love I'll make a start at any rate but I don't know if it will
get finished this afternoon as Sheila and Michael are knocking
around, Michael on my right and keeps bumping my hand and Sheila
busily asking questions on my left, she wants to know what I am
saying to you and I've told her I was telling daddy what a cheeky
little girl she's getting.
gets an imp, while my back was turned at dinnertime he was pinching
the sugar off my pudding and he's always nipping bits off Keith's
plate. He fell out of his pram yesterday and made his nose bleed.
pleased to say that my leg is much easier with the new ointment
the doctor gave me and I have had a better sleep with it. I went
to see Dr. Airey on Wednesday and after he had seen the reaction
from the last dose he gave me and I also told him about the leg
he said I had had enough to last me a little while and so gave
me a miss for another month, so life looks a bit brighter again
apart from the fact that the end of the war seems farther away
that ever again.
has been helping me to straighten the garden a bit as I haven't
done anything for weeks but yesterday I bought a hand fork and
trowel and we did a bit of weeding out the back after I had put
Sheila and Michael to bed (6.20pm) it gets dark just after seven
now so it doesn't leave much time.
has gone to Sunday school after a lot of grumbling he gets a little
devil at times as he is so awkward and lazy. I think it's now
when he needs you but with a firm hand.
had your letter dated the 20th last Tuesday. I wish I could have
been with you on your trip. I could just do with a garden of meditation.
I am longing to see the presents you have sent us, I bet it's
lovely sewing. I hope the nuts arrive in good time too.
seems to have got over her nervousness of aeroplanes it's a good
job as we seem to have a lot lately.
have been having some servicemen to see me lately, the neighbours
will be saying things about me when you come home love, in the
last fortnight I have had Bob, Tom, Jack, Oliver and Percy. They
have all been on leave.
saw your mam on Friday as usual and she was alright, I don't know
if Mabel will bring her up this afternoon. Bernice came in this
morning and said " I think I will come up here for tea as we have
got figs" I said bad luck so have we!, but she still might come.
You wouldn't know her love , she has grown into quite a young
has come up on my knee he seems a bit tired, he went out this
morning and was asleep when he came home but I don't know how
much sleep he had. There's one thing he will be ready for bed
very cold today and it keeps raining on and off. I hear the weather
isn't too good in Italy. I heard on the wireless at dinner that
Calais had fallen so that will help.
just miss the extra 7/- a week the men are getting for three
years service, but still I hope you don't get it, I want you home
don't think you will want to nip down into Woodgate for some chips
love for they are terrible as it has changed hands. I suppose
now Mrs. Mason will have to make them for you. I made the kiddies
a few fritters for their tea the other day.
you heard from Jack Richardson lately. I never answered the letter
I had ages ago. I was telling Keith something you had asked in
a letter and he said " did he put a question mark after it" he
said after, it was a question mammy so you had better watch your
step when you write to him.
love that's all for now so all my love to you and that day will
surely come soon.
was pleased to get you airgraph this morning and received your
airmail dated the 26th onMonday. Not bad only 6 days. I am pleased
to hear that you are still keeping OK and it was funny you should
say about passing the kitchen window as that is the way I picture
you most and I'm longing for the time I can look up and see you
again. Michael and Sheila were in bed before six tonight as they
hadn't had any sleep today and seemed a bit cross.
and I have just had a game of 'Sorry' and now he has gone to bed.
I've started him on malt and oil again. I'm taking mine again
as I can't afford to be ill and there seems such a lot of illness
about. Billy came home from school with bad head and sickness
and Nora had to send for the doctor in the evening as he had coughed
quite a bit of blood up and he had got a temperature. Dr. Mann
called and he was pleased Nora had fetched him. He had got a germ
but he couldn't quite locate it. He thought it might be meningitis
or pneumonia. He called the next morning and said he wasn't so
worried as it was septomenia of the catarrhal passage. I don't
know if my spelling is right. It doesn't seem it to me. He was
going to see Billy again today but I haven't heard anything.
Brown isn't well , she has had a swelling in her neck for a fortnight
and been feeling poorly and then her throat was so bad inside
this week that when she went to the doctor he took a swab. This
morning he called to tell her that the swab was negative but the
other doctor wasn't satisfied and had called for another swab
and she is waiting to hear from him again. He is coming to see
her again tomorrow, he says it looks like a septic throat. John
Quinn has been away from school since August holiday and has had
jaundice and it has pulled him down proper badly.
there anything which you need sending as parcels for Christmas
are being sent now or are you hoping to get home this year ?I
see in tonight's paper that they are giving the chaps abroad a
leave before sending them to the far east when Hitler is finished.
The Air force gave a good account of themselves yesterday, I see,
it's a pity they can't flood the whole of Germany and be done
sent a postcard to the painter on Monday and so far haven't heard
from him. A chap put his card through the door the other day.
He seems to do anything including painting and I feel inclined
to give him the job but I don't want to throw the money away on
a cheap job. I also answered an advert about the dolls house for
Sheila but I haven't heard anything from that. I seem a bit unlucky.
