Diaries of William Young: 1952
Author(s): William Young
Copyright holder(s): Mary J Price
New Year finds us at the home of my wifes family, 4 [?]Kilgour[/?] Avenue. We are waiting until our house at Balsusney Rd. is repaired.
Weather quite mild & we spend the New Year quietly.
New baby doing fine.
Rain & sleet today. I stay in with Kiddies after visit to Dad in forenoon. R.R beat E. FIFE 1-0 at Methil.
To R.R.V. Q of South draw 0-0 after fine game.
Go to see Mary O'Leary at South St. She is very grieved over Nellie's death. God be with her.
Scullery floor lifted & re-laid.
Cath & Mary with very heavy cold
Mary has touch of bronchitis.
Baby baptised Caroline Elizabeth Young today by Fr. Docherty in St. Maries Catholic Church
Start to paint new upstairs bedroom at home Pa Hep. supplies paint a nice cream.
Painting. Am I tired? Weather very cold.
A very busy morning.
Now the drains are lifted
what a mess.
To eight mass
Painting again all day.
Freezing hard all day & no heaters.
Painting 2nd coat front Room. No heat.
Snow today heavy. Finish painting meantime D.G.
Again snow heavy in morning. Heating plugs fixed D.G.
Snowing heavy in morning but Scottish Cup-tie goes on. R.R V. Hibernian. A draw 0-0 Raith miss many chances.
All of us down at house today feels like home again. Snow all over. Plumber the hold-up.
Snow & plenty of it. We get a blizzard at 1:pm.
Bathroom fixed. Hope to get home Thursday. Get bill from joiners £200 now for the pay out if we've got it!
Bath still out although cistern fixed looks like week-end before we are down. Plumber held up through burst pipes.
Bath in place.
Home tomorrow Deo Gratias.
We are back Thank God. Cath & kids move down in afternoon.
Plenty work to do in house today. Curtains fixed: bath cleaned. Door repaired etc. etc.
And plenty work for months to come!
To 10 Mass then back to getting house tidy. Group Committee in evening.
To Lathalmond. Snow & ice still holding but signs of a thaw. Raith beat Hibs 4-1 in Cup replay at Tynecastle.
Fail to get ticket for Hearts V Raith Cup match. Jimmy R. comes to rescue with one for me. Thawing rapidly.
To Lathalmond. Thawing here. News of death of King George VI reaches nation. R.I.P.
Country in mourning. Thaw continues but hush of hail in evening.
Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II. Long live the Queen!
To Tynecastle with J.R. to Hearts V Raith. Hearts won 1-0 after scrappy game. We are nearly crushed to bits first 20 mins of game. Tynecastle no more for me! Trains are good and J & I have good dinner at B. R. canteen.
To 8 Mass & Communion. Weather still frosty. 3 pm Benediction with Catherine. She loses gloves. To Mary C's at night. Nice talk.
To Lathalmond. Still cold.
In house at night. Can't get on with jobs somehow. Jessie down.
Do small jobs in house.
I am lazy in house. Wish I had more time & a tool shed or work room.
King George VI funeral today R.I.P. 22 at Scouts. The attendance is still good.
I pay Littlejohn & most of Bogie & Nicol. Now we are broke!
To 8 Mass & Communion. Much milder today. The bairns enjoy a walk in forenoon
to Ma Hepburn in afternoon.
To Lathalmond. Weather still mild.
N.B. Phone Weir.
21 present. Good meeting.
Cath gets a present of £200 from Dad!
God is good after all! I get cupboard nearly finished.
Fathers of Scouts meet. A Good Meeting & most fruitful.
N.B. 1 p.t. milk.
Whist Drive 5th H.Q. 7.30. pm.
Mothers of Scouts meet. Not so good as fathers do.
No fishing yet. Working all day on flooring upstairs.
To St Columbas for Mass & Communion. Mary O' not present.
Laying linoleum in evening.
The rooms are finished upstairs, now for the furnishings!
Scouters meet Kinghorn. N.B. ask about Raith.
Not a bad meeting.
Meet new D.C. seems a decent sort. - Mr. Nicholson.
Snow & sleet showers all day & bitter cold.
