Cassie’s Art

Hoolie (Juliette) gazing at the moon
Hoolie (Juliette) gazing at the moon

This is a Scratchboard rendition of Cassie’s cat, Hoolie. For my birthday or was it Christmas, Cassie signed us up for a scratchboard class through Meta4 Gallery, which has since left Peterborough. The teacher was local artist Lisa Martini-Dunk.

Cassie made this scratchboard art in 2023. She then used the image to do a silk screen print on tshirts, which she sold at her art show.

I think it is amazing!


Trying to see if this website is still working. A while ago we made skelleton marionettes. Mine looked like Benedict Cumberbatch, so we called him Benedict Pumpkinpatch. We made some videos of the skelletons dancing around, … and laughed and laughed. It was hillarious…

Cynthia’s Diary 1945

1945 May 7- 13


Monday May 7

My photos of Wendy arrived.  Very good. Had letter from Rae.  Also one from Johnny, in hospital with tonsillitis.  Went to show saw Storm Over Lisbon. 

They announced VE Day will be tomorrow.  Yippie

Tuesday May 8

The War is over after all these years it doesn’t seem true.  Went over to aerodrome mess in car with Jack Fisher and wife.  Played piano.  Met Canadian girl (war bride).

Everyone had holiday today.  Went to dance till 2 o’clock.  Marched in Torch parade with band singing and shouting.  Wonderful bonfire with Swastika on top.  All Cranleigh was lit up and flags flying, fire-works shooting about.

Thursday May 10

Welcomed more prisoners of war.  Station master etc. tried to push us off the station, but I stood my ground.  Prisoners cheered.  Gave them books.  Deans came today on leave from Holland.  Gave me pair of red clogs, handkerchief, lipstick, pair of stockings, etc. 

Ethel, Mr.&Mrs. Kingdon also came round for cup of tea.

Friday May 11

Went to dance on Wednesday till 12.  Welcomed more prisoners.  Gave them books.  Met Ken Lee from Birmingham.  They’re really all the best boys from England, all R.A.F. officers and really well spoken.  It’s interesting to see their souvenirs and talk to them.  They gave us German money.  They’re all Officers in the R.A.F.

Saturday May 12

Went to show saw “The Adventures of Mark Twain”.  Mr & Mrs. Kingdon and Ethel came for cup to tea etc.  I lost glass out of French watch Deans had lent me, thus bending one of the hands. 

Sunday May 13

Went to Bognor Regis for day with Mummy, Pam & Wendy.  Went in Buttins Fair.  Took bus ride to Little Hampton.  All beach closed there.  We could see several mines, also sea mine and aerial torpedo.  Bought a portable radio on Wednesday.  L12-10-0

Cat Quilts – Mr. Pinky’s Quilt

Mr. Pinky’s Quilt

We thought that Mr. Pinky, being an indoor cat, would appreciate a quilt that had green grass, flowers, bright colours and an outdoor theme.  Mr. Pinky would love to go outside but we are afraid he might head for the road, and try to go to his former home in the country.  Sometimes we take him out on a leash.  His quilt has a rectangle that is embroidered with a pink cat outline, sitting in the long grass, chasing a bug.  It has a pocket on the back for Catnip.

Back of Quilt

Cynthia’s Diary – February 24 – March 9, 1946


24 Sunday

Went got papers.  Went to White Heart and had drink with Johnny.  Wore his hospital blue trousers.  Darling Johnny had to leave 6-50.  Oh gosh!  It was wonderful to have him for a few hours.

25 Monday

26 Tuesday

27 Wednesday

28 Thursday

Johnny has a few days leave till Sunday.  Went to show.

1 March Fri

Johnny came.  Went met Edna in Guildford.  Cecil came in the evening.  Edna’s nice.

2 Sat

Cecil had to go to camp.  We got up to see him off.  Went had drinks in the evening.

3 Sun

Stayed in bed till late.  Boys went and had drink.  Went to White Heart in the evening.

4 Mon

Went to White Heart again.  Got quite merry.  Bought some chips.

5 Tues

Went to doctor Kettlewells.  Edna came with me.  Examined me, but could not tell much.   Have to go to the hospital Thursday.  Met Johnny and Cec in Onslow.

6 Wed

Went to Onslow again.  Cecil thinks he’ll leave Sunday.

7 Thur

Went to Hospital for Internal examination.  Verdict: I’m going to have a baby!! Of course we already knew, and so does everyone else.  Johnny for one couldn’t resist telling everyone weeks ago!!

8 Fri

Went to show.  Saw Hollywood Canteen.  Had ice-cream.  Sent form to Canadian Bureau.

