"9 Bonamy St.
London, S.E. 1
Another Friday night and still here waiting patiently or rather impatiently. I have reached almost the end of my endurance. I couldn't arrange to pay a visit to the city this week without losing a day's pay and as we don't know just how much longer we shall be working, I didn't feel that I should risk the lose. I have been saving up a reserve to tide me over any eventuality and while I haven't a great deal as yet (about 5 pounds by the end of another fortnight), I want to have twice that amount.
A Commonwealth arrived today but no letters. I haven't received any since No. 47 [oops, he forgot to number this letter] which came in well over a week ago. Perhaps I shall receive a letter tomorrow. I am anxious to hear if you receive the cablegram on your birthday, also letters nos. 34 & 38, each of which contained a 1 pound note. Perhaps your letter tomorrow will bear that information.
Wednesday evening I shall call on Rev. Mr. Moore whom I heard preach last Sunday. He and his daughter live in a house without a roof and sleep in the public shelter every night. He gave me a rather vivid picture of religious conditions in England, and seemed to be a bit sad that the church has fallen into a state of unpopularity on the whole. His wife and two youngest children are evacuated to a safer spot in England. The daughter who is staying with him is about nineteen and is employed at a gas company's office nearby. I am to accompany him next Sunday morning on a visit to an aged people's home, if I don't have to attend lectures at Peckham. (My Warden papers came to hand yesterday and I shall likely be spending a number of my evenings on fire duty or rescue work. I have to report for duty sometime between tomorrow noon and Sunday at 5 p.m. My weekly duties will be confined to a definite area and to certain nights or evenings each week. Organizations of this work are very active now anticipating Hitler's next move, whatever it may be. Certainly this country is much better prepared to face him at present than it ever has been. Fortunately he didn't attempt to follow up his success of last year. No doubt things would have been pretty well disorganized here, had he done so. It will be quite a different thing now.
The weather today was mild enough to go about without a top coat. It is most remarkable how variable the temperature is in this country. At no time does the temperature drop to a very low point, yet one seems to feel the cold very badly because of the amount of dampness.
I heard from Betty this week. She says Jerry's pastime in her town is to machine gun the streets by lone planes. There is very little gunfire or bombing and the children don't have to go to the shelter so frequently as they did at her previous school.
It seem strange that I've heard nothing from Bill Anthony since he visited Chippenham. I wonder if he has been moved. Nor have I heard a word from Pat Shaw.
If I don't have to work all day tomorrow I shall go over to Richmond in the afternoon and have supper with Miss Sendamore and Miss Day. I wish you were here so we could travel away to some reclusive spot and enjoy ourselves.
I do enjoy reading the Commonwealth and thanks very much, Dearie, for sending it to me.
Mrs. Doran is steadily improving. It will be quite awhile yet before she is home though. Her daughter is still here and will not return to Wales until next week. Heaps of love and roll over and close those tired eyes. Take good care of them Dearie. A big hug and kiss.
What's wrong with Mrs. Doran??? Read on.
9 Bonamy St.,
Camberwell, S.E. 1
I am still seated at the supper table. Mrs. Doran has been very poorly since yesterday and she is seated by the stove. She had a stroke or partial heart stroke yesterday and has not quite got over the effects yet. [I wonder what we would ailment call this today?] She has had a very bad cold for several weeks. That and a general rundown condition is responsible for the heart upset yesterday. I don't think it was a very serious stroke but enough to upset her nerves. I made her stay in bed this morning and to refrain from any cooking and housework today. When I cam in at noon she was a bit better, and tonight she is in much better spirits. She thought that she was a goner last night. I'm glad to see her in better spirits.
It was good to receive your letter, No. 45 last night. You were just about to go shopping for the weekend. The weather was cold and you went out of your way to give me quite a lecture in physics. Heat, temperature, pressure, etc. re furnace, taps, etc. I do hope you have succeeded in getting the leak healed in the bathroom. The cussed old house gives me the pip. I could touch a match to it if I thought I would be able to build a respectable one in its place. Perhaps some day we shall be able to do that. Certainly I don't relish the thought of having to put up with the inconveniences of that mess much longer. You are wonderful Dearie and just keep smiling if you possibly can. I do hope a real rest away from it all will soon reward you.
I hope Bill got away to Chippenham today. If so, he should arrive there before midnight. He will be royally received. I received a very nice letter from Miss Slade yesterday. She seems to think that I am in need of money and desires me to call on her at any time--that she can let me have 50 pounds or 100 pounds without notice. Betty also offers to let me have any money I need. What wonderful friends these people are to us. I have thanked them and have tried to assure them of my appreciation but, of course, I couldn't think of accepting their kindness as I don't really need money at present, except for you and I know you woulnd't want me to borrow under the circumstances. I am making ends meet as it is at present and, if I don't have to wait too long to get into the Air Force, we shall be able to manage all right.
Doug and Olive leave Blackheath tomorrow. I am going over tonight for the last time. I shall miss their company as you can imagine. But I have a hunch that I shall not be here much longer.
I must return my sock to Betty or she will be complaining. She sent me one to try on and so far I haven't returned it. I don't think Betty has any further word yet about her appointment to another school. She is visiting an old school friend of hers, Dorothy, by name, and is on a farm (Church Farm, Charfield, Glas). She told me that a new calf arrived there yesterday morning. How you would love to see a wee calf. But she sayd the weather is very cold in the country.
Well Dearie, I must run on now to Doug & Olive.
Heaps of love and many kisses and hugs. Sleep well and try not to worry. Turn over now and close your eyes.