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How is my girl tonight. What a girl you are: The sweater arrived yesterday and it's grand. It fits perfectly and I love every stitch in it. Color, style and workmanship are superb. I shall swank it on all occasions.
Here I am on duty again. I have been getting my share of guard mounting and night duty. I don't mind--in fact I seek it. The other fellows are taking advantage and getting a bit of a break. They used it and I'm glad to be able to favor them. Phillips is planning a trip to his home for the weekend. He lives in Wales. His wife and he and their little son will motor with a friend of theirs. Livingstone has gone on leave as he is posted elsewhere. H...... is laid up with a bad foot. Browning is carrying on with me. We have been doing about all of the routine work. It is excellent training for me and I welcome it.
Tomorrow night is the occasion of the special dance. I do wish you were here. I hate going alone. Mrs. Phillips has kindly promised me a dance. There will be a very hip crowd present. One should have a partner for the occasion. Please come over. I would sooner stay home than go alone. I haven't heard from Olive Garvey so I don't suppose she will be free to come. In fact, I think Doug is on leave and they are spending it together somewhere.
I received another pair of socks from Clair Banister. Black and of fine wool. My how good people are to me and how little I am worthy of their kindness.
I just got word today that my allowances would be coming through very soon. I shall be glad when I'm able to get a first installment off to you.
The weather has been very cold here for the past two days. We have not seen the sun since Sunday.
Thanks Dearie for the butter and cigarettes. The latter I gave to Mrs. Phillips who smokes quite a lot. Needless to say, the butter is on my table and when I tell you that half of it is already consumed you will understand how well I am maintaining my reputation. You don't know what a treat it is. In fact I don't believe there is anything that you could have sent that would have been quite so welcome--in the line of eats. The billet-deux were mighty comforting. I could imagine you inside of this sweater quite easily. But, Honey, you should have crawled in one of the pockets. What a joy it would be if you would just arrive suddenly.
I received a very nice letter from Mrs. Slade, also one from Betty. Betty is much better and is back to work. Mim is not at all well and seems to be greatly worried over her sister, Mrs. Glidden. Poor Mim. I pity her. She has very little to live for and seems to be so much alone. She is a very fine girl but just can't seem to get her mind off her own sad plight. I am afraid as she grows older she will become a victim of self pity.
The Spa pottery, Dearie, is a very old kind of English pottery. It is very scarce in Canada but a few dealers stock it. Before I leave England I shall try and obtain some pieces of it from Peckham. I shall certainly try to go get some of the set we are trying to amass as well as the black and white, rose cups & saucers. The only thing is my time is so occupied with other things, I should have you here to dig around and find these things we want. I feel that every minute of my time must be given to my work and consequently everything else goes. We must try and plan that you come over. By the way there is much you could do over here now. A big appeal is being made to the women to volunteer in many organizations. B..?....... is out to get 200,000 women as soon as he can.
I must retire now. Heaps of love and a big hug and kiss to keep you warm and don't bit my ear off but hold me tight.
Note that he's very careful about saying what he's actually doing.
Here I am again orderly officer and I believe it is time I should write you a letter. My time has been quite occupied since the middle of last week. I go up for a test in machine guns tomorrow afternoon and I've had to work like the mischief to get into shape. Others who are taking it with me have been here since last September, and, although they have not put their minds to it until recently, still they have had plenty of time to do so. I have been able to recall some of my old knowledge of the Lewis and that has helped me. Nevertheless it has kept me mighty busy learning parts of the mechanism. The test will only take about 15 minutes. I have got my signals, law, navigation, math, etc. fairly well along the road and I want to try and take a test a week if I can do so.
I have not received any letters from you yet this week. The sweater came Monday and I was delighted. Really Honey you d.....?... so much and I'm as pleased with my sweater I feel I shouldn't wear it. The notes were lovely and I'm a hundred percent satisfied with it except that you didn't jump out of one of the pockets.
You will be surprised when I tell you that daffodils are in bloom, allysium, violets, almond blossoms and grass as fresh and green as we would see in Canada in June. It is a wonderful country. Yet with all these beautiful things round about us that suspend [?] so quickly to a few hours of sunshine, and shivers all day long. The air is quite heavy with humidity and when out of the sunshine you are actually cold. The windows and doors are invariably open in this country all winter long and a fire in the fireplace is the only means of heat. ..........?....... people these English--but jolly fine believe me.
We had our wing dance last evening. In fact it was a group dance. I went unaccompanied and found the early part of the evening somewhat slow. Mrs. Phillips and Mrs. Allen, the adjutant's wife, kindly took me in hand and it wasn't long before I had met quite a few others. By the time the dance broke up 1:30, I was getting along nicely. The dances here are just the same as they are in Canada.
I see London has been getting it quite heavy again. I do hope all my friends there are safe. No doubt jerry will cut loose very soon now. We are quite ready for the worst and he will not get very far except that he will do much destruction and create great loss of life.
There are only three of us stopping at the Belmont House. I am the only officer. The lady, still there is from London. The gentleman is recovering from a broken leg which he got when he fell just before Xmas. He had the plaster cast removed today. Another three or four weeks will see him away. The place will only accommodate about eight at most. It is a place very similar to what Miss Hart had a 110 Lowther except that the food is terrible. I endure it because the old soul trying to make a go of it is doing her best under the circumstances. She is an invalid herself and is liable to play up any day. She is a bit better than she was a week ago and I would not care to move now. I don't know just how long I shall be here and as my room is comfortable, which it is, I shall stay there. It is a relief to be away from the others (R.A.F. fellows) and most other hotels and rooming houses here have a few as guests. It is very quiet which I like also.
Heaps of love Sweetheart and a whole heart full of happy dreams and thoughts. A big hug and kiss to lull you to sleep.