Anniversary Day of our Wedding. Four years of happiness.
24 present at Troop. Must get Young assistants for summer time.
Welsh gives me idea of money to pay on house app £200 yet.
Cath ill with a wrenched back. Comm with Scouts morning. To Park in afternoon with Catherine & Mary.
Off work to help in house. Feel frustrated because Dad seems to be doing all the work in the house. Doctors verdict rest with pills & ointment.
Again at home. Cath a little better. Her Mum & Phem down in afternoon. Plant some seed potatoes.
All day filling in holes & making bathroom ready for painting.
To Easter vigil in church in the evening. What a splendid ceremony. I enjoyed it fully and felt strangely light & reborn again.
A grand day for weather. I paint the baththroom.
At last we move upstairs. Fine to know that we have acheived our objective.
To Links Market in evening. Not bad. Too see Joe. Mary O' left. What a disappointment.
Small turnout at Scouts only 14 but all P.L's missing.
To Links Market with Cath Catherine Mary & Dad. They do all the roundabouts. Mary gets a fright on the bumper cars. Catherine unperturbed goes to circus with Grandad. We help in fainting case at least Cath does. A good day.
No word of camp site so wash down scullery after dinner. Finish at six. Out at night & contact youngsters to help with food.
Rain showers this morning. Start to paint scullery.
London Philharmonic Orchestra - Halls.
Dad & I. Sir Adrian Boult conducts.
To E. Camp (P-Ls)?
2 PLs & 2 Seconds go to Falkland I go up with them. It is most cold. I doubt if they will enjoy it. I walk over hill road to Leslie & get sore feet!
Communion Day. Not a good turn out.
Feel fed-up with Scouts. They are all very young & need a lot of discipline. PL's falling down again.
A.G.M. District. A fine meeting leading to a very successfull social & dance in Drummonds. Only wish Cath had been there.
Confirmation. Cath is confirmed today. I watch the family. It is a pleasure.
Get tackle ready for Tiel.
Fishing Tiel tonight. Cast keeps on getting mixed up. Am real Ham-handed to begin with.
Lovely weather. Summer is here and life is good.
Again a grand day.
W. Gowans down to give a hand with Scouts.
W. E. camp (?)
Up Loan with Hawks to coach them for Forsyth Trophy. [?]Dan[/?] [CENSORED: surname] won't come. What a queer fellow he is to be sure.
A good turnout of Scouts. Willie Gowans good with them.
[NOTE: First line scored out] Visit RAF (Leuchars) (?)
We come in last as usual but not much between Troops.
To Pathead Sands. Both Jimmie & Willie present & give a fine hand all round.
Patrol to Falkland Seagulls.
Clean out Hut afternoon. What a lot of junk!
Communion Scouts. Heavy rain today. Patrol at Falkland washed out.
Go fishing to Cullaloe.
Again no fish and I am a wee bit disheartened after all the trouble.
[NOTE: line scored out] Holiday (Fishing?)
Carfin today. A grand day.
Cut hedges morning
to Park afternoon with kiddies Cath joins us with Caroline.
Annual Pilgrimage Dunfermline St. Margaret.
A grand day & a fine example. Scouts to the fore everywhere.
County Flag Cup
Working Patrol ages not to exceed 90 yrs of 6.
To Charlie Grant's wedding not to mention Pat Fealy
We enjoy ourselves.
Kids a treat.
Feel groggy all day.
Raining cats & dogs. Jimmy Willie & I go to Cupar to fix up camp site & Traders all ok. Nice tea Station Hotel.
Again feel bad after 10. am Mass. Take to bed in afternoon.
Stay in bed & call Doc. Diagnoses after effects of flu - Rheumatic Pains too bad.
Still feel as if I had been hit with a sledge-hammer.
Cath wonderful. She must be tired running up & down stairs but she never complains.
Family Holiday to Elie. We postpone holiday till Monday. I go & see Doc. in evening. He says I can take another week. Gives me O.K. to go to Elie. Fix work!
Quiet day. We are busy packing in evening.
To Elie with 2.16 train. A nice run. Kids excited. Baby likes the journey like an old 'un. Cottage adequate without being pretentious.