9 Sat  s.r. 6:30,  s.s. 5:53

Cec left for Canada today.  Edna upset.  Johnny came.

Cynthia’s Diary – Dec 31,1945 – Jan 26, 1946



31 December 1945  Monday

Went into Guildford.  Got evening dress. White with red polka dots.  Mrs. Kosten Hendricks helped me alter it as it was too long.

Went to Cranleigh College dance with Johnny in taxi with Lt. Cmdr and Mrs. Kosten and Pam.  Had drinks etc.

1 Tuesday

2 Wednesday

Went to Onslow with Johnny.


17 Thursday

Johnny went back today.  Went to show

18 Friday

Johnny arrived to help us move.  Went to Onslow.  Andy, Jack and Elaine and friend came to supper.

19  Saturday

Moved into our new house today.  Got radio fixed up etc.

 20 Sunday

Went to show with Johnny.  Also to Onslow.  Pamela brought Andy, Elaine and Jacky to supper.

21 Monday

Johnny went back to camp.  Radio broke.  Went to show.

22 Tuesday

Wrote letters and sent off competition.

 23 Wednesday

Johnny came this evening.  He has 4 days leave.

24 Thursday

Went to show.  Saw Hedy Lamar in “Conflict”.  Johnny stayed home, he’d seen it.

25 Friday

Johnny and I caught 9:45 bus to Guildford, then train to London.  Got room at Union Jack Club, Waterloo.  Went drinking.  Went to Lyons Brasserie.  Then to show at Odeon.  Saw George Raft in “Stop Whistle”.

 26 Saturday

Had drinks, supper etc.  Went to London Pavilion.  Saw Bing Crosby, Bob Hope in “Road to Utopia”.  Went to Brasserie.  Got into Guildford at 7:30.  Went had tea, then to Lion Hotel for supper and drinks.  Met Daddy in subway train, on way to Birmingham.


Cynthia’s Diary – March 11 – 12, 1942

Wednesday 11th March

Had a letter from Ivan yesterday!  He wants me to go to London with him.  Did not go to London last weekend after all with Bob.  Went to Cranleigh Hotel.  Saw staff Sergeants.  Went to dance, only about twenty there.  One Canadian wanted to take me home.  Saw Ivy.  Not many girls there, just enough to go round.  Gordon has started his leave.


Thursday 12th March

Went to dance in truck.  Ivy came.  Nurses from Canada there.  Had ticket with number and name on.  Met lots officers.  Tony exrayed our hands, and I put my foot under.  Went in their mess room.  Had cider, coffee, cakes and sandwiches.  Saw Mrs. Rose.  Met captain Kerr.  Bill looks like Fred MacMurray.  Captain looks like George Brent.

Cynthia’s Diary – October 27 – November 9, 1940

Sun Oct 27

Went to Gibb’s Hatch 10/3.  Enjoyed it!  Had chicken.

Mon Oct 28

Saw spy signalling Man on bridge.  Saw Ben etc.  Wanted me to go out with them.

Tues Oct 29

Bomb dropped a few fields away.

Wed Oct 30

Went to London in van with Hugh and Mr. Wise.  4 raids, fighting overhead.  Saw damage all over place, got furniture.

Thurs Oct 31

Went to meet Mummy.  Passed her on way.  Went all way to Cranleigh.  Letter from Renee yesterday.

Fri Nov 1

My birthday.  Today I’m 16.  Had 5/- off Mummy.  Handkerchief off Pamela.  Two cards

Sat Nov 2

Had 2/6 off Mrs. Covey.  Also had gloves off family.  Lady asked way to Lord Renald’s house “Ardath”.

Sun Nov 3

Last night Basil gave me 3/- for my birthday.  Saw June.  Teased Basil.

Mon Nov 4

Had lift in lady’s car.  It is now a rumour that Joan Ellard is not dead.

Tues Nov 5

Had lift in car with Mummy.  Did not go anywhere much.

Wed Nov 6

Came new way home.  Bombs were very near last night.  Went to pictures.  Saw Kay Francis, Cary Grant, Carol Lombard in ———, also Spats to Spurs.

Thurs Nov 7

Saw Spikey.  Went to village.  Went to Cranley.  Saw Tons of soldiers.  Met Mummy with Bonzo.  Went down Guildford road.

Fri Nov 8

Went to village in morning to get money.  Last night saw flares.  Bombs drop very near.

Sat Nov 9

See lots of German planes.  Saw Ken and Norman.  Daddy came today.  Mummy had row with Hugh.  Daddy’s teeth are broken.