1932 – Richmond, Ullswater, Llanfairfechan,

In 1932, Edward is 56 years old, Kate is 53 years old and Alys is 48 years old. Eva is 23 years old and Philip is 19 years old (Alys and Dennis’ daughter and son).

Personal Memoranda:
Name: Katharine Boyd
Private Address: 21 Oxford Terrace, London W.2.
Telephone No: Paddington 2098
Telephone No of Friends: Hampstead 7014.

Friday 1st January 1932

Mild. Damp.
Eva down to breakfast in dressing gown. I walked to Ravensworth with Debby. Got sweets and stamps for change, tho’ Post Office shut. Wrote Kit. Alys wrote letters. Dennis and Alys to Morritt Arms, Greta Bridge.

morritt arms

Saturday 2nd January 1932

Mild. Damp.
Drove to Richmond (Phil driving). Shopped, but some still shut. Back 12. Dennis and Phil to Wardle’s. Took Debby out with Alys and Eva a little way. Eva still very shakey and no appetite.

Sunday 3rd January 1932

Lovely rainbows. Mild.
I out with Debby across fields. Then sat with Eva outside by croquet lawn. She not well enough to go to London. Wrote Amy Steel and postcards to Mrs Styer. Sat in smoking room with Eva and Dennis, he at wireless. Alys and Phil billiards. Packed up.


Monday 4th January 1932

Very fine and mild.
Finished packing. All off at about 11 or 12 so in car with trailer. Lunch on way, sandwiches. Back at 76 Cholmley Gardens at about 7.30. I stayed the night (in Phil’s bed in Eva’s room). He on mattress in his room. Unpacked flowers.

Tuesday 5th January 1932

Windy. Dull.
I back to 21 Oxford Terrace with Dennis in car and see Wade. Out to various shops, unpacked and out to Dickens and Jones (sale). On to Lupus Street coach station. Home by 36 bus. Early to bed, read and listened-in.

Wednesday 6th January 1932

Gales and rain.
Clearing-up. Alys in, and I with her in Chrysler to Westbourne Grove about divans. Lunch. Out to get Times and stuff for Wade’s curtains. Very wet. After early supper, to Old Vic “Knight of the Burning Pestle” Beaumont and Fletcher. Sybil Thorndike cutting of cake and Old Lang Syne after for Old Vic Circle.

night of burning

Thursday 7th January 1932

Cold. Dull.
Tidied up and out to Boot’s and laundry. Lunch at home. Up to tea at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Eva at home, had been sick (they expecting Willis’ to dine). I to Faraday’s 7.15. Lucy Brewtnall, The Shoesmith’s and to Miss Davis? Writing games. I to Hampstead Tube in Davis’ car.

Friday 8th January 1931

To Army and Navy gloves for rhinitis. Called for Eva and lunched together at Gorringe’s. Home. Busy making pleated skirt and alpaca wool pullover for Badminton. Sewed all p.m. and evening till 10. Wrote J.H.M. about Arts Theatre and to buy “Faraday”.


Saturday 9th January 1931

Bright. Cold.
Out early. Letter from Jim Archer. To Kingsway Theatre for ticket. Home. Out to lunch with Barnard’s at 6 Elm Park Road and stayed tea. Home. Alan Baumer phoned. Changed and met him at Volunteer. Nice dinner 7 p.m. I tube to Holborn to see Russian Plays – Benefit. Very crowded and good. 5 plays by Tchekov and Dostoevsky. Karsavina danced. Met Jim Archer after. Lipkowska sang. Home at 12.20.

Lydia Yakolevna Lipkowska (1882 – 1958) was a Russian-Romanian operatic soprano of Ukrainian origin.

6th Old Vic and cutting cake.
7th 7.15 to Faraday’s.
9th to 6 Elm Park Road about 1.
To Kingsway Theatre 8.15 Benefit.

Sunday 10th January 1932

Washed things. Wrote. At 3.30 out to Golders Green. Called on Paul with Ashcroft’s book. On to Sissie’s to tea. Alys called for me there in Baby Austin. To 76 Cholmley Gardens to supper. Eva sick again. Phil took me home all the way in Baby.

Monday 11th January 1932

To Kodak’s and to Treasure Cot for Virginia, Bourne and Hollingsworth. Home to lunch. At 3 along to Nell Sime’s with book. On to Kitty’s to tea and dinner. All of them not home. Sledge came in evening. Fun. Dumps with Handy “Plank”. Peter and George drove me all the way home.

treasure cot

Tuesday 12th January 1932

Letter from J.H.M. So to Arts Theatre Club. Then met Dorothy at Fine Arts in Savile Row 11.30. Rowlandson and other caricaturists. Home. Menie in bus. Quiet p.m. and evening. Tired. Sewed, bath. Phoned Alys. They at Varwill’s. Eva in bed.

Wednesday 13th January 1932

Showers. Milder.
Slept late. Out to shops. At 2 to Northcourt. Then on to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Eva in bed and Dr Larkin. I sewed and ironed green workbasket lining. To Art Club – jolly young model for short poses.

Thursday 14th January 1932

Fine, windy.
Out to Garrould’s and Marlow’s. Home. Along to Wade’s. took her to lunch. Thompson’s. Both to Mansfield Road School. Then to Bedford Palace to see “Rango”. 7d seats before 3.30. Home to tea. Then to Baker Street together and I to 76 Cholmley Gardens to dinner and sit with Eva. Others out at Stanmore. Lined workbasket.


Friday 15th January 1932

Mild. Dull.
Out to Kardomah and bus back. Tired. Worked at white accentuated pleated dress after lunch. At 3.30 to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Eva got up for tea, by Larkin’s permission. After tea, Phil drove me to Sissie’s. Altered her blue dress. After supper there, both of us to Art Club, Claude Flight’s lecture.

claude flight
Claude Flight was a British artist who pioneered and popularised the linoleum cut technique. He also painted, illustrated and made wood cuts.

Saturday 16th January 1932

Nice quiet day. Along to Cozen’s for sarsenet ribbon. Sewed various things. Badminton skirt and pullover. Rested 1½ hours. To Badminton at 8, meeting Phil there. He took me home in Baby Austin.

11th Tea and dinner at Buchanan’s.
14th To Wade’s 12.30
12th 11.30 Burlington.
15th Art Club Claude Flight 7. Sissie’s.
16th Sat 4 p.m. Elm Park Road.
17th Tea and supper Elsa’s.

Sunday 17th January 1932

Fineish. Mild.
Alys and Dennis called in Chrysler and to Lab for blood count. To 76 Cholmley Gardens for dinner 1.30. Eva up. Alys took Eva out in car in p.m. Phil and I helped Dennis with new super-hot set. Phil took me to Ayrton’s at 4.30. Tea and supper there. Alan there. Beswick’s to tea there.

Monday 18th January 1932

Up to Alys at 12 and stayed lunch. Sewed black ripple coat. Tea and sudden idea of going with Phil to skate with Cave’s so with him in Baby Austin at 5. Fetched my skates. To Bickley. Dinner at Cave’s. To Streatham Rink – skated till 11. Drove home by 11.45.

Tuesday 19th January 1932

Early to L.A. Sub-Committee Meeting 10. Out to 26 Compayne Gardens. Long talk about coaches and exams. Lunch at Stewart’s. To 76 Cholmley Gardens at 1.30. Home, sewed, re-arranged about Theatre and to Arts Theatre Club with tickets. To Baker’s and surprise meeting with Alys and Phil! Shoe Department. To Wade’s for 20 minutes. Home to bed. Very tired. Tried on fancy dress.