On Sands all day. Weather fine but a little windy.
Raining a little. Not a day for sands. So off we go to Elie & Anstruther. Nice walk around, & home for a late supper.
A good day. Building harbours & lazing.
Another grand day. The kids enjoy the donkeys.
Walk to Kilconqher in evening.
Shopping in Elie afternoon.
Dad Phem Jan & Elizabeth arrive. Elizabeth mad on water. I travel home after a good week.
Doc gives me all clear: I spend the day clearing up housing inspection with Burgh C.
To work. Feel fine but not to keen for heavy stuff yet. Miss Cath.
House is quiet without youngsters. Scouts in evening.
Take a special bus from Rosyth to Elie get off at Kilconquhar walk rest. Kids surprised to see me. Home with Mum & Dad Hep.
Scouts present in full force preparing for Camp.
Go along to collect family. Thank God we are all together again.
Annual Camp. Arr. Cupar 11 am. Lunch & tents up by 2. pm. Camp nearly complete by 4. Boy takes pains in stomach. Have to send for doctor. He says no danger.
To 9 Mass. All at Communion. Doc calls. Boy OK. Begin Raft afternoon. Boy goes home to Bowhill. Frs Payne & Docherty arr. with Miss Kennedy.
Grand day for weather. Again the raft in morning. Wide Game afternoon. Found £6 in wallet in evening.
The raft is completed in morning. To Sugar Beet factory in afternoon. No time to try out raft.
Prepare camp for visitors. No bathing.
Visitors arrive a beautiful day. Sports go well.
Mr McCabe calls evening.
We try out raft. A great success only snag no photo of same.
To St. A. in afternoon. Good fun at Step Rock.
Nature hunt in morning. No time for bathing. Free in afternoon. Collect 12/- reward from Police for [?]homeless[/?] wallet.
A terrible day. Our new recruits show up here. No idea of breaking camp. Even older ones are lazy. Eddy & I get it all to do. We arrive home an hour late after missing 2 trains.
Feel aches & pains today but otherwise 1st class.
To work. I dodge around house.
Camp Profit may be about six pounds.
To Tiel for an hour. No fish but explore burn up to Hole Mill - excellent.
First day off
Bank Holiday -
- Terrible day
We are marooned by a cloud burst in afternoon. Cath & the kids take it well.
To 8 Mass. I take Catherine on ferry. Burnt - Granton. She doesn't like it at first but recovers to enjoy the trip.
Again a bad day. Cath takes Catherine & Mary to Burntisland in afternoon while I take baby for a walk. To Picture show evening.
A full day beginning work.
To St. Margarets. Sands Camp in evening.
To Parochial Rooms. Only 8 turn up. Come home early.
Cath at Pics. Stay in house, play Piano latest gift from Dad to the girls.
Visit to Camp at Balbeardie rained off.
Dumfs troop have to pack up. S. M. ill & rain in torrents.
Norman & Bett here from Bedwyn. Meet them & go to Methil with Norman & Dad Hep. to see E. Fife V. Q.O. South. Raining elephants. We can't get into Stand so we sit in Cafè watching T.V. but rain keeps on.
To 8. Mass. We go to see Chipperfields Procession of 16 Elephants through town. Kids highly delighted. Clean up in garden in evening. Cath busy cooking.
Raith V Dundee League Cup Match.
Raith lose 2-1 after hectic game.
General opinion that ref. lost the game for Raith.
Dad Hepburn goes to Bridge of Earn Hospital for operation for rupture.
To Pics. The Card at the Rio. We get the "dinero" del Pueblo.
To Carl Anderson - to ask about Piano Lessons. He accepts but doesn't hold out a lot of hope! Here goes to confound the critics.
Start Piano Lessons
15 present. Fr. Byrne brings news that a party of French Scouts are in town. Would like if we could make move to entertain them.
We contact French Scouts at Smeaton hut Fr. Frank. Tommy & self very hospitalibly entertained. Bond of Faith as well as Scouting obvious.
To presentation to new Priest 1st from Kirkcaldy Fr. McKee. French Scouts arrive & create a great impression. They enjoy dance - we come up the road.
Singing French marching songs in line abreast.
Troup entertains. French late by half-hour.