I had the sweep today just after seven and felt a bit tired. I
shall hear the news and then go to bed.
have finished part of my satin undies but it's a bit tight. I
shall put longer straps on it and if it still doesn't fit I shall
give it to Gladys for a Christmas present. It was Mam's birthday
yesterday. Your son Michael gets a turn. He climbs on the shelter
takes his toys and just sits there playing. Then he will go to
your photo and kiss it and da da it. He can say raining and gets
disgusted if his hair gets
some rain on it.
told me to tell you he was sending a big sheet of all sorts of
things when he had finished it. He said today that school was
better every day. I think he is more interested now that he is
ding nature, English, history and geography. I'll have my supper
now and finish this in the morning. I shall have some Bovril and
a cheese sandwich.
almost forgot to tell you we now have the street lights on in
our street and it does make a difference. They were altered on
Monday but the kiddies didn't see them but I waited upstairs with
them on Tuesday until they came on and they saw them out of the
window. They were quite thrilled about it so was mammy.
I had better say goodnight as I am a busy woman and there is work
to do tomorrow.
was very pleased to get your airmail dated 3rd April this morning,
quite a record eh love ?. So now the kids are off to sleep and
I'm sitting in front of the fire and the wind is howling outside.
It's almost nine o'clock. I have a bit of a headache, I think
it is indigestion as it's a sick headache, it must have been the
fish and chips and it may have been too much company this afternoon.
came as usual, she didn't seem very well and Aggie came as well
and then Billy came up but Sheila and Michael had gone to bed
and Mrs. S came in. What do you think of her, yesterday she told
me they had had forty pounds of tomatoes off their plants and
she has never given me a smell and after all the stuff she has
had off our garden, it makes me sick. I'll see she never gets
anything else, tomatoes are in short sup ly here.
sorry to say Mrs. Brown and Beryl have had to go into hospital
for observation as their throats were very bad. Mrs. Woodcock
has Christine in bed too with a bad throat. I went across just
after five today and she was in a mess. The doctor had ordered
some M & B tablets and she couldn't get out to fetch them
so I stayed with the kiddies while she went and she was very relieved.
We cannot do as much as we should like with having young ones
ourselves and other folks don't bother theirselves about us. They
have their husbands, money and everything, why should they trouble.
gets very excited about school these days. He has been learning
about Holland and they are making a model of it now. He said something
about writing a composition about it and if it was good the teacher
was sending it to the daddies who were away.
had to leave off to look after myself personally. Probably the
reason for the headache. Keith made me smile when he came
home and said the capital of Belgium was Brussells and Berlin
is the capital of France, but you can see he is learning. You
had better get home before he gets awkward questions. He went
to see 'Melody Inn' with his Auntie Mabel on Saturdays and liked
it. Sheila is going to the Tudor with Bernice tomorrow afternoon
to see 'Thousands Cheer'
Peggy and Les came up last night and we had chips for supper.
I thought of you while I was eating the fritters.
and you mam have colds but they are a lot better now. We shall
be going down on Friday, all being well. I gave the kiddies another
bath last night as I had had a nice fire and the water was very
hot. I washed Sheila and Michael in the sink though while Keith
looked after himself upstairs. Sheila and Michael were playing
about in their vests and Bernice said I bet their Dad would like
to see them now, they looked grand after their bath. Sheila had
a cup of Bovril and it
was half past ten before they went to sleep. She smelt the chips
of course and had a couple. I find all sorts of books in her bed
the next morning and my photo. She sleeps in the bedroom over
the kitchen and Keith is with me in our bed and Michael is in
the cot, more or less.
does the blue triangle stand for on the air mails ? Well
love, my leg is certainly easier but it shows no sign of healing
yet. Aggie cheered me up today and said Ernie's was three years
healing so perhaps love when you come home, I shall be able to
have a fortnight in bed and get it over quick. Do you think you
could manage the children for a time. It's different to one you
love. I mowed the back lawn last night just to keep it short for
the winter. I have only got to do my winter digging and dry the
bean seeds and then I can hand it over to you. Well it's bedtime
once more love and time to say goodnight. I have to bar the back
door up now with Keith's bits of wood as I can't find the key,
it will turn up one day
love I've sent off the photo today so you should get it about
Xmas. It's alright but I think I look fine fat and forty.. For
one thing I look a bit scalped. I know I haven't much hair but
he took my photo the opposite to the way I part my hair and it
makes it look worse than ever. Still I though that I had better
send it as I don't suppose I shall have another done. At least
received his airgraph today and was pleased with the quack quack.
I was pleased to get your airmail dated 17th on Sat as you say
we do get our letters quickly these days.. According to some prophet
the war should be over tomorrow so here's hoping (not much)
love it's now Tuesday. I felt too tired last night to write. I
don't feel any better tonight as I have been washing today and
the weather has looked threatening but has managed to keep fine.
I've just washed the family and put Michael in Sheila's bed for
the first time but I'm afraid he will be in his cot before I've
finished this letter
has just been in and likes my photo and says you will. I have
written after a dolls pram again and I hope I'm lucky this time.
I had a letter from Phyllis this morning and she said Wilf had
got a doll for Sheila for Christmas.I have to get a bracelet for
her. I shall have to begin my Christmas shopping as there is only
nine weeks now and it's quite a job trying to get a decent toy.