Wednesday 20th January 1932

Mild. Very dark.
To Selfridge’s for zip. To Boot’s. After lunch up to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Alys and Phil to Spencer’s cocktail party after tea. I with Eva, strung coral beads. Sandwiches and then to Art Club. Oil paints for 1st time there. Whole figure.

Thurdsay 21st January 1932

To Haverstock Hill School. Met Alys and Phil at Thew’s. Talked . Alys in Baby Austin. Home. Met Dorothy at Arts Theatre Club at 8.20. “The Comforter”, Laurence Housman and “The Judgement of Dr Johnson”, Chesterton.

Friday 22nd January 1932

Some fog in country.
Went to High Street, Marylebone for edibles. Home and prepared lunch. Menie at 1 until 3.30. Cleared up. At 5.30 Embleton’s in Chrysler’; I too to Tonbridge. Left Phil at School. Dined Rose and Crown and Dennis called on Maths master. Home at 11. Foggy in patches.

Saturday 23rd January 1932

To shops. Alys in to talk of Eva’s going away with Poz? I packed and rested. Over to Golders Green. Met by Lois 7. Dinner at Faraday’s. Dressed (Dutch dress). Lois, Laurie and I to dance at Institute gym. Art Club dance (4/-) Fun. Shoesmith’s and Rush’s. Models. Back to sleep at 77 at 1.15.

L.A. Sub Committee 10 1.m. 19th
29th Phil away?

Fancy dress dance. To Faraday’s 7.30.
22nd Menie. Phil to School.

Sunday 24th January 1932

Fine. Cold.
Nice walk to Ken. Wood with Lois. She motored me to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Dinner there. Sewed lace in Eva’s frock. Tea at Faraday’s. Embleton’s too, and Paul, Muriel and Michael. I stayed to supper. Embleton’s home as Teddy Berry coming. Laurie took me to 76 at 9. Telephoned to Beresford Hotel. Home at 10.15.

Monday 25th January 1932

Cool. Foggy a.m.
Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens with jersey and shoes for Eva. Home to lunch. To Victoria 2.5 Eva and Polly off to Birchington (both after flu). Home. Did oil paints. Sandwiches and to Old Vic at 5.30. Sat pit door. In at 6.50. Side balcony corner seat (2/6). Excellent “Julius Caesar”.

Tuesday 26th January 1932

To meet Alys at Evans’. 10.45. Together to Gamage’s about games. Photo. Alys home to lunch with me. Ham in ginger beer. Did game-cards. In evening 7.30 dinner Ayrton’s. Adrian and Lamb. Phyllis Tate, Little Schwabe after and Ed. Dunbar, Tony’s college girl friend. Schwabe himself too. Dancing chiefly. Home at 12.

Wednesday 27th January 1932

Cold. Dark.
Up late. Alys came in. I at 12 to Globe Theatre, took a gallery queue stall 6d. To Duchess for ticket. Lunch at Express Dairy in Covent Garden. To see “And so to Bed” at Globe. Yvonne Arnold and Frank Collier. Pepys 1st row gallery. Very good. Woman from Argentine next to me. Home. Supper. To Art Club, short poses, new model. Bath, not very hot.

Thursday 28th January 1932

Very cold and dark.
To Kitty’s at 11. Nice a.m. sewing. Lunch (very good) and then to Embassy Theatre to see “Full Fathom Five”. Very good in parts. Is murder justifiable? Home, supper. To Duchess Theatre to see “Windows”, Galsworthy preceded by “Trifles” Susan Glaispell. American, one-act.

Friday 29th January 1932

Cold, dull.

Met Lois at Burlington House, French pictures 5/-. 1020. Lunch there. Broth and cheese. Stayed till 3.15 Home. Wrote to K.H.D. To Bond Street about purple dress. To Lyceum Club. Wrote Eva from there. To supper at 6 Elm Park Road with Doz. Stayed the night.

Saturday 30th January 1932

Milder, dull.
Breakfast with Dorothy. Home at 10. Alys came. To Wade’s in Chrysler. Then home and later Alys came with Baby Austin and I drove with her to Tonbridge. Sandwiches en route. Corpus Christi College. Tonbridge won. Phil got a try. Gwen and Molly there. Tea, just Alys, Phil and I. Home at 7.10. Supper and to Badminton. Buchanan’s brought me home.

25th 1st night.
29th To Doz at 6.30
29th Birth of Paul’s 2nd son.
28th Priscilla Bergel’s son born – Lois?
30th To Wade’s 2 – 2.30.

Sunday 31st January 1932

Dull, cold.
Not out all day (except post in evening). Lovely quiet day, tidying paints, canvasses, brushes and long drawer. Stretch canvas too. Phoned Lois about Paul’s new son.

Monday 1st February 1932

Very cold.
Alys to Thew’s in car. Met her there 10.30. With her to Tottenham Court Road. She to Wade’s. I to Winsor and Newton and Kardomah. Home, after lunch at Brasserie Universalle. Cut out Wade’s dress. Met Kitty at New Theatre. La Bataille de la Marne by Obey, Compagnie des Quinze and La Vie en Rose.

Tuesday 2nd February 1932

Dennis phoned. Alys not well. Up to her; she asleep. Walked and bus to Kingsgate Road, and on to Pritchard’s. Lunch there. Back to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Slept on settee. Alys bread and milk at 4.30.and tea. Eva in. I home at 6 and to Boot’s with book. Read there till 7.

Wednesday 3rd February 1932

Fine. Milder.
To Lafayette’s. Dressing jacket for Alys 10.11. Home to lunch. Sewed Wade’s dress. To 76 Cholmley Gardens at 5. Laid supper. Eva in at 5.30. Alys out with Doris. I sandwiches and on to Art Club. Long pose Marita Ross. I did oil portrait – head profile.

marita ross
Marita Ross, model, England, UK, 1931

Thursday 4th February 1932

Cool. Fineish.
Busy painting backgrounds in. To Debenham and Freebody’s to order Eva’s red stuff. At 3, Alys came in Baby Austin. To Debenham’s again to countermand stuff as skirt all right. Alys took me to 87 Fordwych Road. I tea with Muriel Faraday, Michael and new baby – 6 days old there (un-named). Sewed Wade’s dress in evening.

Friday 5th February 1932

Cool. Dull.
Alys phoned and I met her at Selfridge’s. With her to Hampstead to take flowers to Kitty. Together in Baby Austin to Golden Square and lunch at S.F. (snack) near Piccadilly. To buy jumper for Alys (in Piccadilly). Home. Sewed green petticoat and grey bag. To bed 9.35.

Saturday 6th February 1932

To Boot’s and sat there, feeling very faint, for 30 minutes. Bought sal volatile. Home. Busy p.m. looking at old canvasses. Supper, dressed and to Badminton. Eva there, new red cardigan. Alan took me for soup at Tussaud’s. Felt quite well all rest of day.

sal volatile

1st Compagnie des Quinze, New Theatre, La Bataille de la Marne.
4th Tea with Muriel 4.
7th Supper at May’s 7 ish.

Sunday 7th February 1932

Fine. Fog in parts. Cold.
Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 1. Dinner. Quiet p.m. The other 3 out for walk. I not, thinking I would walk to May’s, but after tea (at 7), Alys and Eva motored me in Baby Austin to Otto May’s. Supper there (only me). Home at 10.30.

Monday 8th February 1932

Cold. Dull.
Alys came. I with her to shops – Dickens and Jones. Hoover. I home. Did canvases and had a short rest, as very tired. Then, at 4.15 to C.H.W. She had written. Stayed till 5.30. Denny up there. Took her new dress and petticoat. Home. Early to bed and listened-in.

