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Date: February 21st 1943

No 154

Major GS Andrews, RCE

Survey, HQ First Cdn Army O/S

21 Feb 43

Dear Jean

It was a nice surprise to get your airgraph of the 7 Feb yesterday, and your parcel with the sox, honey and etables which you posted on 8 Jan. I took the lemon powders up to Shoelands today, as they love it, and quite often I get in on a lemon pie that way. You say I mustn't let my imagination play tricks on me, well as far as my wife is concerned, my memory is plenty good enough - if you are just the same girl I left, it will be perfect. From the few snaps you have sent of yourself, I know that you are retaining your charm to the full One of them where you were sitting on the chesterfield, I thought you looked a bit lonely, and I wanted to step into the picture and just put my arms around you. I wonder what Mary will think when her Pop comes home and starts getting fresh with her mommy. You had better start now to tell her what an awful mane he is, so the shock wont be too much all at once. The week was a busy one, but an interesting one at the same time. Managed to squeeze in a chat with Mr. McAdam our agent-general at BC House in London, he is a fine man. He advised me to sent my proposals for Air survey in BC to the Hon Mr Parry who is chairman of the Post War Rehabilitation Councils, so I have been thinking what to say in the covering letter. There are several others to whom I must send it, but it all takes time, and I am anxious to get it all off my chest right away before I get too preoccupied with things on this side. I wish I could have talked it all over with you first. Will be very glad to get your comments on it. Am glad you are getting the Nat'l Geographic, Morris's get it too, and usually I borrow the copy to read. In the Jan issue I thought the article on glass was fine, especially as I had an opportunity to visit one of the biggest Glass works in this country not long ago, I am now reading "War in the Sun", forget the author, but it is interesting enough so far. Just sort of a running commentary by a war correspondent, no plot or even continuity. I find it rather a comfortable kind of book to read, no "plot tension". I am using Lyle Trorey's typewriter, which I'm not used to, although it is the same model as ours at home. He has joined our staff now, and it is like old times to have him working in the same office. He is good company, and I admire him a lot. I am due for some leave now, but think I'll postpone it because I have quite a few items in the fire, which I want to get more or less finished before relaxing. The weather has been remarkably good. I had a real good work out this pm on the tree at Morris, worked till dark, and stayed for supper but came home right after the 9 o'clock news. They have a young son [?] in the RCAF billeted there, he is FF, from Vancouver, and an exceptionally fine chap. We knew young Lash Haggman in Newfoundland, Ecila and Mrs M like him too. Am sending four little volumes of old travel books which Barnard Smedley gave me. Have just got them back from the book binders, who made a fair job at reconditioning them. Don't know if Smedley's got your letter yet, I haven't heard from them for some time. They seem to be taking plenty of time in [?] but I guess it will be OK sooner or later.

LOVE TO YOU BOTH, -------------------GER

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