and Michael have gone to be and Keith is playing with John Saunders
and it's started raining once more. It is cold again. I've got
some cabbage plants that want resetting but as I've been for treatment
today and they have made it sore in an awkward spot, I don't feel
much like gardening so the rain has saved me. Keith and Sheila
have a piece of cardboard on some string, you know to make a saw
and while I was getting Michael ready Sheila made her's go for
the first time. Your should have seen her face as she stood there
in her pyjamas her eyes glued on the cardboard and every time
she pulled he hands apart her knees bent and she was saying '
Oh mammy look me can do it, Keith don't know, me can but me can
can't me mammy' all in one breath. She has taken it upstairs with
her but I hope she is asleep before Keith gets into bed.
was pleased to get your letter on Saturday. I see you have put
on a bit of weight. Did I tell you I have even added another two
pounds making me Ten stones stripped. You say yours is lack of
exercise but I think I get my share.. Mam received your letter
OK. I shall try to see her tomorrow and hope to find she is better
for her holiday. Your credits are mounting love. Did you have
you rise in May ?
looks as if we shall be getting the house painted in another month
as I saw a chap about it on Sunday. He was recommended to me so
I'm giving Parry the air. He never bothered to answer my letter.
Keith has just come in and turning the place upside down as usual
so I'd better break off and get him off to bed. He makes my head
go round in circles
love, that's Keith off and now we can sit back and talk except
that I've been following the serial that is on the wireless at
the moment but I will try and do both things at once.
I took Keith to see the Doctor about new glasses. He said he doesn't
need the lenses changing and he thought he could manage with the
same frame for another six months or until his daddy came home.
have had the paper to vote by proxy for you, love, but haven't
any number for you now. I hear the troops in Italy are able to
vote for themselves. Have you done so ? In Leicester we have,
Janner, Labour, Kirby, Liberal and Nicholson, Conservative so
I'm wondering if he was called back early off leave.
S had a son on June 26th weighing 9 lbs 1½oz. She seemed
pleased and said Arthur was thrilled about it. I want to
get Sheila's room distempered this week. things seem in such a
mess in Leicester. Half are on holiday and half not. and next
week some shops will be closed and the Post
Office is closing. I don't think the change in holiday has
been very successful. I am impatiently waiting for that letter
saying you are on your way home and know the kiddies will be pleased
to see this wonderful daddy. You will have a lot to live up to
! Hope you don't find it too hard. I wish we had a garden hut,
a good big one so they could have fun in it on wet days besides
to store the tools, bikes etc.
bought a pair of flannelette sheets and a coat and a breechettes
set for Michael from Lewis's last week as they were a bargain
thanks to Ethel's knowledge. We shall be putting the clocks back
in another fortnight then we shall be thinking of the lonely winter
again. Well love, I guess it's time to get the cheese out and
to say goodnight once more. All my love dear, God bless you and
keep you safe until that happy day.
have got to get cracking with the dinner soon, corned beef and
gooseberry and raspberry pie.
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had V54 and V55 on Saturday after a week without a letter owing
to the voting. Did you get a vote yourself love. I had one for
you and did as you wished. I wonder if we've backed the right
horse. I see the new release system put you in a grumpy mood.
Me too ! I felt as if I wanted to go and get drunk and disorderly
in protest and wondered if it was worth trying to carry on. Another
year seems almost unbearable and no sign of leave yet. The B.L.A.
are very fortunate if only they knew it. I think it's about time
the army authorities used a bit more discretion.
had a very busy week last week. Monday I had a general clear up
of clothes and bits of toys and spent the afternoon as usual having
my sun bath. Tuesday I distempered the little room, painted the
skirting board, cleaned and polished the room and put Lilians
bed up. I was quite pleased with it. Wednesday I washed the curtains
then I had a letter from Ethel saying how ill Mam was on the Sat.
( She went to London last week). It made me a bit worried although
I know what she is so I hurried round after dinner and went to
see Mam. There's not much time with Keith coming home from school.
I thought she looked better although she said she didn't feel
well and their holiday wasn't very enjoyable but I think it was
travelling for seven hours that really made her feel weak. Her
and dad came to see me yesterday and she looked much better.
went on the paddle boats at Humberstone park, half an hour for
threepence, had two bottles of lemonade, went back to Noras about
five, had their tea and then went to the allotment with Alf and
let some fireworks off, had a twopenny lollipop and came home
at eight o'clock quite pleased with himself. Mabel said she daren't
have let he kids go but I knew Keith could get the right tramcars
( he knows all the numbers and where they go) and the boating
isn't in deep water there but I wonder how you would have felt.
