9 Bonamy St.,
Camberwell, S.E. 1
Sat. Jan. 11th/41
I have to go to Richmond to see if there is any mail for me, also to get my watch. Betty left my watch at a repair place just before Xmas and I must go over for it today. I carelessly let it fall when coming over on the 'Darcoila'. (You'll recall this was the ship Jones sailed on from Canada to Britain and that it was sunk by a German u-boat on its very next voyage.)
It is amazing how mild it is today. We have had several days of coolish weather but since yesterday noon it has been more like March weather. When you talk of zero weather and strong winds, I wish I could just transplant you to England. But this I think I am right in unless you could find comfort in house temperature around 50F--I don't think you would enjoy it. I have not been inside of a house yet that the temperature has been about 50 degrees. The English people all make fun of us Canadians for keeping over-heated houses. Really, it is no exaggeration when I tell you the people keep doors and windows open all winter long and seem to be satisfied to see a small grate fire burning. I think it is wonderful that they can do it and I think they are healthier for it--but as warm blooded as I am I seem to be continually shivering so yu can have some idea of how cold house temperature is over here.
Bill is with the Gliddons at Chips today. I wish I were there too. I sent him 10 s., all the money I could spare. His expenses there will be very light as they will not let him spend anything. In fact there is nothing that one can spend money on here except food and clothing. Olive & Doug got away Thursday and will be at Chips for the weekend before Douglas takes up his new post as R.M.O. (Regimental Medical Officer)
Dearie, if you were here today, we would go to London and see the Great Dictator. [A movie making a spoof of Hitler] Then we would have a wonderful evening at some place or other and have great fun finding our way home in the dark. I am awful lonesome for you and would not let you out of my sight for a week if you should suddenly appear.
I have not received a letter since Monday or Tuesday. There should be another shipment arriving soon--perhaps around Monday.
I am enclosing a 1 pound note, Sweetheart. Use it where it is needed most. I wish it could be much more. You must keep warm and see that you get enough to eat and wear. It is not very much but I know it will be most welcome. The last 1 pound I sent was in letter 34.
Heaps of love Sweetheart and happy dreams. A big kiss and hug to sooth you to sleep.
P.S. Mrs. Doran is feeling a bit better though is not herself yet and has to be careful.
And the next letter . . .
9 Bonamy St.,
Camberwell, S.E. 1
How is my girl tonight? Not as warm as we are here in England I'll venture a bet. It is remarkable how the temperature has risen since Friday. Today was as warm and pleasant as any day in October. We worked on the roof all day and it was very pleasant.
Poor Mrs. Doran is not so well. She was removed to hospital this afternoon. Her heart is very weak and that with a lack of care in recent times has got her in a very bad way. Her age is 69. She has a fighting chance of recovery but will not likely be very strong again.
Her married daughter, Mrs. Knight, is here now but will only remain here tonight. So far I have got my meals here at the house. I have decided to remain on here if the family are agreeable. Just what arrangement I shall make for meals remains a puzzle yet. Ernest, the son-in-law is on the staff of the fire brigade and will be dropping in once in a while. They seem to be quite pleased that I am remaining to look after the house. Another sister-in-law has been stopping here with Mrs. Doran at night. It is possible that we can come to some arrangement concerning heat & light as she works all day and will have to sleep somewhere.
I received a nice letter from Clarice Bannister this morning. I sent the family a box of chocolates for Xmas, which they seemed to appreciate very much.
So far I haven't heard from Bill or the Chips gang. No doubt they have all been busy entertaining Bill. I think he is due back to camp today. I shall likely have a letter from Olive or Mim soon.
Yesterday just after the doctor called to see Mrs. Doran, I had to take a prescription which he had left, to a chemist. Not a place was open until I reached Piccadilly Circus (refer to map). Quite a walk from here. It was almost 6:30 when I got back. Saw much evidence of recent raiding. Looks pretty bad in spots. Shops chiefly. It is amazing how little actual interference to traffic and business there is. Jerry is not getting very far with his attempt to disorganize us. And the indomitable spirit of people here must cause him much distress and disappointment.
I enclosed a 1 pound note in letter 38 Dearie. I do hop you receive it alright. The last one previous was in Letter 34. You need the money so badly it will upset me if you don't receive them.
I went over to Richmond Saturday afternoon and got my watch. It cost 10s/6d but I'm very glad it is running alright again. I shall be very careful with it as I always like to use it. I then went up and saw Miss Sendamore. She made me stay for tea and supper. She looked more like herself after having had a brief holiday. Miss Day was to return to Richmond yesterday to commence her class work this morning.
I do miss Doug & Olive. I have no place to go. Not that I care much as I like to read and write in the evenings. But I enjoyed Doug & Olive very much as company. I shall plan to visit Garth's cousin at Catford next Sunday. Catford is not much further away than Blackheath.
Well my love, have a sound sleep and happy dreams. Don't mind if I snore. Ha, Ha. I didn't forget.
Love your Bill"