I wish I could get a Devil among the Tailors for Keith.
just put Michael in his cot and they have all had a piece of bread.
My leg is aching tonight. I expect I've been on it too much. It
makes me feel like an old woman. Sheila went to Auntie Noras for
tea and then went to church at night with the family and I had
quite a houseful when they all came home, Nor , Alf, Billy, Eric,
Mabel, Bernice, Peggy, Les, Winnie & Iris were there
On Monday Sheila said 'That boy laughed at me in church' I asked
he which boy and she said solemnly 'That boy Eric' You can't help
laughing at some of the things she says. She gave me a kiss when
I put her to bed on Sunday and they had all been asking for one.
When she gave it to me she said 'That's the only one I've got
and don't give it to them.'
got to see Dr. Airey tomorrow again. I think he will be pleased
with how my arm looks. Les is coming up on Friday to look after
the Family and Peggy and I are going to see if I can find anything
suitable for my curtains. Les came up last week and mended the
kid's barrows for them. Michael loves that little one you bought
for Keith. He plays with Keith and Sheila and tries to do everything
they do. He went up and down the stairs this morning and he gets
on top of the shelter and makes a fuss of your photo. You'll soon
get aquainted with him, never fear.
think the family are having a concert, Sheila is singing 'you
are my sunshine'. We don't seem to be waking very early these
mornings. Beryl has come home but Mrs. Brown is still in hospital
as she is a carrier, it's a bit of a game isn't it ?
you ever had an ordinary letter by air. I wondered if you might
get the photo quicker. Well love this letter seems a bit mixed
up but I know you understand I have the family keep buzzing in.
Michael is still calling me and it's nine o'clock. I get a bit
bored in the evenings and am often in bed by ten. Well the war
didn't end today worse luck, but I suppose it will one of these
days. I hope you are fighting fit with all the exercise you are
getting. All our love.
love Sheila and Michael are in bed once more and Keith is sprawled
over the carpet writing a letter to you. Bill and Madge came in
this morning for a few minutes and had a look at Keith's model
of Holland. Bill thought it was pretty good.
are getting some awful weather at the moment, it does nothing
but rain and rain and rain, everything is soaking, we have all
got colds, mine seems worse today. I thought I had managed
to knock it off but it still sticks. I had my arm treated on Wednesday
and that is very sore and my leg seems to be breaking out in another
place as well so of course I don't feel very happy.
Mann is in the infirmary with a poisoned finger so it means I
shall have to go to Dr Badonoch. Peggy is a bit worried in case
she has to see him as she has only four weeks to go now. We fetched
the cot out we had for Michael last night, Les carried it down
to Mabels and they are going to freshen it up. Mabel doesn't intend
to be caught napping, she has the front room all ready to receive
the new baby, she said "we don't want any more games like we had
had egg and chips for dinner on Friday we only get about one egg
a month now and as I hadn't much fat I had to do a few chips at
a time. Keith came up with his plate "please more chips" so he
had them. Miss Sheila then comes up with her plate "more eggs
please" as calm and serious as you like, I said you can't have
more eggs and she said " I can eat two". Of course mine was cooking
and she said she could have a piece of that. At the finish she
cleaned Keith's plate up with a bit of bread. I would have loved
you to have seen her face.
Friday I went into town with Peggy and after going in a dozen
shops we went to Herrington and managed to get some curtain material
from there but they didn't make them up so we asked at Morgan
Squires and they are going to make them for me. So love
I will have some new curtains at last.
told you I asked Perry about the painting three weeks ago
but he hadn't been to see me so I wrote to some other chap. He
came to give me an estimate on Friday and said £15. I told
him that was more than I expected and he said the cost of the
materials was about £3-15-0d and then there was the brushes,
it made me think I was setting him up in business so I said I
would let him know. Then yesterday Percy came up, I asked him
how much and he said £10, I don't think I should get it
done any cheaper and he did say he would burn it all off first,
the other chap said he would sand it down a bit. I don't think
he knew much about it so Percy is going to do it.
thought Michael had grown since August. I do wish this war would
hurry up and finish as I'm afraid they will have lost their pretty
ways before you have a chance to see them, he says quite a few
words now. Everyone liked my photo except Harry and he said "doesn't
she look a B".
potatoes are still in the ground but I don't feel like asking
Harry, he knows they are there. There are not many so I shall
be alright. Harry Q hasn't been across to do the raspberry canes
love for my birthday present your mother and the kiddies were
pleased with theirs too. Michael tried to eat his. I had two cards
from my mothers and an airmail from you this morning. Mam slipped
a note in to say Bob was seriously ill in Cambridge Hospital and
had had an operation, she didn't say anymore. So I might miss
the infirmary today and go and see what is wrong with him.
tray set will come in very nicely for my dressing table, its made
of fine material and the sewing is better than I do.
love Keith is waiting to post this and being a nuisance at the
same time. You certainly have a lot of memories stored at the
back of your head love, I shall never have to say you forget easily
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thank you very much love for your birthday card I received today.