see your memory failed you twice again in your last letter. You
said let Glad have the cot, it's Winnie that wants it and you
also said Percy has got to have another packet overseas and he's
never been out of England before. He came to see me yesterday
morning and said he expected to go over tomorrow to Germany. I
asked him if he thought you men could settle down to a homelife
again when they had finished with you and he said he had settle
alright the last fortnight he had been home and hoped his group
(21) wouldn't be too long. He is well and thought that you looked
fine and fat on the snaps. I wished him a happy holiday on his
Cook's tour and told him to keep sober
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love I'm pleased to say I feel much better this week
and hope I haven't worried you too much. I've lost quite a lot
of my energy and don't seem to have much heart for working. This
will be the third week the beds haven't been changed. My neighbours
are doing the children's clothes and Ethel is keeping the dust
has been up to all sorts of tricks. He was pestering me for ice
cream at 7.30 on Friday and I told him he could have one Saturday
afternoon when he went to the pictures. I sent him for some chips
for supper and gave him 2/-. He came back with them and said he
had had a sixpenny ice cream. Not only that but he had waited
in the queue for a threepenny one but they had sold out before
his turn came. It was my money but he said I could take it out
he went to the pictures, took half a crown out of his drawer and
came back with ½d. 6d pictures,9d, icecreams, two 3d lollipops,
(frozen water with colour added) 6d pieces of paper,1½d
cardboard and he could not account for the rest. It's time someone
took him in hand. I've taken all his money from him yet he can
be helpful when he likes.
better get some dinner ready. We have had some French beans. They
were grand. I haven't gone off my food. I managed to get some
plums, apples and tomatoes this weekend so we have mugged ourselves.
We can only hope one of these days you will be coming up Barton
Road, Until then all my love to you,
loving wife and family.
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love it's been a glorious day and I thought I'd better get a letter
off to you. It's so still and warm, just the kind of night I know
we would enjoy walking along the seafront.
went for treatment on Monday and saw the Doctor on Wednesday.
He wished me every success and was pleased with my arm. He asked
me to continue treatment when I felt I could stand it. I should
have gone on Thursday but after I got back on Wednesday I felt
done in and woke up on Thursday feeling the same.
only went down to Mabels on Wednesday night. I hadn't enough energy
to go far. I went with Evelyn to a dance at the Corn Exchange
the week before and it did me good although I was a bit nervy
over the first dance for so many years but we got through it and
had a few laughs.
feel a bit better today as I've took things a bit steady. Lillian
came to see me on Tuesday and brought Shirley and Mary. She said
Dick was well and she hoped to have him home about October. She
has put some weight on since Dick went. I think it must suit us
to be without husbands.
I have sent a birthday card off tonight. It's not too good as there
is such a poor selection. I was pleased to get your letter today.
I thought I had thanked you for the Capri pictures. Talking of
Capri, when we went to the dance the band was playing 'it was
on the Isle of Capri'
small abcess which healed some time ago has broken out again.
I think I should be better off without that leg !
told Keith you would double whatever he saved. He said he will
save a pound but don't get alarmed, he won't save that much.
love, it's 10.30 and I feel tired. Ethel hasn't come home yet
but I think I shall get off to bed. I bet Agnes will get all het
up when you come home. She keeps saying it won't be long. Well
love, I have to go to bed. God bless you love. Let's hope and
pray that it won't be long before you are back where you belong.
our love to you your loving wife, Olive and family, Keith, Sheila
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was pleased to get your letter this morning. I see that you have
had no news to tell me yet. Dr. Mann's letter was sent to the
Welfare Officer. I have been for treatment today but I feel very
irritable at the moment. It has been a very dull wet day and I
think that the family have got on me a bit, Michael has such a
piping insistent voice, I could crown him. We have run out of
bread and Keith is that blinking awkward and it wasn't until I
said that I would go myself that he said he would go, he doesn't
like me to leave them in alone. I begin to think we must have
spoilt him in earlier days. Sheila and Michael are trying to catch
flies in fish paste jars so they are peaceful until Keith comes
happy returns of yesterday love. I hope the card arrived in time.
I was going to send some cigs but thought I'd better wait to see
how things went before I sent them. I heard that Stan Oldham had
finished his journey by air but hadn't heard if he's home yet.
went to the pictures last night and saw 'They Were Sisters' very
good it was too. I took Michael on Monday afternoon as Sheila
had gone with Ethel and Keith had gone to Switherland with Mrs.
