"Opened by Examiner 3260"
[We see all letters are really being very carefully scrutinized and we will see in subsequent letters that very little that Jones writes is ever blacked out. He's very careful.]
Just an April fool. My wouldn't I have your prank if I were home today. I expected to see you jump out at me today. Such a fine, sunny spring like day it has been too.
I received a letter from Helen's friend Miss MacCready, a school teacher. I think Helen met her at Netherwood school at Rothman (sp?). She has invited me to visit her sometime. She has a sister at Blackheath which is somewhat of a coincidence. I shall look her up some time I think. Miss MacCready is in Leicester. Bill had visited her once last summer but she has not heard from him since.
I am expecting a letter or letters from you tomorrow. I have noticed that your letters generally come along about Tuesday or Wednesday of each week. And once in a while I receive the odd letter on Saturday.
There is just one other guest, a man with a broken leg, besides myself at the Belmont Hotel now. I don't know what the old lady will do I'm sure. She seems to be quite satisfied. I never met a more independent person. She just doesn't care whether she gets any guests. You would certainly laugh at the way she runs things. I wonder how she ever managed to run the house when she used to have it full to capacity. She very often recalls the time when she had many people to look after. She would certainly have to run the house on much different lines than she does now if she wished to keep her guests. Personally I get on alright. I'm only in at night and for meals. I somewhat enjoy the old soul. She has a Cornish sense of humor which I enjoy very much.
I haven't heard from Olive & Betty yet. I don't know if they are planning to come to Torquay for a day or not. Then mentioned it in one of their letters. It is very hard for Olive to get gas and perhaps they cannot manage the trip. I would enjoy having them here for a day or so as we could indulge in Tennis. We have the privilege of playing on two courts quite nearby. I may hear from one of them tomorrow. I haven't any idea how long Betty will have at Easter.
I have never heard a word from Ron or Pat Shaw. No doubt Shaw is very busy. You mentioned that Ron is busy also taking courses.
My work is coming along slowly. I wish I could make more progress. I seem to use all the spare time I have but the ground (sp?) is quite extensive and it requires time to digest the information. I shall master it in time. I have to be ready for signals by the end of the week.
I heard from my old foreman at Cooper, Dinisen and Walkden's on Verney Road. He gave me the news of doings at the plant. I always liked him as he was such a straight forward chap. Hardly any of the boys are working there now. He tells me the roof is not leaking at any rate.
How is the breakwater holding, Dearie? Is there any sign of weakening? By the time this old war is over, I'm afraid it will require rebuilding completely. [Remember, they live waterfront on Lake Ontario.] Don't worry if you see any sign of wearing away. It can't do much damage.
We had a very heavy wind last night. It seems to have cleared the air. Today has been ever so much warmer than any weather we have had so far this year. You will just be in time to pick the beautiful flowers I see coming along. Hurry up, Dearie.
Heaps of love and happiness and happy dreams. A big kiss and hug.
I wonder sometimes if it bothered Helen that he was always nagging her to come over when there was little chance that she could find a way to come or receive permission during war time.
"Opened by Examiner 3229"
Sun. Apr 6/41
It was good to get your letters yesterday. I have received all up to and including No. 74. I haven't lost a letter since somewhere in the 50's. Pretty good hey what? From all accounts you are not having the same good luck.
Poor Mrs. Flafferty is having a hard time of it. I do hope she recovers. To think of losing so many organs and rigs makes one wonder what chance she will have after all the operating is over.
By this time I expect Doug has visited you. I wrote him about a week ago to let him know that I have 10 pounds in my account here for him and asked him to draft me for that amount. This I thought would be the best way for him to transfer it. I haven't been able yet to find out just how much money, if any at all, I am permitted to send out of England. [Uh oh. Is he going to have a problem sending money to Helen?] I hope to hear from the Royal Bank sometime this week about the matter.
I believe I owe you one or two letters this week Sweetheart. Somehow or other I seemed to neglect you last week. I am trying to concentrate on my work so much, as I want to get all my tests off in quick time, that I'm afraid I have neglected letter writing. I have had quite a lot of special duties to fill in as well. All in all I am very busy. When I tell you that frequently I don't get breakfast until after 10 a.m. and sometimes not at all and occasionally even go without my dinner and work every day outside until 6:15 p.m. you will understand how busy we are. In a way I', glad that you are not here just at present as I'm sure I should have to neglect you as you would see very little of me. Once I get my tests off it won't be so bad as I shall be down at the flying job then.
All day I have plugged away at algebra, logarithms, etc. my head is almost dizzy. It has been a most unusually cold day. In fact colder than we have had it for at least a month.
Last night I was on duty at the Town Hall dance. I had two or three dances with one of the officer's wives but, not knowing anyone else there, I spent a rather tame evening. I had to stay there to see that order was maintained and that the dance broke up on time. I wish you were here at such times. It would make all the difference in the work.
Betty and Olive will not be able to come to Torquay as they have to look after their mother, Mim, being away at present. I think Betty has until the end of the month off from teaching.
You have probably learned that Germany has declared war on Greece. It, no doubt, will pen the campaign for this year. I do hope we don't meet any serious disaster. As long as we can hold him at bay for another year I think we shall be able to turn the tide then. This year will no doubt prove to be a very severe test for us.
Your dining room must look great Honey. I did so much enjoy your sketch. I was right there with you. You don't know how much I love you, your letters and everything you do. And you have so little to work with. Never Mind Dearie, you will soon have easier times.
The gloves fit quite well--a bit large but that is a good fault (if fault is the word). The color is excellent and they are as warm as toast. I won't wear them out this year I promise.
Heaps and heaps of love Honey. I'm awful lonesome for you and long for you all the time."
Oops, he forgot to sign it.