It is a lovely rose, a pity they didn't colour it. I have been
lucky this week as I have had two airmails, one airgraph and a
birthday card. Keith had his airgraph too, thank you for it. He
hasn't finished his letter to you yet.
love once again I've got to write and say that I don't feel too
well. I've had a cold all week and pains in my stomach. It's a
good job you are not at home or I might begin to think things.
My legs still continues to pain me.
now Sunday night. I didn't feel like writing the other night.
I don't now but as I have a few letters to write I thought that
I had better get yours off first. I was awake the biggest part
of the night with Sheila crying as she has another boil on her
bottom and it is painful. I hope she is not going to have as many
as last time. Michael was calling me in the night too. Keith got
up and lit the fire but it went out and after making a mess all
over the place and looking like a coal miner himself, his vest
and pyjamas black, he left it and decided to get me a cup of tea.
He made it with warm water and of course there was a trail of
tea from the kitchen right upstairs.
never have come across someone so careless as he is. He had some
orange juice after dinner and had to spill it all over the table
cloth and the floor. He tried to wipe it up with a cloth that
was wringing wet. I swear at him and tell him a hundred times
a day how to do things but he never remembers where he puts things
or anything that I tell him. I should think he is going to be
a professor. I feel I have had enough of him. It's about time
this war was over and let the men do a bit of worrying about awkward
kids, I've had my share, pulling their socks straight, putting
ties on, washing his hands as it takes him a week, brushing his
hair, wiping and cleaning the mess up he makes. I suppose now
love you know that I'm feeling properly fed up with this life.
took Keith to buy him some boots for me and have his glasses mended.
Did I mention I have 10/- for you from the warden's post ? Sheila
came down the stairs the other morning with Michael on her knee.
You should have seen Mabel's face when I told her. Well love I
haven't much more to say the kiddies are kicking up a good row
in the other room so I had better go and see what that is all
about, the wash up the dinner pots or it will be tea time. I'm
sorry love that this is not a very cheery letter but I can't help
it and you can't it's this endless war. I think it will be like
the Chinese war.
love, all my love to you.
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have been to see your mother as usual today and too Faire's magazine
that I received this morning. It has some very interesting letters
this time. No doubt because I know quite a lot of the writers
including Mr. Eric Masons complete with photo and family group.
My word you are a bit of a poet aren't you ? I see also that Capt.
W Parker is in Normandy and there's a photo and letter from A
went to see Dr. Mann tonight. He didn't say much except that my
leg needed rest before it would heal so you had better ask the
army for compassionate leave or you will have an old woman for
a wife when you do get home and here was I hoping to go to a dance
in a week or twos time. Just my luck, you get all the breaks.
Your last letter was 31st October and took six days to get here.
Sheila got her airgraph alright and was very pleased as usual
and she saw 'A soldier and a woman' at the Fosse today and she
said I wish my daddy could come home. She seems to have missed
you more just lately. She now wears a navy siren suit and looks
quite chic in it. Last Monday at Mrs Keelings she wanted to wee
so Mrs. K was trying to see if she could manage and without taking
it off. Miss Sheila says 'Me can't do wee standing up, me not
a boy'. She wanted to know the other night if you were going to
sleep with her when you came home.
has been to a lawyer about her separation from Harry. He's tried
to stab her twice. I think he must be off his head. She has told
Mam she's coming here for a week or so. When you see homes messed
up like that it makes you want to keep straight with each other
as there seems no sense in ruining each others lives so just carry
on love and we will have some happy times with our children to
make up for this parting.
have obtained a spanking pair of braces for you and I hope to
get you a lighter too so you will have them shortly. The man came
to measure for my curtains and I'm getting the material and letting
them have it tomorrow. 22½ yards at 11/9 a yard and 2 2/3
rds coupons per yard. We get 48 coupons a year but I have managed
pretty well and can spare that amount. Nora and Alf have bought
the lads a grand billiard table for Christmas. Keith has broken
Pat this week, that's all the toys done in now. He's worse with
his things now than ever he was when he was tiny. He's the same
with his clothes. I gave 17/6 for a pair of boots for him last
week and he's come in every day with them mucked up and the toes
scratched it makes me wonder if it's worth my while spending time
love, it's now Sunday and I was pleased to get an airmail dated
4th November yesterday. I see I shall be busy cracking nuts at
Christmas. Send your mother a box instead of me I'm sure she would
be pleased. Keith has written his Christmas airgraph to you. I
don't suppose you have my photograph yet. Bob will get his ticket
when he is well again. He is going along nicely. Percy is able
to see him every day as he had been transferred to Bob's place
only a few days before.
I've been and paid for the curtain material so we shall have them
up when you get home. Parry hasn't been to do the painting. The
weather has been fine and cold for the past few days but now it
is raining heavily. I've just finished washing up and getting
the coal in. Shan't I be thankful when I can hand such jobs to
you while I take a book and some sweets into the other room if
the family will let me. Well I guess the end will come one of
these days. Your loving wife.
received you letter dated the 17th this morning and thought I
would take a bit of time off thismorning and answer it as I don't
feel like writing at nights lately. I see you keep your chin up
love and it makes me a bit ashamed that I can't do the same, I
feel miserable all day long and I have bitter thoughts about things
and people in general and often wonder if live is worth it after
keep putting it down to my leg and losing sleep. On Saturday night
I got up at 1.15am mashed a cup of tea and sat in the chair with
my leg up and a cover over me and read a book until 2.30 Then
my leg felt easier and I went to bed. It's like a very bad toothache
and I just have to wait until it goes away. You ask me if Dr.
