Still, fairly fine, not cold. Went into Baldock & bought mattock, 6/-. Also a little napthaline, said to be good weed-killer when mixed in equal quantities with lime. Cleared out place where the blackberries are to go. Elm trees are all yellowing, beech trees not so much.

6 eggs.

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  2. “What’ll it be?”

    “I’ll have a large Napthaline—lots of lime, please.”

    “Sure thing. Anything else?”

    “Yes, I’d like some of those Blackberries to-go.”


    “Yes. Turn that radio up a bit, would you?”

    German destroyers lay mines by night off the Humber estuary.
    The French report sharp infantry engagements on the front near Saarbrucken.
    The Germans report “absolute quiet” on the Rhine Front. A lone German soldier was accidentally killed by falling shrapnel from a German anti-aircraft gun.

  3. Janet S. says:

    Did he get a spade handle along with the mattock? Enquiring minds want to know.

  4. itwasntme says:

    I very much appreciate your added comments, JamesonLewis3rd. Here in the US, had to look up what a mattock was.

  5. Stephen says:

    = Itwasntme. I think in the USA they are called auto-mattocks.

  6. The Ridger says:

    I grew up calling mattocks “grub hoes”.

  7. itwasntme says:

    Nope, here in the US, we’d call it just a pickax. There may be another name for it, but since it’s not a common item seen in Los Angeles, I wouldn’t know it.

    In the US, auto-mattocks are guns! (I’m making a joke: automatic firearm).

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