9 Bonamy St.,
Camberwell, S.E. 1
No mail today. Perhaps tomorrow. Have been reading all evening and now must write a letter or two.
It is very quiet and peaceful tonight. The weatherman also is very kind. Honestly the temperature today has been higher than it was yesterday. Most delightful and I do wish you were here. 'Taint no fun being all alone.
I was very fortunate today in finding someone to supply me with a hot dinner at noon. A Mrs. Barham, a friend of Mrs. Doran. Mrs. Barham lives just across the street from where I work. She has consented to supply me a mid-day meal for 1s. 3p. The meal I had at noon today with her was liberal enough for a horse. I promptly cautioned her not to be so big hearted. I'm certain the dinner cost her more than I paid for it.
Mrs. Doran was moved to another hospital today. I have not heard how she is. Ernest, her son-in-law, will be off duty Thursday night and will spend the night here. He will likely have news of Mrs. Doran's condition, as he intends to telephone the hospital from day to day.
No word yet from Chips. Don't know if Bill is still there or not. Perhaps I shall hear something tomorrow.
I do hope you have received letters No. 34 and 38. Each contained a 1 pound note. Please let me know sometime, Dearie, just how you get along. Has Dory or Mother ever sent you any money? If they have, please keep account of it Sweetheart.
Dearie your gloves are absolutely grand. You don't know how much I appreciate them. Every time I go out I wear them and what comfort they are. I have refrained from buying more clothing until I hear from the Air Force. The MacIntosh I bought in September at Richmond is the only top coat I have. It is alright in the rain and serves the purpose going from the house to my work, but it doesn't look very good whenever I go to Richmond or elsewhere. I just don't think I should buy anything more as I shall require every nickel to outfit myself when I am instructed to report for duty. I understand the outfit costs about 60 pounds, and the allowance for clothes is 20 pounds. However, as I won't have to get it all at once, I shall be able to manage it over a period of time.
I can see you, just about at this time, getting supper ready. It is 10:30 p.m. here and your time is about 5 hours earlier. Wouldn't I love to jump out of the oven or 'pinch' those biscuits. Gee. they are good.
I dropped Shaw a line but have not heard from him yet. I didn't have a chance to write Betty Ashley last night. I must answer her letter tonight. Have you heard anything more from Mother? I do hope she is not suffering greatly.
Have you ever seen or heard anything of Larry MacKenzie Dearie? I often wonder if he is in the army. I'm glad to hear that Cecil is doing well. In all probability he will remain in Canada for some time yet.
I do hope I receive a letter from you tomorrow. I noticed by the press report tonight that Jerry has sunk a few boats recently. Your next letters will likely give an account of how you spent Xmas.
My watch is keeping excellent time again Sweetheart. It hardly seems possible that it was over two years ago that you gave it to me.
I would dearly love to be with you on your Birthday. I well recall your Birthday last year. It will be a wonderful day when I am able to give you a real present.
Heaps of love and happiness. Sleep light and happy dreams. Another big kiss when you wake up.
222 Northfield Rd.,
A bit colder tonight. The stove is doing its best but one's front roasts while his back is a veritable icicle. A flurry of snow came along with a brisk north-east wind today. I carried on at roofing until the snow prevented me from doing any more. I then carried on with some work inside the building.
I have received no word from Mrs. Doran today. Anna, her sister-in-law dropped in this evening from next door, to see if I am alright.
No letter from you today Sweetheart. Almost a week since I have heard from you. Never mind, perhaps it will be my turn tomorrow. I do hope Jerry has not succeeded in destroying any more of your letters. I received a letter from Betty, written at Charfield, where she is visiting her friend 'Dorothy.' She said that Bill had arrived at Chips, and that she would be going home Sunday and if Bill would be returning to Sutton Monday, that she would accompany him to London as she was going to Leeds and would travel via London. She is likely back home now as she wrote her letter on the 9th. It was a long time coming.
I wrote Betty Ashley (Denham) last night, also Mim Slade and you. It keeps me busy writing letters. I wish you were here Dearie, it would be ever so much more fun talking to you and hearing you purr. Gosh it would be grand. I want to write Jane and Francis tonight to thank them for their Xmas parcels. I have also to write to Church yet. I am running behind.
Keep good and warm Sweetheart and look after yourself well. Can Marjorie read and write yet? [Marjorie was a little tyke that Helen babysat for awhile.]
Heaps of love and a big bear hug to keep you warm.
Well, that was all newsy and gabby but not what we want to hear.