Mann can tell me how long it's likely to be. I don't suppose he
can. These things apparently have to take their course unless
one can rest as he says and that I can't do with this war on. I couldn't see the kiddies settling anywhere and I wouldn't ask
anyone to have them. I think most people have forgotten there
is a war on if it doesn't affect them personally.
Italian prisoners of war walk about the streets freely and the
girls go arm in arm with them. It makes me sick to see them knowing
that you are in their lousy country just because of them. I have
sent the braces off but haven't got the lighter yet. I haven't
even got a Christmas car for
you yet. I have received Sheila's birthday card and am saving
it until the 5th.
has been this morning and bought a doll for Sheila and a book
for Michael and has left 2/6 for Keith. Keith is having his bike
this week and he has sent a letter and a card which he has made
last night and his Xmas airgraph is ready.
love I shall have to leave off now and see about some dinner which
I don't suppose they will eat after all my trouble. By the way
Mrs. Brown is still in the hospital. This is her seventh week
and he throat doesn't seem to clear. She is a carrier and is quite
well otherwise.. They are going to take her tonsils out and she
will probably be home the week before Christmas.
am going to have Ethel stay with me as she is getting a
separation from Harry. I don't suppose you will be home before
next winter, do you love ?
have just had a rest and given the infirmary a rest this afternoon.
I went yesterday to see Dr. Airey so it won't hurt. Nora came
up on Tuesday and I went to the Savoy to see 'The White Cliffs
of Dover'. It was very good but a sad picture. Michael, of course,
had to cry all the night. He must have known I was going out.
Some chance I have of going to a dance.
here I am a proper grouse. I know but I just cannot help it. In
John Bull this week someone asks why we feel like this. He said
it's due to the liver or digestion out of order or else self pity.
It must be the lot with me !
has just come home from school and as it's quite mild, though
damp, Sheila and Michael are playing at tick with him. Michael
has just been in and told me a long tale and I didn't know a word
of it. Now he comes in all mad because Keith was lifting him and
slipped. With that cleared up I'd better get the tea ready.God
bless you love, look after yourself love for that sunny day. Goodnight
love, all my love, such as it is for you, Your loving wife and
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am pleased to tell you that Peggy had a 6/½ lb baby girl
on Friday and is doing well. I went down on Friday Afternoon and
felt sorry for her but a bit disappointed in Les, he was at home
asleep. I asked Sheila what she thought of the new baby and she
said 'not bad'. Keith said he was glad that our baby was a boy.
Mabel just looked relieved.
Kiddies had their Christmas cards this morning and send their
thanks. Keith wanted to know what it said on them. Does it mean
Happy Christmas. I expect we shall do the usual round. We have
started by showing them to the baker. I though that I might get
a letter today. They seem a bit longer in between unless you are
not sending so many. I haven't had any nuts yet. We are
getting some for Christmas and we had a pound of oranges each
last week. Sheila loves them. I have been and fetched my curtains
today. It seems a lot of money love but I thought that it would
cheer the place up a bit. I had to draw the money out of the bank
today so I was very low. Still we had £2.6.2.interest this
year so we are not so badly off.
has got his bike. and Mr. Quinn gave him a little go on it. He
will come across again but he says Keith won't be long before
he can ride. We had a sprinkle of snow yesterday and Saturday
was filthy weather and I heard on the wireless that in the area
of Florence the rainfall in ten hours was equal to a normal autumns
rainfall of seven weeks in England.
had a bit of a shock today, a loud report and windows rattled.
I thought a rocket had landed som where but it seems an explosion
in an RAF depot occurred Burton way. The children had been warned
as well at school about touching tin cans as a bomber had let
some of it's bombs fall by accident, the kind I think which explode
shall be glad when Christmas has gone as it only makes more work
and it' such a job trying to buy decent presents.
arm is very sore and Dr.Airey burnt it just where I bend my arm
near to the armpit and it's raw. I can't knock about to do any
cleaning. I hope I can manage tomorrow to clean round the window
frames and get the new curtains up. The painter hasn't been yet
but the weather is so damp all the time. I am listening to the
news and they have just given out about the explosions and say
it has caused a lot of deaths and casualties.
6.45. Well love, I should just love you to see this kitchen. I
didn't light a fire in the front today, the kids have been playing
at book shops, books all over the floor and chairs. Michael's
behind the counter with his feeder on and his hand pushed well
down in his pocket bringing forth a scrap of dirty paper as change.
He knows all the games they play. He looks a little tired now.
I can see you will be in for a bit of cleaning up when you get
home from the office.
has been wet underfoot again and the floor is like a mud bath
but I will get it all cleared up when they are asleep. I only
managed to get Sheila's curtains up today. I can't work very fast
with this arm, I reckon I want cutting in half, I can't concentrate.
