No. 5 Initial Training Wing
A bit tired tonight and my eyes seem to close every now and again. I was on duty last night until quite late and have been quite busy today.
Tomorrow is a day of similar activities to that of last Wednesday. On a weekly schedule and each day's work is the same as that of the corresponding day of the previous week.
The weather is much cooler tonight. It was a grand day though. We have had most excellent weather for more than a week now. I'm told that the good weather dates with my coming.
I shall call in and see the accountant tomorrow and learn from him just what rate of pay I'm getting. English rates of pay for army and the other services are most complicated and it requires an expert to fathom them out. I suppose I shall get to know in due course. In the meantime we don't get anything for another two or three weeks.
I have just checked up on your letters Dearie--I find the missing ones to be 12-13-14-15-25-37-48-53-56. There were two number 47, and two numbered 45. I'm so glad you received so many of my letters recently. It does help to get letters. I am anxious to receive your first letter since I cabled you. It will be another few weeks before I do. It has been taking about four weeks for your letters to reach me. It is lucky I had the permanent address at 222 Northfield Road to direct them to--else they would have been following me all over the map and I would be without mail much of the time. I think you had better still use Mrs. Bannister's address. I don't know just how long I shall be here and I'll feel safer if I know just where my mail is. You see it takes so long for you to get a letter notifying my chance of address that by the time you start to use the new address I am away again. I always know where my mail is now and if we change the system we won't know where it is. Mrs. Bannister doesn't mind readdressing my mail--in fact she enjoys it.
Torquay is a very hilly spot. The hills are steep pinnacles and I believe there are seven such formations. Houses and buildings cling to the slopes on steep curves like so many scabs. Streets are narrow and winding. The shopping centre--Union Street--is quite well representative of most chain store companies. All in all it is a most pretty spot. The waterfront, of course, is the big attraction. Sandy beaches and a wide concrete promenade along the entire front provide room for the thousands of tourists who flock here every summer. At present, of course, there are few tourists here.
I am going for a swim again tomorrow evening. I have been in all week. I spend almost all of my evenings getting the following day's work up. I am very busy and haven't as much time for writing as I have had in the past. I like it here very much but feel that I should not linger too long here.
I have so many friends Dearie it almost seems to be beyond me to keep up correspondence with everybody. I'm sure I have to write from fifteen to twenty letters per week.
I wish you were right here now. We could soon make ourselves comfortable for the night. I'm certain I wouldn't snore if I wanted to. In fact it has been ages since I last snored. Roll over and hug me tight. A big hug and kiss and now close your eyes. What is that steam engine I hear puffing. Heaps of love.
This is kind of a grand interlude for Bill to be living and working at this renowned tourist attraction