1 Sunday Off duty. Miss V did not go to Church in the morning. Called in to see how Dora Triggs was as we came out of Church.
2 Monday Letter from Win. Went in to see her after tea and to try on my new blouse.
3 Tuesday Called in to see Louie Marsh – had a chat & then went on for Winnie to go to Barth’s. Had a very good lesson – lovely moon-light night so walked home with Win.
4 Wednesday Walked with the girls over the bridge – along by the river – crossed the ferry at Chiswick.
5 Thursday Went to have tea with Louie Marsh at 5 o’clock. Came back early by train as she was going to a meeting.
6 Friday Did some painting instead of going for a walk before breakfast. Played for the dancing in the evening.
7 Saturday Walked down for Winnie at 2 o’clock. Started to Richmond – got there about 4. Went in to see Frank. Had some tea at a confectioners – looked at the shops and came back by train. Did not stay very late as Win went to the Skating Rink. Played whist with Uncle, Aunt M & Charles.
15 Sunday On duty.
16 Monday Not much school – girls practised their dancing & we added up marks etc.
17 Tuesday Preparations going on all day for the Dance – worked up until 1 o’clock at the marks.
18 Wednesday Wrote out certificates all the morning in our bedroom Fancy Dress Ball – guests came at 6 o’clock. Very jolly, wore violets.
19 Thursday Girls were all photographed in the morning. Packing in the afternoon & evening – girls were stuffing hard all the time with the remains.
20 Friday [To Basingstoke] Took Nora and Mabel to Euston – got back about 1 o’clock and started for home at 3.30 – met Blanche at Ravenscourt Pk. Came home together.
21 Saturday First day at home. Oh delightful place.
24 Tuesday Cooking all morning – shopping in the afternoon & decorating after tea. Frank & Harry Clift came home by the mail train. Had Snapdragon in the dining room.
Harry Clift: 4 August
Snapdragon was a Victorian game traditionally played during the Christmas season. A shallow bowl was filled with brandy, raisins were tossed in and the brandy set on fire. Players tried to snatch raisins from the flickering blue flames and pop them, still burning, into their mouths! The burning raisins were called snapdragons.
25 Wednesday Had 17 cards & 6 presents. Went to Church in the morning. Willie Cannon came in to tea. Went to hear carols in the evening.
26 Thursday Stayed in bed until dinner time as my foot was very bad. Had a party in the evening. Played games and had music.
27 Friday Did not get up very early & stayed in all day to rest my foot.
28 Saturday Stayed in bed until 11 o’clock. Blanche, Mabel, Mother and I drove over to Sherborne in the afternoon. Very wet coming home.
ELM’s twenty-second birthday.
29 Sunday Did not go out as it was a very damp day and my foot was not quite well.
30 Monday Went to a dance in H. Powell’s Room. Was very jolly, had to come home at 11.30. Rosie Taylor went with us and came to sleep with us. Pale blue and velvet.
H. Powell: 25 August. There was a large room for concerts and dances above the Powell shop.
31 Tuesday Slept till 9 o’clock. Rose T. and I had breakfast in bed. Rosie went home by the 10 train for a week’s holiday. Went for a walk in the afternoon with Annie and Ada. All went to midnight service. Bert Allen came with us.
Rosie Taylor: 7 June. Bert Allen is probably Herbert Allen, a younger brother of Willie Allen [30 January].
ELM taught at Kensington House, Chiswick, for three years. According to a reference given when she left, she discharged her duties there entirely to the satisfaction of the Principals. She went on to teach in Weimar, Germany, Inverness and Edinburgh. Eventually, on 21 October 1909, she married Sidney Butler, the son of Alfred and Susan Alice Butler, of Hatch Warren Farm, Basingstoke. She had three children: Violet, Wilfrid [my father] and Geoffrey. Ethel Lizzie Butler died at Fairholme, her Basingstoke home [5 May] on 31 January 1971, aged 97 and dearly loved by family and friends.