Michael's yelling Mammy and Keith keeps asking questions, I'll
think I'll say goodnight and get them off to bed. Jack called
in today. He's
well but I think he would like a home of his own. It's one year
today since Mr.Gill died. Keith has gone down in his class as
his writing is poor. He is in too much of a hurry and far too
night and Keith has just gone to bed. I have a nice fire in the
sitting room but no one to enjoy it but myself. Tomorrow I shall
have Ethel here as she finished with Harry today. There is a lot
of this sort of thing going on and when I get depressed I wonder
if this war carries on much longer whether you will be able to
resist some girl's charms. I don't think I would be able to forgive
anything like that. I feel very low again today and sometimes
wonder if my mind is quite
don't know how far one has to go before they call it a nervous
breakdown. I wish you hadn't mentioned in your mother's letter
about me needing a rest as none of them can do anything about
it. I had a letter on Thursday dated the 24th and you mention
having written on the 20th but so far I haven't had it. Had you
got mixed up as the last one I had was dated the 17th. I see you
sent me some fruit and also some money. I thought I should get
a box of nuts. It would be nice if they came for Sheila's birthday.
Mam, Nora and family, Mam and Bernice are coming for tea. She
is very excited about it. Thanks for the Christmas card, love,
and your wishes. Keith has issued the others out to his pals and
now he's after the stamps. Talking about Keith, the boot I had
sent back to the makers were returned looking much stronger but
after five days a hole appeared in the sole again. I was pleased
to see you managed to win a game, it must be your odd shoes. I
met Jack Mansfield on Thursday and I told him you were keeping
in form. I also asked him about some wood. He mentioned that
was looking younger, must have been my lipstick ! I have
the bike for Keith (£4) and Mr. Quinn has been across twice
and he went off by himself although he didn't know it. Mr.Quinn
would try to get across tomorrow morning and thought he would
be alright after that.
love I think I will get my supper now, I wish you were here to
share it. I don't know how people like Mrs. Brown have stuck it
for so long still I guess that's what we have to do. you can't
very well desert and fly over. Goodnight, love, sweet dreams.
love, it's now Monday night and I've just finished (10 o'clock.)
I should love you to see the tray of jam tarts and the plate of
those small cakes you are so fond of. Ethel said, wouldn't Eric
like those. We have to sit up until eleven as the birthday cake
is in the oven. Sheila is very excited.
was very pleased to get you airmail this afternoon dated the 29th
and also pleased that you liked the photo and Keith's letter.
Could you sort it out ? I had the registered envelope too, a bit
quick eh ? I will try and spend it to give pleasure, I wish you
were here to help me as it's a bit of a job. Thanks a lot love,
I did wonder whether to buy some ear rings for myself or a hairbrush
downstairs. I can see love that I will be busy tomorrow but I
think it will be a help having Ethel here. I shall not be sorry
when Christmas is over and then I can look forward to seeing you
Bill called in to see me yesterday, Harry Q and Harry L also came
and they said ' I thought you said you didn't have company, but
I couldn't shift for men. Gladys came in the afternoon and said
she had a letter from you and it seems she has felt pretty much
like I have done lately even to putting a letter together. Sweet
dreams love, don't worry about me, I feel better
today and Mabel saw my leg yesterday and thought it was looking
better. All my love.
love the party went off well and Sheila enjoyed her birthday.
She had thirteen cards and a necklace from Granny and Auntie Nora,
a bracelet from Mammy and Daddy, a pair of socks from grandma,
sixpence each from Eric, John, Billy and Keith, a picture book
from Mabel, 2/6 from Mrs S, and 2/- from Auntie Ethel so
she did well all told. We had some fun at games after tea. I
hope love you are here for the next.
was the birth of a son for Ernie and Kath on Sheila's birthday
so that's at least one we can't forget. Peggy goes home today
but it's not too nice as it's been snowing heavily this afternoon.
She is feeding Margery Ann without any trouble now and Mabel got
her sitting on on a basin yesterday. It reminded me of Michael.
She is a very nice baby, dark hair and I think her eyes will
be brown. Our kiddies are very interested and Michael wasn't a
bit worried when I held her so it will be quite alright to have
another (not much)
nurse told Sheila she would bring her mammy another baby when
daddy came home. The way the countries are all fighting one against
another I shall be gone over when you do get home. Bill wouldn't
pay the 2/6 bet I have with him as he says there is still a chance
of it being over for Christmas. What an optimist. Tom has move
up north again but Gladys is expecting him home for Christmas.
Percy is also hoping to be and Bob is expecting his discharge
by then. I'm not expecting anything at all. I haven't felt so
fed up this week
guess it was the loneliness that was getting me down and at least
with Ethel here I have someone besides the kiddies to talk to I think my leg is improving a bit and my arm isn't so sore now
but I have a little boil come. I had one last time the doctor
treated my arm. I shall mention it to him and I look like having
a gathered thumb too. I got up this morning at four to bathe it.
