Hudnut’s factory; a trip to Oxford; a famous French artist; Britain wins the Wightman Cup; a strange Bee Orchid; a setback for the Ospreys; Fairsky – a ship with a past life; at Wimbledon’s No 1 Court; new flowers to paint; a Wild Gladiolus hunt, and a letter from Mr Summerhayes.
On May 10th 1958 Gran writes:
This afternoon I went with Jean Hockridge to the Open Day at Hudnut’s Factory, where Ken is Production Manager. Though I do not use cosmetics myself, I found it very interesting, and other drugs and liniments and such are also made there. It was fascinating to see the various machines turning out tablets, mixing powders and creams, mixing toothpaste and putting it into tubes, filling, corking and labelling bottles of shampoo, and liniments and many other things. A very nice tea was provided and all guests were given various samples of the productions.
She plays tennis that evening and ends her entry for the day: “Tomorrow I go to Oxford with the Fowler family to see Diana and, hopefully, to look for Fritillaries!” It is not clear what Diana, Tommy and Bob’s younger daughter, is now doing in Oxford. Is she at the University? Gran describes the next day at some length, including the journey to Oxford, and includes this:
…through Newtown, Newbury, Beedon and East Ilsley to Harwell, the New Town built round the Atomic Research Station, which, to my mind, should never have existed at all, and the sight of it was the one disquieting feature in an otherwise lovely day.
The day is spent in and around Oxford with the Fowler family, and Gran finds her Fritillaries – in a Thames-side meadow, close to where students are rehearsing Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale. She says, “…gentlemen in doublet and hose, and ladies in farthingales strolled everywhere”.