Tuesday 9th February 1932

Cold. Dull.
To L.A. Sub Committee 10.30. To Kingsgate Road School. Home and painted self from 11.30 – 1.30 and again from 2 – 3.45 (in hat and fur). To J.H.Morgan’s Rhodes lecture 5.30. Home 7. Supper, dressed. To Royal Geographical Society 9. Poz and Doz invited me. Miss Janside too. National Trust Meeting. Very interesting. Lord Zetland in Chair (like Mr Leggett).

Wednesday 10th February 1932

Snow. Some sun. Very cold.
Out to shops near, only. Did a little drawing and arranging looking glasses in p.m. To 76 Cholmley Gardens at 4. Tea with Alys. Eva in. Later to Art Club. Very cold. Amplett in dressed short poses (Ackroyd) posed by Archer.

Thursday 11th February 1932

Snowy. Very cold. Some sun.
Out to shops for food. Then to Wade’s. Fetched her back. Both sat and sewed (she curtains for her room). I drew her hands. Took her back to Baker Street. Home. Changed. Supper. Met Kit and Kath at New Theatre to see “La Mauvaise Conduite” by Compagnie des Quinze. Very funny.

Friday 12th February 1932

Very cold, snowy.
Out to meet Lois at British Museum at 10.30. To see French drawings and engravings – very interesting. Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Lorrain. Poussin. Lunch at Plane Tree. 1. 3d. Home by Bourne and Hollingsworth. Rested for 2 hours (slept). Out to supper at Lyon’s and Gallery at His Majesty’s to see Julius Caesar. Nice boy (who acts) next.

Saturday 13th February 1932

To shops, and home soon. Lunch at Lyon’s in Great Newport Street. To Arts Theatre Club. To Gallery New Theatre 2.45 Le Viol de Lucrece – Obey. Very good. Home. Changed. To Badminton. Fun. Only 4 women (Eva, Kath, Kendal and me!).

9th L.A. Sub Committee
5.30 J.H.M’s 1st lecture – U.C.H.
9 Royal Geographical Society
11th Wade
12th Lois – British Museum 10.30.
14th To Mrs Styer’s to supper – go about 6.30

Sunday 14th February 1932

Milder. Fine.
Washed things. Alys and Eva in Baby Austin, called for me 12.15. To 76 Cholmley Gardens to dinner and tea. Took Lab picture and wrote Ashcroft. Alys took me to Styer’s to supper (Buchanan’’s for beer en route). Mrs Doran and a Mrs Cook. All played “Rummy”.

Monday 15th February 1932

Out to near shops. Alys in Baby Austin to lunch with me. Then both to Fordwych Road. Called for Michael Faraday (aged 2 on 18th). Took him ride and then tea at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Took him home at 5 and Alys took me home. Very quick sandwich made and I out to Old Vic 6.20 in queue. 1st night Abraham Lincoln (Drinkwater). Good.

abraham lincoln

Tuesday 16th February 1932

Out to near shops, and Harlow’s about chair. Cozens too. Home and from 11 – 3.30 painted on portrait of self (except for lunch). At 5.30 to John Morgan’s lecture. Talked to him after. Home. Supper. Made arms and back covers for saddlebag.

Wednesday 17th February 1932

Alys came 10.45. Tooke me in Chrysler to Albert Hall. Annual Meeting 11.30. Home at 12.03. Lunch. To Manager’s Meeting at Haverstock Hill School 2.15. Alys called for me in Baby Austin. To choose stuff, and I to Lyceum Club. Eva to tea with me there and Mink tea with Alys at Sagne’s. Alys fetched me from 21 Oxford Terrace and to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Sandwiches. To Art Club at 7.20 (Alys took me there). Long pose – oils.

Thursday 18th February 1932

Dull. Cold.
Packed suitcase and did some painting. After lunch Alys came for suitcase. I to Lyceum Club for tea with Susie Zileri at 6. I to Kardomah and tube to Hampstead. Dinner with Buchanan’s. Kit and I to Embassy to see Romeo and Juliet. Joyce Bland. Sweet young Juliet. Sebastian Shaw – Romeo.

Friday 19th February 1932

Dull, cool.
Alys and Dennis to Layton “Sowerby”. To Duchess after lunch for tickets and to see Wade. With her at 4.30 to get her pension money. Then up to 76 Cholmley Gardens to be with Eva. She a cold. After dinner, I to Art Club. Fred Taylor’s talk – Italian Sketches. My lab sketch hung.

Saturday 20th February 1932

Dull. Cool.
Slept at 76 Cholmley Gardens in Alys’ bed. I with Lois to Private View – Women’s International Art Club – Agatha Shore there. Lunch. Various things. Rested. Both to Badminton (Eva). Nice but cold.

18th Susie 4.30. Lyceum
17th 11.30 Albert Hall.
16th J.H.M’s 2nd lecture 5.30.
19th Art Club lecture
20th Layton – I to 76 Cholmley Gardens.
20th Private View Women International A. Shore. 12 – 1 or 3 – 4.
15th To Michael 3 – 4.

Sunday 21st February 1932

Lovely sun.
Out with Eva to get paper and sat in sun, by wall for 30 minutes! To tea at Ayrton’s. An Aunt, Adrian, Peter, Alice Schwab, girl from Evill’s. Peter drove me to Mrs Styer’s. Dinner with the Hagen’s. Rummy. Peter supped with Eva. Dennis and Alys home after midnight.

Monday 22nd February 1932

Milder. Dull.
With Dennis and Alys in car. Then home in bus from Baker Street. To Algoma Lent Term. Meeting at Old Broad Street, by tube. Home to lunch. Stayed in (Alys in 10 minutes). Crocheted front for grey frock. Listened-in to Hoover’s speech from Washington (wrote E.P. about poem).

Tuesday 23rd February 1932

Men came and put in geyser. I sewed wool front on frock and ironed it. Alys at 2.30. With her to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Did silk cover. Coffee. To University College together. J.H.M’s lecture 5.30. Alys to her lectures. Home and arranged wash-corner.

Wednesday 24th February 1932

To Wade’s at 12.30. To lunch with her at Bogey’s Bar. Out to Duchess Theatre “The Rose without a Thorn”. Frank Vosper. Angela Baddeley. Tea at Lyons. Home. Made sandwiches. To Art Club. Ate supper there. Barbara Steele in – short poses. I used sketch book.

Thursday 25th February 1932

Dull and very cold.
To Woolworth’s. To Selfridge’s for Alys’ coffee-pot. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Did arranging pictures with Alys. Lemonade, games. To Sissie’s to tea. To Chas. Barnard’s at 7 to supper. Horace there – Tristan da Cunha. Home about 10.30.

Friday 26th February 1932

Cold. Dull.
Up with Alys and spent day arranging flat. Alys down with car. I home and supper and changed. Taxi back to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 8. At 8.30 came Doz and Conrad, Adrian, Tony, Handy, Peter, George, Timmy and Nita, Roly, Pamela, Nonie Bromley, Phyllis Tate, Betty Beevor, Atherton M. Douglas – objects game and photo game, cards, oranges and spoons, handkerchief.

Saturday 27th February 1932

Sunny. Cold.
To Army and Navy Stores. To Lyceum Club. Doz to lunch with me there. I on to Women’s International Exhibition till 4.50. Home. Rested. Supper. Badminton. Handy and Eva took me home in car.