What do you think of me shall I survive or go wrong all together.
haven't written to Mrs. Dickenson yet but I will now I don't feel
so depressed. I went to Nora's as usual on Friday and your mother
said Janet had passed in the exams also Eric had applied for a
job at Faires and got it in the weaving office but the master
at school was getting a bit awkward about him leaving anyway.
Nora was writing to the education about it. Well love I had to
off tonight as Mabel and Bernice came up.
was pleased to get your airmail. I see you were not one of the
lucky draw but as you say dear I don't think either of us would
like the idea of you going back to Italy. I hope Germany will
soon say she has had enough.
are having a bit of bad luck at whist still you know what they
say, lucky in love. Oliver has been playing whist at someone's
house in aid of the lads round that way and had first and second
prize a tin of cocoa and a jar of marmalade. They also offered
him a tin of dried milk. Kath and Ron have colds but seem better
now. I have had a Christmas card from Jack Turvey.
had the kiddies hair cut on Saturday and Sheila does appear grown
up now. Michael is always putting tins into the grill and saying
'dinners ready' and he is always taking his shoes off and sorting
the cupboard out for odd ones. He's a bit wittery at the moment
as he is cutting his back teeth. He still comes to my bed now
and again and is as loveable as ever. I wonder what he will
think of his old man when he sees you. I think I shall get a lot
of pleasure watching their faces. Sheila's hair is getting darker
now but she still has curls. Keith was very helpful this morning.
As a rule he is quite awkward first thing in the morning, like
his mother. Your loving wife and family
was pleased to get your airmail dated 10th on Thursday but felt
rather told off about feeling so depressed. I suppose I should
go about smiling all the time and I'll try harder in the future.
Mabel and Bernice have been up tonight. Keith went to the pictures
with them to see 'Pin up Girl'. I am just waiting for Ethel to
come home (10.30). I don't know where she has gone to. I think
the kiddies are enjoying having her here. I expect someone else's
company besides mine is as good for them as for me.
went to see Lillian one night last week and down Mabel's another.
I didn't go to Nora's yesterday as I went into town to get some
presents, what a game. The only thing any good are books. Still
I only have John and Janet's to get now. I've bought Glady's John
and Alan and Billy books, Eric and Ron handkerchiefs. Our kiddies
have so far, Keith book, pencils, devil among the tailors, Jigsaw.
Sheila, two dolls, one black, sweeping brush and Michael two small
starting again on Sunday morning while the dinner finishes. I
was lucky yesterday as I had four lemons and about a pound of
nuts, almonds and cobs. I expect love you might get this
about Christmas a happy a one as possible and sincerely hope that
the next one will see us happily together with our kiddies. What
a time you are in for when the family get you home ! Michael has
been talking to your photo and showing you the yo yo he has been
going to make the Christmas cake when I've finished. We had some
icing sugar from the Co-op so I shall be able to trim it up. I
made three puddings in the week and they smell good.
making of Christmas puddings is one of the memories of
childhood during the war which are fixed very strongly
in my mind.
the ingredients had to be saved up over the year except
for things like carrots whih were used as an extra sweetner
to save sugar. The stirring and the mixing seemed to
take for ever and the smell of the spices filled the
the mixture was placed into the pudding basins ready
to be steamed and we children fought to clean out the
mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
Today I buy ready made puddings but they totally
lack the taste and texture of those wartime efforts.
Mabel asked me to go down on Christmas day so you know where to
find me in case you come home. Ethel is going to Beryls. I forgot
to tell you in my last letter that Sheila and Michael shouted
'Hello Daddy' on her birthday to you down the wireless. If this
sounds mixed up blame Sheila as she is messing around and wants
me to get on and make the cake.
comes home on Tuesday for good and Mam says he feels well again
and pleased to be home once more. Mrs rown is still in the hospital,
this is her twelfth week. I've bought her kiddies a little present for Xmas. Percy has been sent up to Scotland. Mrs W and
Family are doing well and she hopes Frank will be home in time
saw the Doctor last week about my leg and he suggested an Elastoplast
bandage but I wasn't too keen but I think I shall have one on
as they must have mixed the ointment wrong as it made it as bad
as ever again. Ethel took it back and it's a bit better but not
haven't had a parcel from you yet, love. I hope I getone before
Christmas. Can you imagine Michael at two ? I was looking at a
photo of Keith when he was that age and he is very much the same
only Michael is broader if anything. Jack Mansfield brought me
a sack of wood but I was out. Ethel asked him how much and he
said it was alright.
shall have to listen in to the wireless on Christmas day, love,
and think of each other at the other end. The kiddies will send
a big kiss to their daddy before we go to Mabel's. I expect we
will get the usual visitors fromcommunion. Well I'll go and make
the cake now, here's Sheila again. Goodnight love, all our love
love I hope this letter reaches you for Christmas Morning. Happy
Christmas love, my thoughts will be with you. I haven't had a
letter for a week now but I received the box of mixed nuts yesterday.
They are in all good condition and they are very tasty and sweet.
