Christmas is hectic; Gran blesses the neighbours; the “opposite wood – now occupied; new furnishings for The Ridge; the Festival Ballet in Southampton; an awful lot of marmalade; “science never produced such wonders”; Mistle Thrush observations; a visit to London, and something to look forward to.
Christmas 1957 is approaching and Gran expects a full house, with Jane coming home from Nottingham, and the family also due to arrive from Mill Hill. Arrangements are made with the Hockridges for Barry, Jock, Julian and Ricky to spend the nights next door. Jane arrives on December 19th:
I expected Jane home late this evening but when I reached home at half-past six, there she was, cooking herself a meal! She had been able to catch the through train after all. It was raining slightly when she went back to Winchester for the rest of her luggage, and it was late when we eventually retired.
On the following day:
…as we were having tea, Barry and the family arrived. It was grand to see them all again, and how the little boys have grown! Julian tells us he starts school on January 7th, and we all received Christmas cards today that he had coloured and in which he had written his name and Ricky’s. It seems quite incredible.
Clear though it is that Gran loves the family’s presence, she writes the next day that it was somewhat nosy and hectic. “If only I were not so deadly tired”, she says. “But everyone is being very helpful and Mother [recently unwell] is able to come downstairs for a little while each day now. Julian and Ricky are delightful”. [Read more…] about Forty Years in Chandler’s Ford – a Journal (Part 89)