22nd 11.30 Algoma C. Term.
Winchester House, Old Broad Street.
23rd Geyser
23rd J.H.M’s 3rd lecture 5.30
25th Supper 7 at Chas Barnard’s.
26th 5 p.m. Baldwin’s “Happiness and Success” lecture. Sir A Fripp Founder.
26th Party at 76?
24th 12.30 Wade. Duchess. Art Club evening.
27th Dorothy Lyceum 12.45 – 1.
25th 4.30 Sissie’s
28th Virgina’s 5 Ayrton.

Sunday 28th February 1932

Very very cold wind. Nice sun.
UP to 76 Cholmley Gardens to dinner 1. Eva to Buchanan’s. Alys and Dennis to Anersley. I to Virginia’s to tea and on (with Alan) to supper at Ayrton’s. Bought Elsa’s dress £3. Black and white voile. Home at 10.

Monday 29th February 1932

Very very cold wind.
Mabel Cully phoned. Alys in. Then she to meet Mink. I to Army and Navy Stores with lamp and to meet Mabel Cully at Kings Cross. Lunch with her there. On to Mansfield Road School. Dr here. Very cold. Home. Did arranging of canvasses.

Tuesday 1st March 1932

Sunny but very, very cold wind.

To L.A. Sub Committee 10. To Kingsgate Road School. Home. Then met Elsa at Rialto. Saw À nous la liberté” René Clair. Good. Sandwich at Lyons’ and walked up Regent Street. Elsa bought hat at Segen’s 25/-. Coffee at Yarner’s. I to Winsor and Newton’s. Walked to Euston Road. Home. Drew Litter dog till 10.

Wednesday 2nd March 1932

Cold. Quiet.
Down to Lyceum Club for Sketch, Tatler. Lunch at home. Stretched canvas and drew S.O.S. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Eva and Alys in. Ate sandwiches. On to Golders Green. I posed the model, Billie Despard, harlequin costume. Home rather late, walking down with Lois, Shoesmith and Batchelor.

Thursday 3rd March 1932

Nice day. Sun.
To shops. Walked to Selfridge’s for notepaper and a tumbler. To see Wade at 2.30. Looked over clothes with her. At 4 away. To South Kensington Museum to look at china (English). Home. Darned stockings. To bed early.

Friday 4th March 1932

Alys brought chintz. I with her to see Hornton Street rooms. Home. To Garrard’s. Lunch at Susie’s at 1. On with her to Miss Thomson’s studio, Oakley Studios. Painted pianist’s head 2 – 5. Home. Supper. To Royal Institution 9. Met Dorothy. Sir Robert Robertson. Bragg Lecture by Sir Harold Hartley (Bailliol and L.M.S.) on Michael Faraday. Met Rollo Appleyard and Mrs and Antarctic man (with Scott).

Saturday 5th March 1932

Out to shops. Lois to lunch with me. Cold beef, potato salad and welsh rarebit. Sat by fire and talked all p.m. Looked at my drawings, canvases. I bought Wade’s nightgowns. Supper and to Badminton. May there. Handy and Eva took me home in car.

1st L.A. Sub Committee 10.  12 Elsa – Rialto. On with Elsa – Fort
4th 1 at Sissie’s 2 – 5 Thompson’s Studio.
29th Kings Cross 1.30. Mainline yellow tea room
3rd C.H.W.’s at 2.30.
Sent letter to Graham Robertson 4th
6th Skate with Adrian

Sunday 6th March 1932

Fine day but showers.
All a.m. doing painting. Finished own portrait nose. Painted Sylvia’s hat and coat over. After lunch to see Wade and take her combinations and nightgowns. Sat with her an hour. Home. To Golders Green. Ice rink 7.15 to 10.30 with Adrian. Embleton’s to Tonbridge to hear Phil read lessons in Chapel.

Monday 7th March 1932

Some rain.
Out to see Eva, who phoned S.O.S. to me. Back with Alys in Chrysler. To Kardomah and Lyceum Club and Academy. Home lunch. Did Litter picture all p.m. Drew and painted it. To Old Vic at 6. Ate sandwiches. 1st night of “Othello” side circle seat. Home late. Letter from Graham Robertson.

Tuesday 8th March 1932

Dull. Cool.
To Army and Navy to get bed lamp. Home. Lunch. Drew Litter picture in ink on card. To Mrs Styer’s to dine 6.45 and with her to Royal Academy Dramatic Art – Gower Street. Harold Frith Banbury, Rear Admiral Banbury’s son.

Wednesday 9th March 1932

Dull. Cool.
Photo of Benny from Graham Robertson. Wrote letter to him. Tried to go to Royal Mail meeting, Cannon Street but a week too soon! To Handy’s, bought books. “Time Was” and “Brave New World” Home. Alys called for me at 4. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Tea and supper. Eva up, but a tummy pain. Alys took me to Art Club. Short poses. Charlton posed – male model.

Thursday 10th March 1932

Cold. Fine.
met Alys at Thew’s. I up to lunch with Eva (who catarrh, duodenal?) To Mrs E.V. Miles’ sale at 11.30. Afterwards, home and then meet Kit at French Exhibition. Tea and coffee at Kardomah together. Home. Drew: Litter all evening in ink. Bad.

Friday 11th March 1932

Cold. Fine.
Out to shops. To Oakley Studios and painted there 2 – 5. Home, supper. Painted S.O.S. all evening. Read Rothenstein’s book of Memories.

Saturday 12th March 1932

Very cold. Sunny.
To Kensington, Victoria and Albert Museum to see Civil Servants’ Exhibition Ernest Blaikley, Longden. Walked home through Kensington Gardens. Painted “Litter” all p.m., watercolours and did S.O.S. in evening. Not to Badminton as Eva, Max, Adrian weren’t.

7th Othello Old Vic.
Get ticket for 20th
9th and 10th 11 to 6 E.V. Miles Sale

8th 6.45 to dinner with Mrs Styer.
11th Chelsea
13th To Faraday’s

Sunday 13th March 1932

Cold. Fine.
Alys, Dennis and Eva to fetch me in Chrysler. All in very low spirits. Alys ulcer from new teeth. I dinner with them. Dennis out to Margaret Douglas and Alys and Eva took me to Faraday’s 4.15. They to Buchanan’s and “Alex Hamilton”. I tea and supper Faraday’s. Blaikley’s to tea and Paul, Muriel and Mick and Roger.

Monday 14th March 1932

Coldish. Dull.
Washed things. Letter from G. Robertson. After lunch painted. To Tatler, Sketch and Sporting and Dramatic offices with my “Litter” painting. All refused it. Met Alys and coffee with her at Yarner’s. Met Eva at Dickens and Jones. All in Baby Austin to 76 Cholmley Gardens. I stayed dinner as Dennis’ 51st birthday. Read “Time Was” aloud.

Tuesday 15th March 1932

Fineish, milder.
Met Alys at Thew’s. Bad day with her about Dennis and evening spree. Lunch at Hanner’s. To Wade’s together. Home. She wrote Phil. To Dickens and Jones’ for her hair. I to Brook Green’s with Wade’s spectacles. To British Museum. Home at 5.45, Alys to lectures. Dennis out with Shellum and Beckman. Eva dance with Hunter’s.

Wednesday 16th March 1932

Dull. Cold.
In a.m. to R.M.S.P. (Royal Mail Steam Packet) meeting at Cannon Street. Home. Lunch. Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 4.30. Alys out with Mrs Sowerby at Sadlers Wells. Eva in at 5.30. Alys later. Eva bright about dance. I on to Art Club. Long pose (Charlton) of Hilda Amphlett. I did oil head.

