9 Bonamy Street
Camberwell, S.E. 1
Sun. Jan 5th/41
Sunday again--how the weeks flow by! I received three letters from you last week--40, 42 & 39. I'm glad you received the 1 pound note in this letter. Please get yourself one of the many things I know you need. And do keep the coal bin full. I know how hard it must be for you to manage on the little you have. You are doing wonderfully Sweetheart and I shall not ask you to endure it much longer. I believe we are on the threshold of better times. At any rate I have reason to believe that you will soon have enough to obtain the necessities of life.
I was greatly surprised last Wed. or Thurs. The Superintendent of the plant sent for me and informed me that he was increasing my pay 33 1/3% which means I am in a better position financially to help you a bit. I was happy indeed as you can imagine. I don't know why he did it, probably for some reason best known to himself. I greatly appreciate it anyway
As I had not heard from Bill for more than three weeks, I journeyed to Sutton and, lucky enough, found him in billets. We had supper together at a small restaurant in Sutton, after which we went to the pictures. We saw "It's a Date". Deanna Durlin & partridge played the leading roles. We greatly enjoyed it. We then hastened to the station and I caught the 9:37 to New Cross Gate. I walked from the station New Cross to Blackheath and here I am with Doug & Olive for the weekend. I was pleased to find Bill looking so well and in such fine spirits. It was impossible for him to obtain a pass at Xmas time so it wasn't convenient for him to come to Chippenham with us. He is taking 5 days leave commencing Wednesday next and is planning to spend at least a part of it at Chippenham. He has a standing invitation to go there. He will enjoy it I'm sure. Betty is home at present and she and Mim will look after him. I do hope he goes there.
I have just put a washer on Olive's tap. I couldn't help but think of you. Wish I could steal in on you and surprise you. What joy! I am forever thinking of such things and someday we shall enjoy the realization of our dreams.
I received a nice letter from Mrs. Dunham, my old nurse (Betty Ashley). She is living still at Bendly, near Birmingham and has invited me to meet her in Birmingham sometime. She said that her Xmas was somewhat sad as she has lost the 'dearest mother & father in the world' during the past ten months. She seemed to be just like her old self and I shall certainly look her up when I go to Birmingham. As soon as I obtain word from the Air Force, I shall try and take a trip to Birmingham if only for a few days.
Mrs. Doran was funny the other day. The previous night had been very cold. I noticed that my tap upstairs was frozen, and ice and there outside could be seen. (?) I asked Mrs. Doran if it ever got any colder in England. She was astonished by my question and said, "Why, how could it get any colder, didin't it freeze water." Poor soul. I think she would soon discover the difference between degree of temperature if she were to visit Canada. I thought it best to plead ignorance and let her feel secure in her belief that the limit of cold had really been reached when ice forms. By the way, we have had no snow in this part of England yet, although I understand the ground is white in the central & northern part of the country.
Well Sweetheart, I wish you were here with me. I just long & long for you and if I were not working I'm sure I'd go mad. Hurry up and come over.
Heaps of love and happiness. Happy dreams and a big hug & kiss to comfort you.
And let's go for another one . . .
9 Bonamy St.
Mon. Jan 6th/41
Just a brief note tonight, Dearie. I was very glad to receive your letter today, No. 42. You were so bright and cheery. I do love to think that you are not down in the dumps all the time. It is hard to keep one's spirits bright always but patience is a wonderful thing and usually the darkest day is followed by a ray of sunshine.
I posted, or rather got Olive to register No. 34 to you enclosing 1 pound. I do hope you receive it. You need the money so badly. Please get coal or something you are in need of.
I received a card from Mrs. D. Grant (?). It was very kind of them to have remembered me at Xmas. I also received a card today from Pearl and her husband (Kirk) in Montreal.
Still no word from Air Force. Work went on as usual at the plant today. And Jerry has decided not to visit the London area tonight. He made two attempts to do so today but I don't think he got very far.
Bill Anthony is going on leave Wednesday and in all probability will visit Chippenham. Olive is wiring her mother to that effect today.
We had our first snow fall in this area tonight. Not a very heavy fall but enough to whiten the ground.
Betty sent me a sock to try on and if it fits, she is sending the other as soon as she has completed knitting it. I don't know if you are acquainted with a type of knitting, spiral in effect, and because it is so, you don't require to knit a heel. It looks like (he draws kind of a bullet shape with diagonal lines) and will fit any foot. I am more than surprised how well it fits. Miss Day knit her nephew a pair long before Xmas. I believe Betty got the idea and instructions from Miss Day. I shall ask Betty to send you the instructions. It certainly is a great improvement on the heel type of sock. (Anybody got a pattern for this one??? Sounds like kind of a tube sock.)
What a time you do have with washing machines, taps and furnace Sweetheart. Why not come over here and give them a rest for awhile. I want you mighty bad and will not let Jerry harm you.
Heaps of love and a big hug & kiss. Sleep tight and happy dreams.