.
To Waterloo at 11.10 to meet Eva. Dennis too. Back in car to Cholmley Gardens. Alys there. Phil in bad. Stayed to lunch, tea and supper. Sewed Eva’s fancy dress bodice. Home about 9.30. To bed.

Thursday 23rd December 1926

Dull and very cold.
Dennis brought Eva in car at 10.15. To shops with her. Shoes and Liberty’s. To Bond’s and she had hair-cut. Lunch in my room. To Lab. Eva and Dennis took Brent to High Wycombe in car, to boarding kennels. I had my hair cut. Home. Felt sickish. Listened-in and sewed.

Friday 24th December 1926

Fine and very cold.
Took Eno. Felt headachey. To Wadie’s with ginger-wine and tinned soup. Home by Lewis’ and Woolworth’s. Lunch there. Busy packing all p.m. and sewing in evening. Listened in. To bed about 10.30 or later.

Saturday 25th December 1926

Dull. Windy.
Packed in a.m. Lunch; and at 2.55 arrived Embleton’s in station bus. All of us to Victoria. 4. p.m. train to Dover. Crossed on “Invicta’ to Calais, rather rough. Tea on board. Dinner on train. Eva and I in 1st class at Amiens (10 p.m) till Delle 7 a.m. Good night. 15/- each extra on ticket.

To Lenk start 25th
20th or 21st Theature with Jim Archer 2.10 Criteria
19th Supper at Sime’s.
15th Supper at 6 Elm Park Road.
23rd Dorothy Barnard to lunch

Lenk, Switzerland

Sunday 26th December 1926

Lovely sun and snow.
Breakfast on train. Arrive Spiez about 12.15. Out and lunch there 4.50. On 1.20 to Zweisimmen. Changed and tiny train to ourselves to Lenk, arrived about 2. Got skis to fit boots at Goevaerts. Tea. Crowe’s there. Rested. To dinner. To bed 9.15.

Monday 27th December 1926

Lovely snow and fine.
All out to Goevaerts (Muller) for skis and off on slopes. Lovely a.m. Home for lunch. Out skiing till 4. Dennis began curling. Tea; wrote letters. Dinner. Dancing in evening. Here.

Tuesday 28th December 1926

Sunny. Less cold.
Out with Eva, Phil and Colin Crowe on slopes to ski. Lovely dry snow. Dennis and Alys on rink. Lunch at 1. Rested till 3.30. With Alys to rink. Tea. With Eva to shops. Wrote letters. Bath. Dinner. Dennis and Eva to Bellevue dance.

Wednesday 29th December 1926

Snow, sleet and rain.
Out in rain and snow all a.m. Boys ski-jumping. Alys ski-ing. Eva at home writing. Lunch. Indoor gymkhana. Egg-blowing. Tea. Alys, Eva and I out to get Alys’ hair-cut and waved at back (2.00)! Dance in evening. But no partners. Dennis rehearsing Phil and General Bartho? little girl.


Twins – Damn and Blast.

One Spaniard is Don Quixote
Two Spaniards is Don Quixote and Sancho Panza
Three Spaniards is a Retreat.

Schoolboy Howlers:
The Last Post is sounded by the burglars of our School Spitoon.

Water may be made hard by gargling, and the hardness removed by boiling it.

A relative pronoun is a family pronoun, such as mother, brother, aunt.

That old Arch goes back to William the Conqueror – what for? Don’t it fit?

Remember that awful fright you got on your Wedding Day? Got her still yet?

Yiddish Schoolmaster “What wants to go to Heaven?” One boy. “No. Why? My father says business has gone to Hell”.

Riffian campfire song:
One Englishman is a sportsman.
Two Englishmen are a drunken brawl
Three Englishmen are a British Colony”.



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