Thursday 17th March 1932

Dull. Cold.
Alys came in Baby Austin. We to Wade’s and all out to Croydon in car, for loud-speaker. Sandwiches (in car) on Tooting Bec Common! Alys to working party. C.H.W. at Jones’. On to Robertson’s, Long Acre. To Drury Lane pit queue. 5 Welsh Rabbit at Lyons’ and pit queue till 8. To see Cavalcade (Noel Coward) 1st row of pit!


Friday 18th March 1932

Dull. Milder.
Washed head. Early lunch. To Chelsea. Bought 6 glasses at 22/6. To Studio. Painted 2 – 5. Paid 1/6. Last sitting of Mason girl. Home. Packed suitcase. To 76 Cholmley Gardens dinner. Out to Art Club lecture. Sissie and Mrs Cambridge. Howard Roberts lectured – “Modern Conceptions” with good slides.

Saturday 19th March 1932

At 9 a.m. Max and Adrian and Alice Schwabe in taxi, and all of us to North London Railway. To Gunnersbury. Taxi to Mortlake Bridge (being built: Baker). Boat Race finished there at 10.45 or 10.49! Cambridge Winning 5 lengths. Taxis and train back. Tony and Crum and Eileen Guthrie too there. Rested in evening and to Badminton. Kath hurt knee. Handy back with us.

20th J.H.M.
15th A social at Old Vi
16th 11.30 R.M.S.P. Cannon Street
18th Alys and Dennis to Layton 18th – 20th
18th Art Club 8.30. Howard Robertson

17th Mansfield Road Open Day 2 – 5.30
C.H.W. 12.30
20th Wells Theatre

Sunday 20th March 1932

Very fine and mild.
Very quiet a.m. and after lunch too. Eva worked a little. Handy at 3. He and Eva to cinema. I home with suitcase, at 4. To Academy Cinema. Helen met me there 6. “Kameradschaft“ Mining film. Supper at Brasserie Universalle.

Monday 21st March 1932

Mild but dull.
Alys in at 11. She and I to shops for hat or suits. Then I home and Alys to Lab to lunch. out to Church Street (Maida Vale) for mounts. To C.H.W. with money. Home. Varnished portrait and painted on S.O.S. Made silver cap in evening.

Tuesday 22nd March 1932

Rain all day.
Meeting postponed. Out to get mounts, in rain. At 2 to Holt’s, 95 Wigmore Street, for hair to be set. To Marshall’s. Home. At 5 with Alys in Baby Austin to lecture at 39 Charles Street. Crichton-Miller on Sex and Civilisation. Home. Dressed, supper. Taxi to Whitehall Court, John Morgan and I to Goethe Centenary at Fishmonger’s Hall 9 – 12. Sir J. Simon. Elizabeth Schumann sang. Herr Treviranus. John introduced me to Miss Elizabeth Haldane and Sir Ernest Graham-Little M.P. dermatologist.

Wednesday 23rd March 1932

Fine a.m.
Alys in and I washed things. Out to Royal Institute Exhibition and Kardomah. Home. Dennis’ mounts. To Church Street with glass. On to Sissie’s at 5.30. Supper with her. To Art Club 7.30. Model in middle. Batchelor posing her. Billie Despard.

Thursday 24th March 1932

Fine. Coldish.
Alys early – stayed in car. I to Church Stret. Home and mounted and framed Lab picture. Lunch. Lois at 2.30. To C.H.W.’s with daffodils for Minnie. To Burlington House with our pictures. To Beatrice Bland’s Show at Redfern and to Conder’s and Brabazon and Lessore at Beaux Arts. Home. To Westminster Theatre – Pit. Tobias and the Angel – Ainley.

Friday 25th March 1932

Fine. Sunny, cold wind.
Packed up 2 oil-paintings and did washing. After lunch to Wade’s. Walked with her through Regent’s Park (crocuses and boats). Tea at Tussaud’s. Walked to Tottenham Court Road. Then back in bus. Tired but cleaned brasses till 9.45. To post.

Saturday 26th March 1932

Some rain.
At 9.30 in taxi to Burlington House with portrait of self in hat and S.O.S. Home. Kit called in car. To Volta House. Spent day with her. Katharine and Harry and Tom in to tea. Knitted all day. After dinner Kit, Kath and I to gym. Badminton – Last day, only 8 there. Kit drove me all the way home.

22nd at 5.30 Crichton-Miller
9 p.m. Goethe Centenary
20th Romeo and Juliet.
24th Tempera to Royal Academy
22nd 2 Holt 5.30 lecture
26th Royal Academy oils
27th To Elsa 1 – 9.30?

Sunday 27th March 1932

Rain, drizzle.
Did some washing. Sewed leaves on hat. To Elsa’s at 1. Virginia and Theo there. At 3.30 Adrian and I to Lewis Baumer’s Royal Academy pictures. Tea. Home to Church Row. Spent evening quietly with Elsa, who very tired and piles. I home 9.30 in pouring rain.

Monday 28th March 1932

Fine on whole.
Nice quiet day, changing pictures. Washed Turner copy glass. At 3.30 to 76 Cholmley Gardens with glasses. Got Time Was. Took it to Sissie’s (Mrs Grant there) so onto Paul’s. Family there, so to Aunt Rosa’s. No tea (missed it everywhere). Supper. Songs. Laurie took me home at 10.

Tuesday 29th March 1932

To Harrod’s. Met Alys and Eva. Bought coats. Lunch together. Painted red anemones in p.m. At 6.45 to Fred Barnard’s and supper there. Their new maid.

Wednesday 30th March 1932

Elsa phoned Virginia’s daughter born in night. Went on painting some of the day, at anemones. Up to Elsa’s at 4.30 to hear about Virginia. On by tube to Golders Green. Walked to Sissie’s (with all oil paints and supper!!) Got there 7. Ate sandwiches and listened-in to James Agate. To Art Club. Cutner posed Steele. Did small ½ figure in oils. Back view.

Thursday 31st March 1932

Dull and some rain.
Alys phoned about Layton. Poz not going. I to Wade’s. Then packed and to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 1 (Eva’s holidays 10 days). Lunch. Dennis back at 2.25 All in Chrysler at 2.40 and tea (sandwiches) at roadside before Stamford. Ham and eggs at Aberford at 7.45 (ham not nice). On, and arrived at Layton Manor about 10. Slept in Eva’s room and she in Philip’s.

Friday 1st April 1932

Some sun then dull.
Nice day of lazing about in garden and with Debby. Played Diabolo. Cold wind. Dennis did some wireless. Lady Dorman called for plants at 3. Sat in drawing room too. Played old English songs. Henderson helped in evening with wireless.

Saturday 2nd April 1932

Sun. Then quite dull and colder.
Not so cold. Out. Dennis interviews with Beckwith, last day and Blaine about milk. Eva and I sat in sun. After tea, Alys, Eva and I to Richmond and a lovely drive round by the Swale on Reeth Road. Dressed. Billiards in the evening – Dennis and Alys. Eva and I knitted.

29th F.B.’s (Dorothy) supper
31st 12th Night
1st and 2nd 7.45 The Widow’s Eye – Nicholas.
Friday with Sissie 1/6, 2/6, 3/0

Sunday 3rd April 1932

Fine at Layton. Rain and fog on way back.
Out in gardens. Dennis and Alys with Cooper. Diabolo. Debby. Dinner 1.30. At about 3, started in car for London. Tea on way (shepherd boy place). Supper (cold salmon) at Ram Jam Inn near Stamford and Wansford. Difficult fog patches afterwards. 76 Cholmley Gardens at 12. I slept there.