Programme haywire. We try our best but I feel our welcome is inadequate. Probably imagination.
Day with family. I see Dad Hepburn home again after being in Hospital. He is looking well.
A Happy day. Dunkirk & St. Maries Troops at Mass together.
We visit Kinnoul Monastry by bus taking Fr. Bellus French chaplain. We enjoy ourselves in a very cordial atmosphere.
Cath & I entertain the leaders to supper. Last night. A splendid evening. Fr. Frank comes along to make this an outstanding success.
Bid goodbye to Dunkirk Scouts. Thanks for providing an interesting, entertaining & educative interlude.
To see Raith V. St Mirren. Terrible show. Raith beaten 1-0 and we pay 2/- admission fee from now on. Like things in general. More money for poor quality goods.
A nice walk in the country with Cath & the bairns. We pick blackberries and eat them!
Dad is presented with a nice fireside chair from workmates. He retires Friday.
P.L's present. Good show on Scout test work.
22 present despite Potatoe picking. We arrange Wide Game for tomorrow.
Dad Retires today
Wide game X for [?]Amazon[/?] a great success. Three Patrols battle for possession of point X (Three Stones). Good Scouting work seen here. Troop is improving. 16 present.
Troop Communion Sunday. 4 present & 5 Cubs. This is a bad show & contrasts with the large attendance yesterday.
P.L's on Wed. a success.
Videc not present.
Tragic rail crash on Tues 7th at Harrow. 105 Dead in Triple Train crash.
24 Present at Troop. This is fine.
Usual crowded Saturday. To football. R.R V Dundee in afternoon. Weather very mild and sunny.
To 10. Mass. Out with Cath & children afternoon. We have a rare walk. How proud I am of them. Weather colder.
3 P.Ls & 6 recruits present all pass Tenderfoot with exeption of Whipping. Deo Gratias.
Weather still mild. Rain early today. Show troubling us in Group.
Teeth again troubling. Invest 6 tonight. Good show after 3 weeks in Troop.
To dentist have molar removed. Plaster front wall in afternoon. Get cold in gums. Have to retire for two hours in agony. Recover for Supper. Ought to have known better.
To 8 Mass. Catherine & Mary demonstrate Sailors Horn Pipe seen at dancing display Adam Smith Halls.
East wind. Not cold. Cloudy.
To meet 3 PL's on hike give them instructions. Cath not well so come back & take children out. Children at Playground delighted with Caroline. Rain comes on so home with Catherine carrying Caths umbrella.
Get Ken for show. Must try to get new songs.
Mass at 8 & Communion. Stay in & paint kitchen cupboard. Cream paint doesn't take but by afternoon the failing light makes it all one!
Day retreat for Scouts by Fr. Leonard - very good man. A real success this. Silence not observed but boys will be boys.
Prepare for Newcastle trip. McAll. says it will only be a day's job.
To Newcastle for survey job at Helburn on Tyne. Raining on arrival - good journey. Fix up at Hotel nice place - homely. Plenty of commercials.
Job at Helburn goes with a swing. Scotsmen at Hotel keep the fun going.
Are held up by rain; here till Saturday. To New Theatre tonight with Commercial from Huddersfield.
Get the job finished satisfactorily I hope. To Cathedral for evening service. Big place.
Buy presents before leaving 11.20am. Comfortable, easy journey.
Dad ill with stomach trouble. Rehearsal poor.
Doc gives Dad a chemist shop to himself.
Dad easier. 24 at Troop. Quite a good night. Youngsters keen.
Usual Saturday morning rush. To RR V Motherwell 1-1 a good game. Raith inside men terrible.
To 10 Mass. Dad worse today. Call Doc. No food for a day or two. Stay in with him all day.
Catherine showing off gym dress. She is getting big. Lathalmond today.
A good day. Not a lot to do.
Gang show. Not a large audience but they enjoy it.
Mary & Caroline in bed with Bronchitis. Cath bad as any.
Midnight Mass packed out.
Quiet Christmas with kiddies in bed.
A House of illness.
Mend scullery door & attend to children. Help Cath.
Cath takes earache pretty bad with it.
See Doctor as soon as poss.
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