Friday 23 March 1973
Sheila came & cut both lawns. Ethel & I worked in the front garden. Weather was mild for March. Notes Sheila refers to my mother, Sheila Drew nee Parkin. Grandma and grandad had large lawns at both the front and the back of their house. They often needed cutting. Ethel refers to Ethel May Cecilia…
Thursday 22 March 1973
Ethel went to DLM. I did jobs in the garden. Weather good. Notes Ethel refers to Ethel May Cecilia Parkin, my grandmother. DLM refers to Drayton Ladies’ Meeting which was a women’s meeting held at Drayton Methodist Church – see Chapter 107.
Saturday 10 March 1973
Ethel and I worked in the garden. Notes Ethel refers to my grandmother Ethel May Cecilia Parkin. For more details of their gardening see Chapter 109.
Friday 9 March 1973
I had a garden fire for about 4 hours. Weather good for time of year. Notes Bonfires were grandad’s preferred way of disposing of garden refuse (see Chapter 109).
Wednesday 7 March 1973
Budget from the Daily Mail – OAP goes up to Husband & Wife £12.50 weekly. Maximum allowance for income tax £1,000. Ethel went to Norwich. OAP increase begins October 1st. I raked the back lawn. Started wearing my body belt, first time since I had shingles last year. Notes For more details of the budget…
Wednesday 28 February 1973
Rain could not do any gardening. Ethel went with Ron to get some penicillin tablets for Barbara. She came back on the bus. This month there are several different workers on strike. Gas men. Notes Ethel refers to my grandmother Ethel May Cecilia Parkin Ron refers to Ron Douglas, one of grandma and grandad’s next-door…
Tuesday 20 February 1973
I raked the front lawn. Notes Grandma and grandad had lawns in both their front and back gardens. They were surrounded by pine trees so they spent a lot of time clearing needles and cones from the lawns (see Chapter 109 for example).
Friday 16 February 1973
Ethel & I gathered cutting from the rose trees in the back. Notes Ethel refers to my grandmother Ethel May Cecilia Parkin