The Ram Jam Inn, Stretton, Rutland (1933)

Monday 4th April 1932

Dullish. Mildish.
Eva up early and off to work I with Dennis and Alys who took me home. Got parcel of clothes off to Minnie. After lunch to Albert Hall about tickets and to Harrod’s. Bought hat. To Lewis’ and bought scarf. Home. Darned stockings. Early to bed, very tired.

Tuesday 5th April 1932

Fine day. Cool.
To Wade’s with money. She walked with me to Academy. Home. Lunch. Washed little curtains. 3 Alys came, and I with her in Baby Austin to Virginia’s nursing home and 76 Cholmley Gardens. Stayed coffee. Eva in, then Phil from Norfolk. To Chelsea, supper with Dorothy discussing plans. Poz at Nan West’s.

Wednesday 6th April 1932

Gale. Cool. Horrid.
Out to shops. Did a lot of tidying. At 4.15 to 76 Cholmley Gardens. All out, but I did liquid wood mending of looking-glass and painted Chinese cat white. Eva in. Then Alys and Phil. Supper in kitchen (Dennis out). I on to Art Club. Short poses. Amphlett sister (not Hilda).

Thursday 7th April 1932

Very windy.
To Harrods about blue skirt. No use. Walked across Park. Bought jersey at H. Wells. Bought cakes. Lunch. Got tea ready, lit fire. Winnie Barnard came late. Stayed till 5.20. Then I made sandwiches and to Old Vic. Side circle. Twelfth Night. Lovely, but horrid man stood behind me.

Friday 8th April 1932

Hail showers. Cold.
To Chelsea, and painted young dancer girl. Very interesting. Home at 6. Supper and to St James’ Theatre. Gallery. “Othello” Ernest Milton. Henry Oscar (Iago – good). N. Hannen (Cassio – good). Very interesting performance.

Saturday 9th April 1932

Ironed things. To shops. Painted anemones and vase till 1.30. Rang up Alys 2. After lunch at 4 to 2 Leinster Gardens to Levinskaya’s to hear Harold Rubens, aged 11, and cellist of 15 – Welsh Jews. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Doris and her Tony and Helen and her Tony there. Eva, Phil and I to Presto’s for supper and to Old Vic to see “Twelfth Night”. Stalls. Taylor’s there.

Paul’s till 16th
Laurie 10 – 20th
5th To supper at Elm Park Road

7th Winnie to tea 4 o’clock.

Sunday 10th April 1932

Did washing. Painted and re-stretched anemone picture. At 2.30 Phil called for me in Baby Austin. To 76 Cholmley Gardens, Dennis and Eva to M.Douglas’s. Kath and Handy to tea, and stayed supper – omelettes and Layton eggs. Phil took them home at 10.

Monday 11th April 1932

Very cold. Showery.
Out to Faradays and Osler’s. Paul’s Lamp Show. To Savoy Court – cakes at Busford’s. To Matthew Smith’s show at Tooth’s. Violent colour. Females and flowers. To Kardomah – melange there. To Haverstock Road School. New mistress. Boudier. Walked to Mansfield Road. Mrs Wilson new. Home. Via Boot’s and Garrould’s. Tired.

Tuesday 12th April 1932

Fine on whole. Cool.
Alys came in car. To shops and she came at 12.10 and to Wade’s and we took C.H.W. home. Lunch at 21 Oxford Terrace. Alys in too (after Larkin’s). Wade and I sewed till 4. Doris Freer came to tea. Walked to Baker Street with Wade and bus to Camden Town Tube. Dinner at 9. Church Row with Tony, Adrian. Crum and Evelyn Dunbar. Home at 10.45.

Wednesday 13th April 1932

Did odd jobs and to shops. To Lab and took Dennis to Paul’s lamp-show, after lunch. Alys at 2.40 in Baby Austin. With her to 76 Cholmley Gardens via Hampstead cake shop, “Stowaway”. Tea with Alys. Phil in at 5. Then Eva. Both did home-work. I to Art Club. Did very bad portrait of Marita Ross. Wrong proportions.

Thursday 14th April 1932

Heavy showers.
To shop for boots and to Walker Galleries. Madge Graham’s ink, witty drawings. To Fine Art Society to see £10.00 or less paintings. Nash’s, Schwabe, Gwynne-Jones, Myles, Tonks. Onto Bland Show. Bought boots at Abbott’s, Oxford Street and other things. Lunch at 2 at J.P. Restaurant. Home at 3.10.


Friday 15th April 1932

Cold and dull
Busy with picking and planning brown skirt. Lunch early. To Chelsea. Painted 2 – 5. Home. To Sissie’s to supper. To Art Club. Morris with cine film and on Negros, and Tsetse fly. Home very late.

Saturday 16th April 1932

Rainy, cold.
Busy doing skirt in a.m. and to shops. After lunch, Elsa phoned and I met them 3.25 at Tivoli to see “Arrowsmith” Ronald Colman. Very good. They took me to 77 Hampstead Way at 7 in Chrysler. Dinner and music with Faraday’s. (Eric (Laurie away) took me to Cricklewood. Rain and cold.


12th Wade 12.30. Doris Freer to tea.
12th Tony Ayrton 7.30
15th Art Club and Chelsea Studio
17th To Paul’s to tea
16th To Aunt Rosa’s 7 ish.

Sunday 17th April 1932

Cold and rainy.
Alys phoned and at 12.45 she and Eva in Baby Austin fetched me. To dinner at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Dennis in dressing-gown all day but cheery. I to tea at Paul’s (Phil took me in Baby Austin). Michael and Roger lonely. On to 77 Hampstead Way at 6. Freer’s there. Up Jenkins. On to skating rink – 3/6. Supper with Adrian.

Monday 18th April 1932

Cold. Sunny.
To Fine Arts to fetch pictures back (rejected). Taxi 1/9. To see Miss Archer’s show (Brook Street) flowers. To Mattamac’s. Bought waterproof. Home. Quiet p.m. doing skirt. To Old Vic, started at 5.35. Sat in queue. Saw Hamlet – 1st night. Robert Harris. Quite good.


Tuesday 19th April 1932

Showers. Cold.
Out to Woolworth’s and Selfridge’s. Bought short coat 5/- and stockings. To Northcourt and 26 Compayne Gardens and Kingsgate Road in p.m. Tea with Phil. Then Eva. Then I to town. Sandwiches from Lyons and to Kingsway Theatre – Merchant of Venice. Ben Greet players. Thorndike.

Wednesday 20th April 1932

Heavy showers.
Alys came. I washed things and out. Early lunch and to Chelsea. Painted 2- 4 Scholey. Alys came for me in Baby Austin and together drove over to Mecklenburgh Square. Rhys Griffith’s Show. Offered £6.0.0 for baby painting. To 76 Cholmley Gardens. I to supper with Lois, who met me. Both to Art Club. Short poses; left at 9.30.

Thursday 21st April 1932

To Wade’s – she not in good mood. Lunch at home. Sewed skirt. To Walworth Road. Library at 3.45. Sir Frank Benson made speech – Tercentenary of 2nd Folio Shakespeare Exhibition of folios. Home and packed suitcase. Bed about 10.


Friday 22nd April 1932

Fine. Very cold and showers.
At 9.40 out to get taxi. To Euston (2/-). Alys saw me off by the 10.35. Met Dorothy. Stafford 1.31. Lunch together on train. Arrived Penrith 5.47. Drove to Howtown Hotel wth Miss Baldry. Got fruit on way. Out to Lake (Ullswater). Dinner 7.15. Sat by fire and knitted. No other people.