S. I went into town with Mabel on Wednesday morning (harry had
the family) to buy Sheila's utility bed and bedding. We came through
the market and the wine shop was open which is not very often
so we nipped in for an odd one (2/6 each). As your mother said,
money doesn't go far these days.
get Sheila and Michael off now, I've had several interruptions
already. I've just put their pyjamas on and am waiting for their
milk to warm. They are having a fight, a friendly one. Well love
that's that, Keith has come in and I've got him off as well. Michael
is sleeping with Keith tonight, he's always banging his head on
the wall in the single bed. I'd love you to see Sheila as she
is a lovely golden brown colour . At present they all have head
colds but need you wonder. Last weekend was enough to roast and
now you could wear a topcoat with ease.
pickled the shallots yesterday. There were five jars so you had
better not be too long. The painter has not arrived yet. It wouldn't
have been much use anyway with the weather.
seem to be moving to Naples. Do you think you will have to go,
it seems a poor sort of place or so some of the chaps say who
have been there (No not to me love, I don't fraternise). Did you
hear the Imperial band from Humberstone park the other night on
the wireless. I wondered if you were listening. What do you think
about the new bomb love, it's terrible really and makes you hope
and pray that there will never be any more wars, this one has
been bad enough but if there was another I can hardly bear to
think of the suffering it would bring.
has had a bitter disappointment this week. Percy went back off
leave and was hoping to be demobilised this week and now he said
orders have come through ordinary ratings group 8.18 by September,
but telegraphists only 8 group out this month. It makes you wonder
what the government has been up to and why they haven't trained
men to take the place of a fellow who has done 6 years service
and is 42 years of age. She is very upset about it and he is too.
His group is 11.
have been having storms lately and that Saturday I was ill it
lasted from 10.30 until 6.30 in the morning and rain, whew !.
I think most people fell asleep through it. Mabel and Harry were
with me until well after twelve as Ethel had been to Narborough
and the train was over an hour late and then she had to queue
for a taxi in Leicester.
love, I'm just rambling on and I have another letter to write
to Dick's wife. Love and sweet dreams.
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ALL OVER !
love at last it's over and much quicker than I ever thought it
could be. I have just put Michael and Sheila to bed and Keith
is reading and having something to eat. He won't be long before
he is in bed either as Mabel and I took them in to town last night
to see the lights and flags etc. We came home at 9.30 and there
were bonfires at each street corner. They were thrilled with everything
and we watched Culver Road's bonfire and fireworks until 10.15,
they were soon off to sleep. We all went to the service in the
town hall square in the morning. This afternoon we have been to
the 'Sov' but it was L----. I wish we had gone to the park.
has gone to bed now and I'm on my own once more. I haven't seen
Ethel since yesterday morning . I guess she will be home sometime
love I see they are looking into your application. According to
the paper tonight the troops are going to be released quicker
went to see your mother yesterday for a few minutes. My mother
seems a nice bit better the last week or two. Our Winnie has got
to go in to hospital today as the baby hasn't turned and they
think it is either fastened to her side or needs turning. I expect
Ethel will know more about it if I do see her tonight.
pleased you liked the snap. I was on it, did you notice me ? I
read your mother's letter and didn't like the bit about (you were
alright there but you thought I had too much on my own here).
It was mentioned to a young lad from Italy that it was alright
for the young ones but not for the married men and he said 'Oh
don't you believe it, they are having the time of their lives.'
have made Keith Michael and myself a favour out of red, white
and blue and Sheila a hair band. Mabel bought them a flag each.
We went to see Faire's flags. They had four new beauties. I think
they were the best in town. We told Sheila and Michael they were
daddy's flags and sat on the wall in Rutland street eating cakes
and biscuits. Michael kept saying 'daddy's flags'. We are having
a street part next week. Well love it's 8.30 and I've got the
ironing to do so I'll say goodnight and hope it won't be long
before I see your old face again.
kisses, your loving wife Olive, Keith, Sheila and Michael.
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what a day I've had today. It was raining all morning, Keith lost
my purse,there wasn't much in it but he was so stupid and kept
saying it was in the basket. Of course I got mad with him,my head
was aching as it was. I haven't been sleeping well the last few
nights then when I took Sheila's new mattress upstairs I noticed
it was split about 2". I could not get on with the dinner, the
milk boiled over when I was putting the fish on to fry, Sheila
lost her hairband I made her for V.J. day, I knocked a cup of
tea flying with bothering with Keith and everything I wanted doing
I had to ask a dozen times or land them one. I felt I could fly
! By teatime it cleared up and became very warm so just to calm
me a bit I left the dinner and tea things, went into the garden
borrowed Mrs. S's pruning clippers and cut the raspberry canes.
finished them before I put the kiddies to bed. I think it cooled
me off a bit, then of course I had to face the dirty pots. It
was nine when I finally cleaned up. I had a biscuit and a cup
of cocoa and as tomorrow is our wedding aniversary I thought I'd just finish the day moaning at you love !
is our fourth year apart love and I hope we shall be able to celebrate
next year's anniversary together. I thought we should hear today
how quickly they were going to demob you. In any case you should
be home by January but who wants to go to the seaside then ?
can see you packing off to work after a couple of weeks indoors with the family ( you lucky guy). Well love that's just a bit
of what you have to come home to, take it or leave it.
love like you I am daily hoping at the back of my mind that one
of these days I will be able to relax just a little and know at
last I have you to rely on. Goodnight love, sweet dreams. All
my love to you dear now and always,
loving wife Olive and Family,
You have forgotten the Kiddies kisses on the last three letters.