A visit to Salisbury; Jane’s twenty-first; Vaughan Williams’ Bridal Day; preparation for a visit by Mr Summerhayes; “eight hateful shops”; a return to tennis; an invasive plant, and the New Forest – still good for Red-backed Shrikes.
In the second week of May 1955, Gran visits Salisbury with her friend Joan Sheppard, to see an exhibition of floral art at the Guildhall there. She fully describes, in particular, those exhibits that she finds most attractive, noting that there is only one male contributor – Gordon Clarke from Dorchester – and whose work was “truly sensational”.
Afterwards, they visit the town and its Cathedral – not seen by Gran since she was a child, and, in her opinion, “not wholly as beautiful as Winchester Cathedral”. But the stained glass window above the altar, “whilst lacking the brilliant colour of many I have seen, is, nevertheless, quite the most strikingly beautiful of all”. And in her journal that night, she describes it in detail.
Jane’s twenty-first birthday, and I have been miserably depressed all day. Partly, no doubt, because I hate to admit that my adorable baby is now a grown woman, and partly because she is away and I have been unable to share this great day with her.