Saturday 23rd April 1932

Fine. But showers – hail.
Sandwiches. Rough lake. Tatters came too with us and walked round Hallin Fell by lake, past Sandwick. Lunch by Scale Force; on to within sight of Glenridding near Patterdale. Back – tea at Sandwick. Home 7. Past church.

The English Lakes – Ullswater and Glenridding

21st Benson 3.30
20th Chelsea 2 Griffith’s Show 3.30 – 5.
Merchant of Venice, Kingsway 8.15.
22nd To Lakes? Euston 10.35.
Oliver Lodge – Faraday medal of Science.

Sunday 24th April 1932

Fine, cold wind, hail.
Walked up Fusedale, Tatters came too. Snow on Heights and up on to High Street and High Raise and back by Angle Tarn and Bannerdale and little Church. Rather stiff and tired. Good supper at 7.50.

angle tarn

Monday 25th April 1932

Rain, then fine after.
Saw awhile as rain, but out in boat across to Gowbarrow Park. Aira Force splendid. Tatters chased deer, Dorothy and rotten branch. Saw many deer (fallow). Rowed back at 6 and about lake.


Tuesday 26th April 1932

Snow then very hot and sunny.
Up Hallin Fell and 4 inches of snow and sat at top. Marvellous alpine view! Back to lunch. Sat in garden. At 3 walked to grouse moor and heard many curlews, also saw grouse. Ate cake. Very wet bogs. Home 7.30.. Tatters very tired. Knitting and guidebook.

Wednesday 27th April 1932

Fine then hazy. Change of wind.
Packed up. Out and sat by lake. Wrote Alys. Lunch. At 1.30 Miss Baldry drove us in to Penrith. Motor coach at 2.10 to Keswick. 1/7 each. Bought apples and oranges there. Motor bus to Seatoller. Mrs Honey’s at Seatoller House. Tea. Walked over Honister Hause. Up to slate quarries.

seatoller house

Thursday 28th April 1932

Wet and clouds low.
Walked to Styhead and up but not quite to Tarn. Lunch in drizzle. Met 2 nice boys. Back at 4 by Wordsworth’s Yews of Borrowdale. I felt very tired. A wet rocky walk.


Friday 29th April 1932

Rain then very fine.
Wrote Aunt Bella. Through woods to Castle Crag and near Lobstone Band. Sat and had lunch and “tea” thereabouts. View of Scafell Pike. Back by bus 4d each. 1 ½ miles from Rosthwaite. Knitted and read Times aloud.

Saturday 30th April 1932

Walked to Styhead Pass. Black clouds. Fine view of Scafell. Lingmell got in way of Wastwater. Steep track down. “Tea” by tarn at top and drank from spring. Lost and found my grey cap. Black gable.

Sunday 1st May 1932

Warm but cold wind.
Up Brandreth, lunch in hot sunshine on slope. Very boggy walk. View on top wonderful. Ennerdale Water and Crummock and Buttermere, Skaffell Pikes. “Tea” up there too. Back by Honister.



Monday 2nd May 1932

Very wet. Cool.
Packed. Off by bus at 10.30 to Keswick. Train to Penrith 11.10. Changed. 1.5 train to Crew. Lunch together on train and crossword. I out at Crewe 4.p.m. 4.8 train to Chester. Changed. 5.5 train to Llandudno. Changed. 6.35 train to Llanfairfechan. Left suitcase at station. To Castle Hotel and slept.


Tuesday 3rd May 1932

Breakfast 9. To Bryn-y-Neuadd. Saw Dr Starkey and Edward. Piano playing. Got meat pie and paid bill at Castle Hotel (Ward). Train 11.50 to Chester. Changed 2.5 train to Euston. Irish lady, Mrs Nolan. Knitted. Arrived Euston at 5.45. Taxi home. To bed early.

Wednesday 4th May 1932

To Wade’s. Alys came. Talked. Out a little. In p.m., she and Eva called for me and to tea at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Phil too. Read his good essay on “Ethics of Bloodsports”. On to Art Club. New male model. K. Shoesmith and I to 77 as Lois didn’t come. Ernest Blaikley there. Laurie took me back in car to Cricklewood.

Thursday 5th May 1932

Cold and hail showers.
Alys came in. We to Kardomah and Abbott’s and Quebec Street to get Vita cream. She to Lab. I home. At 4 she fetched me, and to fetch Eva and to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Tea there. Alys and Eva took me up to Kitty’s. Dinner and their “pictures” plays. Peter and George took me home at 10.

Friday 6th May 1932

Washed my head. To Holt’s. Robert at 11. Waterwave and bought oil 3/- (7/- in all). Home, lunch. Alys at 2.30 in Chrysler. Drove to Dolly’s at East Horsley. Tea and got Chinese geese into big crate. Drove back. I home. Dolly with Alys. Supper and darned stockings and listened in to Caractacus.

Saturday 7th May 1932

To C&A, bought blue frock and jumper. Bought skirt at Evans. Not enough money! Home (lunch Buzard’s, Near Marble Arch). Altered frock hastily. To tea at Ayrton’s and supper at 6 Elm Park Road. Max on sofa. Embleton’s to Layton, with geese.

2nd Leave Lakes for Chester
5th To Kit’s about 6
7th To 6 Elm Park Road 7. Tea at Elsa’s
8th to Christina’s for tea.
9th Royal Academy with Lois.

Sunday 8th May 1932

Fine on whole.
Busy washing things. Sunny on balcony. Out at 3.40 to 32 Barkston Gardens. Tea with Christina. To Lyceum Club. To Mrs Styer’s at 7.30. Bobby Palmer, and Christine O’Halloran. Dinner and Rummy till 11.10.

Monday 9th May 1932

Rain all day.
Met Lois and Alys at Royal Academy. Sent letter to Aunt Bella. At 12.30 to Kardomah with Alys for lunch. To Swann and Edgar and Evans, C&A. I home and then to Wade’s. Then to University College to lecture by Professor George Lyman Kittredge. Gurney Professor of English Literature, Harvard on Othello. Home and supper.

George Lyman Kittredge (1860 – 1941) was a professor of English literature at Harvard University.

Tuesday 10th May 1932

Dull. Cool.
At 9.40 to L.A. Sub Committee. Up to Alys’ after calling in Kingsgate Road. To lunch with Mrs Styer. Alys took me in Baby Austin with Mrs Styer to New Gallery to see “Faithful Heart” Edna Best and Marshall. Home. Out to New Theatre “Napoleon” by Mussolini. Robert Alkins. Council School children an a nuisance. Sandwich at Presto’s.

Wednesday 11th May 1932

Dull. Warm!!!
Not out all a.m. Alys came. I painted Lue on many things and jet-glaze. Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 4 o’clock. Alys and Eva in. Tea. Phil too. I on to Art Club. Alys and Eva took me in car. Malvina, negress. Portrait on panel.

Thurssday 12th May 1932

Embleton’s to Cornwall at 6.40 a.m. Breakfast at Salsibury. To shops. Packed suitcase. Sent knife to Dorothy Barnard. To Boot’s library. Peter and Phil called for me at 5, and to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Dinner. Peter in, in evening and did his engine, Phil his.

Friday 13th May 1932

Mild. Dull. Showers.
To shops. Devonshire cream. To Northcourt, to 26 Compayne Gardens. Back to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Up to Kitty’s to lunch. Then with Kitty and Kath to Ionic Cinema, Golders Green “Sunshine Susie”; Owen Nares and German girl Müller. Very good. Back to 76. Tea and supper with Phil. Peter in evening again.