Thanks love. Sheila likes them but Keith and Michael will not
try them, if course but mother is fond of them !
kiddies have got colds but Keith has been to school as they had
a party and Keith was the King an a nativity play. He enjoyed
both. He has made a letter holder for me and a snowman for himself at school and was quite proud of them although he had to open
the snowman as there were some sweets inside.
had his leave cancelled. I bet he will swear and putsomething
snappy in the Christmas dinner for the troops. Tom was home yesterday
but sent a telegram to say he had been moved and couldn't have
his leave. I feel sorry for Gladys as she was looking forward
to spending Christmas with him. Oliver arrived home this morning
after 19 hours travelling. Mam and dad are staying at
home this year as Kath was sent home after eleven days and is
very ill with pneumonia and has gone to Aggie's house. She has
had a tough time all round.
put the decorations up on Monday and you should haveseen the
kiddies faces. We have put a bell over your head. Sheila is teaching
Michael to sing 'It's love, love, love'. We've got to get him
ready for the choir when this lot's finished. What do you think
of the German breakthrough love, does it mean the end is still
further away or will it let us see what troops he has hidden ?
just had a letter love and just had to leave off to read it. It
is dated 15th. I did have to laugh when you mentioned pulling
the chain, love. still Sheila does plenty of that and walks in
home with her knickers down and no atter what I am doing she
bends down and asks 'is my botty clean mummy ?' Sometimes I am
upstairs and she is at the bottom.
love, I went out with Harry last night to the transport club to
see a benefit concert and had three glasses of nut brown, that's
all they had to offer me. Mam bought me a pint of wine yesterday.
I hope Jack R sends the chocolate, I'll let you know if he does.
IS KEITH I HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
LOVE FROM KEITH. XXXXXXXX
DADDY THIS IS SHEILA. HAPPY CHRISTMAS XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
love there's your children's greetings. Michael kicked up while
I was writing so I had to let him have a go. He wants to do everything
she does. He often goes to the wireless and calls 'hello daddy'
and he pulls the most comical faces. He will be a tough nut, I've
no doubt. I have got Keith another book from John Bull.
love, I can't concentrate on this as Michael keeps nocking my
elbow, Sheila is kicking my chair and Keith is hanging about in
front so I'll say 'Goodnight love.' and get this off. God bless
you love and don't get too merry, there will be a happy Christmas
for us another year. All my love.
Eve love and Mabel and Bernice have just gone, the kiddies toys
are in three heaps in the shelter and Harry is going to bring
the 'Devil among the Tailors' he has made for them, up later.
I'm waiting for Keith and Sheila to go to sleep. Keith's face
is red and excited looking and he says he can't go to sleep. Sheila
has been off once but is now wide awake again so it looks as if
I shall be up until midnight.
had a siren again this morning at 6 o/clock, the second this week
and we could hear plenty of bumps. I didn't know what to do for
the best as the kiddies have bad colds and the shelter beds were
not aired. I've done it today in case as I was nervous. I could
swear I heard the swish of a rocket and it's not a pleasant sound.
I was on my own as Ethel has gone to Beryls for Christmas.
Aunt Molly has passed away, love, and was buried yesterday. The
troops are singing carols on the radio, are you listening love
? John has got tonsillitis and is very poorly. Your Mam did not
feel well today as that siren upset her last night, Norah and
Alf fell asleep again and she was on her own.
should love you to have heard Michael the other night. Keith came
Christmas singing and he went to the door and shouted "Not tonight" in his little piping voice. He had heard me say it before Well
love we are going down to Mabels tomorrow so I'll write a bit
more then. Goodnight love, Happy Christmas.
love, Christmas day is almost over and we have enjoyed our day
at Mabels. We have just got home and the kiddies are tucked up
in bed and I'm waiting for the news at eleven. This time two years
ago our little Michael was half way here and bless him he has
been as good as gold today. I am very sorry to tell you that Aunt
Beck passed away today, your mother had a wire this afternoon.
I feel very sorry for those boys of hers. The kiddies were awake
at four this morning and I helped them look at what Santa had
left them and then said they must go to sleep again as it was
too early and we all slept until 9.15. They were thrilled with
the presents and Sheila loved her black doll. I had some chocolate
from Jack this morning and think it was very good of him. There
were eight bars and the kiddies loved them. I didn't have a letter
from you love still I expect there is one in the post
forgot to tell you I had another box of nuts on Thursday and they
are going down swell. I'll say goodnight now and finish this tomorrow.
I feel tired as I've been on the booze with Les and Peggy
now Wednesday. I had your letter this morning dated 21st. Gladys
and family and Mam and dad came over yesterday for Michael's birthday.
I have just nocked some rust off the lamp to thaw the lav. It's
the first time it has frozen but it certainly has been freezing
the last three days. I had ten shillings from the W.Post for you
love, so I think I'd better book for Jack and the Beanstalk at
the Opera House. We only get oranges once in a blue moon so you
can send a few, love. We have had a few lemons this Christmas
and I've used them for the kiddies' colds.
haven't seen your mother since Friday Sheila and Michael are sitting
nursing Sheila's dolls. Michael hasBlack Billy and Sheila has
Mary. There is paper and books all over the show and I shall have
to have a good clean up when they have all gone to bed. Keith
is out with David. Goodnight love, All our love to you.
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