"Bristol & Chippenham
Tues. Sept. 3rd/40
Just leaving Bristol Stn.
Again I find myself on trains en route to Chippenham to see Miss Slade. [Miss Gladie Slade from Chippenham in southwest England, is an acquaintance made during WWI] I just got her on the telephone to let her know I shall arrive at 11 a.m.
How are you this beautiful morning? Gosh Hon, I am lonesome for you. It is cruel to have to move around like this without you being here to enjoy it with me.
I arrived at Cardiff too late to continue on to Chippenham as train connections were too bad. I made many purchase of clothing. Here they are:
1 suit - blue gray with light blue or red pin strips - 3 pounds 18 s.
2 shirts - 1 pound 3 s.
1 pr. Socks - 2s. 11 d.
1 suit pajamas - 11 s.
1 pr. Braces - 3 s.
1 tie - 2 s.
3 hdkfs - 1 s 8 d.
1 valise - 3 s.
1 hat - 11 s.
2 collars - 1 s. 8 d.
I had a sponge bath at a hand basin gentleman's lavatory, which was presided by the attendant reserving the entire establishment to me by closing the door. Here I changed from sailor to dear knows what--you can name it. I then got a bit to eat and looked for a room which I found at a nearby rooming house for 3 s. 6 d. This morning I reached the station at 8 a.m. and have been traveling since 8:40.
A gentleman just got off the train who married an American girl and who returned to England last November, having spent quite a while in Toronto. (This branch line train is very wobbly--please excuse the scrawl.)
Well Sweetheart, there are raids over some part or other of these Islands almost every day. But our defense force are str..illegible.. and are doing wonderful work.
Heaps of love Dearie and will write when I reach Chippenham. A big warm kiss and hug and then more.
Gee Hon. I have no picture of you. Please supply me with one I like. You know, the original. Just crawl in an envelope.
The name of the flower Mim says is Statice. Many people plant then, dry them for winter. Use ...illegible...' Japanese lanterns' are used.
[Your guess is as good as mine what Statice has to do with Japanese lanterns, but it was a bumpy train ride. Let me know if you figure it out svp.]