Leonard to the family:
Dear Alec June Susan & Carol
Many thanks for letter and Susan’s drawing to hand as usual yesterday morning. A very nice drawing again Susan, and we are glad to know that daddy waters the garden. Soon be school time now and I expect you will be pleased to go back.
Note newspapers duly arrived. Norman Allen got the proof for us from Evening Post people and we may order one each for you and ourselves. Susan would have looked better on a horse or tricycle but it was a case of grabbing hold of the first thing available or not being in picture at all. Hope Grandfy and Grandma Baker liked it. Have not been across Salthouse Fields since taking the tomatoes to Mrs Hillman but I believe the donkeys are still earning their keep. Can hear the train whistle from garden especially Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Yes there were several high tides and we went out again on Saturday evening but the sea was like a millpond so no excitement of waves splashing over the promenade. This week it has been a little different, quite a strong wind and several storms, atmosphere very heavy but we have had no thunder.
Have never heard of dahlias being moved once they were in flower but you seem to have succeeded so hope you continue to get a good show. I did not plant any this year. Last Friday Percy Thrower on TV said that next to the rose the dahlia was the most popular flower in the country and that the more you cut the flowers the better, for it will continue flowering until frosts come.
Presumably June means runner bean seeds. It is broad beans we plant in October and at the time of coming to you it is doubtful if the runner bean seeds will be sufficiently ripened to gather in – we shall see. In any case can let you have some in due course by some means or other. to date have picked 270lbs of runner beans and 140lbs of tomatoes. Elford called up the other day for runner beans so I reminded him I had tomatoes as well; he took 6lbs of latter and I picked 12lbs runner beans. I managed to pick just sufficient elderberries to make a gallon of wine – the birds have had the rest. Only got about half a pound from Cornish’s garden and three-and-a-half from our own making the 4lbs required; it is now in a violent ferment. Yes may have to consider larger quantities sometime in the future.
Noted distance to Burnham Beeches and back about 40 miles. More success then with the heather and one of the little beech trees – if you had a bigger garden you could get more in it. (Have heard this before bracket.) We very much liked the idea of the dog or poodle skin rug outside toilet. It was one of those narrow brown long-haired mats, you’ve seen it before. Fancy Susan remembering little things like that. She enjoyed herself here alright and so did we but naturally we both had a little bit of catching up again after her return home. As we have said before she was splendid considering it was her first time away from her own home.
The twelve results was 100-1 one shot so missed £5. Nowhere near it last Saturday because of so many freak results.
There is plenty of time to plant snowdrops but once in you can forget them all together they will come up yearly and increase quickly And give a nice little show in early spring.
Fancy Susan and Carol choosing their own books at the library. We often see children in our library here – a room is set apart for children’s books adjacent to main library. Mum and I go up on an average once a week.
We were not aware that your neighbour at 94 had a house at Westgate and that your other side neighbours had used the premises. Let out I expect as Joe and Lydia let their bungalow at Exmouth. By the way we have not yet heard from them re: visit, neither have we any more news of Arthur which seems a bit strange. Things will happen all together in the end probably.
Glad to hear car satisfactory and that Jackson will touch up the rear wing for you. Ted Caple here had another mishap with his new A40 last week. He was going along Elton Road towards Six Ways when a motorcycle shot out of Seavale Road to get across to Victoria Road and ran into him broadside. Ted Caple told me Sunday it is probable the police will issue a summons against motorcyclist for driving without due care etc. Meanwhile car is in garage for repair. This is about the third time this new A40 has been involved in accidents, none of which were Caple’s fault.
Geoff and family should be home again by Thursday evening this week. Had a card to saya good time was being had by all.
Very interested in your work report on Paddington yard, also that you have another application in for promotion. Best wishes for this one. How is McDonald’s possible move progressing? (Having trouble with my Biro so have just fetched the one I keep in garage.) Why should McDonald “not think much of your application”?
So you did not hear anything of previous application then, gone too long now for any news presumably. Keep us advised.
Norman Allen had an interview last Friday for position as assistant investigator Work Study (Class 2). His second child was christened in Old Church last Sunday afternoon.
Not much local news this week but we did hear there has only been one fire on Church Hill this season and that this had been put out before fire brigade arrived.
I wrote the AA for route to Ruislip – Barrow Gurney – Chew Magna – Farrington Gurney – Radstock – Frome – Warminster – Amesbury – Andover – Bagshot – Staines – Datchet – edge of Slough – Iver Heath – total mileage 142¾. Is this the route you had in mind?
I see railway accidents continue, the latest at Wootton Bassett yesterday morning. They are are much too frequent nowadays.
Saw Bill Aston over the weekend and understand that despite the diet he is on he still gets severe stomach trouble at times which makes him feel miserable. I don’t know what he can do about it if anything. Cornish came over yesterday morning and helped me clear guttering out around house; you will remember during heavy rain the water came out of guttering just on a level with window in front bedroom and rattled down on to zinc covering the window of front sitting room. It was surprising the amount of silt which had collected. Had this done around his house so we ought to be alright for a month or two.
How about your kitchen chimney since you had it attended to – is it watertight now?
No more this time, hope you are all keeping well. All our love to you both and lots of kisses for our two little girls. Mum and Dad
Eva to the family on the remaining half-sheet of Leonard’s writing paper:
Dear Alec June Susan & Carol
Many thanks for drawing and letter. We laughed at Susan’s description of the bedroom rug. We have had them for years and they were Grandma Fewings’s before that, but I have always taken them up before you came thinking the children would fall over them, but forgot it when you came the second time. We have been on the garden again and there are plenty of jobs to do. In the middle of it this afternoon Stanley James came to see if Dad could ring as there are some visitors from Colchester, but not enough for the bells. It has been quite cold this last two days, almost needs a fire. I suppose Susan is really ready for school again. I’m looking forward to October. Love from Mum and Dad.
Underneath drawings of fruit and veg headed ‘guess these’: pumpkin grapes turnip carrot banana potatoes cherries and something that might be beetroot.