Ellen Matilda Hanson - her journal
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have such a fine spell last year at this time for the workmen.

DECEMBER 16th 1953
I must put the date clearly so that no mistake can be made  the weather is exceptional a nice ambiance [?] & believe it or not it’s been like a summer day  I’ve mowed some lawn & done some gardening in General. & flowers are still blooming  one geranium root I left in the ground has shoots on 4 inches long.  crocus & bulbs are coming up & what Gladiolis that were left are shooting  Pears trees are in bloom. & its nearly Xmas.  in The Midlands & London they have had bad fog. which they now call smog.

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17th Colder but sun shining Brilliantly  Have been too busy to write in this book  have been fortunate in having plants sent me Bert Squibb Sent 20 briars for the Standard Roses so let’s hope I’m successful in budding them  Mrs Sydenham came down for week end  she is wonderful for 84 years  expect to have her stay in the spring all being well.  Derwent has put a bit on the end of the Kitchen to make it more cosy but still very pleased I came here  “Nan” is expecting pups 1st week January.

21st Dec: 53  Weather has changed.  its cold & frosty. & the first winter snow has fallen in the Alps & the fog in the Midlands & north very bad.  Derwent & Family came this weekend & Derwent finished the Porch outside Kitchen which is going to make it much nicer.

Jan 7th 1954
Real winter weather  a thin layer of snow on ground. but the Sun Shining brilliantly  Joan & Three boys Came for Xmas  stayed till Sunday  haven’t heard from them since  Joan had to start school. this week and I expected to have Peter  She is either sick or some one else is looking after them  no pups yet & I’m