Saturday 14th May 1932

Very mild, some sunshine.
To shops and to see Virginia and Tessa – 6 ½ weeks old. To 21 Oxford Terrace to fetch things. Back to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Phil back. Lunch together. Peter to work and tea with Phil. I with Kit and Kath to Flaunden Latimer. Tea on hill. Knitting in evening.

10th L.A. Sub Committee – To Mrs Styer’s at 1.
9th Royal Acadamy with Lois.
12th to 76 Cholmley Gardens to Phil. Others to Cornwall.
11th 5.30 Roland, University College.

Sunday May 15th 1932

Sultry, thundery and showers.
I washed things. I had nasty throaty cold. Peter down in a.m. to work. Kit came for him. Phil and I to Whipsnade at 2.15 and met Kit, Kath and Peter at Fellows’ Pavilion at 4. Home again by 6. Phil worked. We two up to supper at Buchanan’s. Peter with Phil afterwards and Phil called for me at 10.35.

Monday 16th May 1932

Wet a.m. Dull p.m. Warm.
Phil worked at engine. Bronwyn out all day. Then Phil and Peter on Heath. Phil and I fetched Wade 12/30. Got our own lunch at 76 Cholmley Gardens. Peter to work with Phil, and all 4 had tea together. C.H.W. and I doing rugs. We took her home at 7.30 in car. Lost my voice.

Tuesday 17th May 1932

Fine. Warm.
To shops. Did sewing and finished pink rug. Phil to Coach. Quiet p.m. Knitting, ironing, sewing, darning – Phil’s socks. He home to tea 5. Packed. Dinner. Alys, Dennis and Eva home at 9 from Cornwall. After a little talk, Phil took me home in car at 10.

Wednesday 18th May 1932

Fine and warm.
Alys in. I not to Managers’ Meeting or Art Club as no voice. But at 2.45 to Blue Hall to see “Men like These” submariner film. Till nearly 6. Home. Supper. Knitted in bed, listening-in to two plays.

Thursday 19th May 1932

Very fine and warm.
Letter from J.H.M. about weekend. Alys in and I with her in Chrysler to Helen’s. Home to lunch. Quiet p.m. making hat. To Lyceum Club at 6.15. Christina Barnard met me there. 6.45 dinner and to Queen’s Theatre 8.15 “Heartbreak House” by Bernard Shaw, upper circle.

Friday 20th May 1932

Showers. Hot.
Altered black coat. Met Lois at Redfern Gallery 10.30. Edna Clarke-Hall (Waugh)’s Exhibition, On to Walker Galleries. Katharine Cameron’s flowers. She talked to us, also Gunn did. Royal Academy picture of Chesterton. Shopped and home to lunch. Slept. To Faraday’s at 7. Dinner. Lois and I to lecture by Minton-Taylor on Clippers and Schooners. In Lois’ car to Golders Green.

Saturday 21st May 1932

Hot. Heavy rain.
Fine a.m. Washed clothes. Not out till 12.45. Back to lunch. Up to 76 Cholmley Gardens at 3.30. Phil and Eva took me to Institute and Aunt Rosa’s at 4 (Eva pain in forehead). I tea there. 77 with Lois to Exhibition at Institute. Back and stayed supper at Faraday’s. Laurie took me all the way home. Rain.

16th To Wade 12.30.
18th Managers’ Meeting 2.15 Mansfield Road.
19th Hearbreak House
20th Art Club to W.G. Constable.

Sunday 22nd May 1932

Heavy rain after 4 p.m.
At home doing odd jobs. Ironing. Phil rang up. To Wade’s at 3.15. At 4.15 Phil met me there in Baby Austin. I with him to 76 Cholmley Gardens to tea. Kit and Kath and Peter there. Eva still pain in forehead. I stayed to supper. Alys and Eva took me home in Chrysler. Dennis and Phil out in Baby Austin.

Monday 23rd May 1932

Cool. Dull.
Spring cleaned book-shelves. Tony Ayrton in, with Griffiths’ picture of Chair (6.6.0 for it). Alys and Helen in car to say about Beevor and Eva. I met Alys and Eva at Hyde Park Corner. Lunch. Sandwich with them and Phil and Peter there, on seat. Home. Ethel Miles called. Cleaned out top drawer.

Tuesday 24th May 1932

Very cold. Dull. 52 degrees.
Mrs Munt died. Alys in. Then she to fetch Eva from College and take her to see Trotter and Beevor at 12. I met Phil and Peter at Hyde Park Corner. Lunch in car. Peter drove me to Oxford Terrace and then to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Alys and Eva back. They lunched at Lab. They rested. I out to get cakes. Alys took me to Baker Street in Chrysler. Home. Crocheted neck of jersey.

Wednesday 25th May 1932

To 76 Cholmley Gardens. Sewed Alys’ coat. Alys and Eva took me in Baby Austin to Harrod’s. Met Kit and Kath. Lunch there. Kit and I to Chelsea Flower Show. Then to 76. Tea with Alys and Phil. Kit gave Petticoat to Eva. Alys to meet Dennis and go to Flower Show. Phil’s boiler burst. Phil took me to Art Club. Painted head of B. Steele.

Thursday 26th May 1932

Alys and Eva came in car and took blouse pattern. I to Wade’s 12.3. Took her a bag or 29th – 7.11. Out to lunch at Selfridge’s with her and bought her a hat in basement and to C&A’s and got her a summer coat there. Back with her and altered coat and trimmed hat. Then at 4.30 to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Eva’s pain bad, but better later on. Phil to tennis. I stayed dinner. Kit and Peter in and took me home at 10.30.

Friday 27th May 1932

Rain and cold.
Eva to Trotter’s 10 with Alys and Dennis. Alys and Eva to call for me on way back in Chrysler and I up to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Spent whole day there. Eva cut out her blouse. She much less pain and only 2 aspirins. Rested in p.m. I sent chocolates to Edward. Alys lunch at Lab. Kit to tea. Alys and Dennis dined at Sowerby’s and to Royal Institute in evening. Peter in, and Phil took me home in Baby Austin in rain at 10.

Saturday 28th May 1932

Cold. Wet.
Woke at 9. To Army and Navy – shoes for mustard coat. Home to lunch. Finished brown jersey. To 76 Cholmley Gardens 4.30. Finished Alys’ coat. Stayed dinner. Out in car with Alys, Dennis, Eva to Western Avenue. Then Alys and Dennis took me home at 10.30.

Send chocolate Neapolitans to Edward
24th To Mabel Cully
26th 12.30 Wadie’s

Sunday 29th May 1932

Milder and finer.
C.H.W.’s 78th and Edward’s 56th birthdays. Phoned Eva. To Ayrtons at 12 to see Tony’s big canvas. Home to lunch. At 3.30 to Wade’s with cake and ice-cream. Tea there and May Temple too! Then to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Supper there. Alys and Phil took me home in Chrysler at 10.

Monday 30th May 1932

To Winsor and Newton’s and to Bruce Green. Home to lunch. To Mansfield Road and Haverstock Hill schools in p.m. Home via Kilburn. Quiet evening sewing sheet and listening-in to Command Performance and fight bet. Larry Gains and Carnera! Till 11.30.

Tuesday 31st May 1932

Milder and fine on whole.
To L.A. Sub Committee 10. To Kingsgate Road School, up to 76 Cholmley Gardens. Out with Eva and Alys in Baby Austin and lunch out at Wild Hatch in car. Back and rubbed Alys’ back. Home. To see Dolly Willis at Samaritan Hospital. Tea with her. Home. Queue. Pit for Musical Chairs at Criterion. Sandwiches. Very, very good. John Gielgud.




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