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Date: February 4th 1919

Park House


Feb. 4 1919


Dearest Mother,

I know it is quite a long while since I have written you, but then it is quite sometime since I have heard from you. Your last was written New Years day from Montreal. A few Canadian letter came in yesterday. I got one from Phyllis Barker and also a card from [?] from Boston and a letter from Mrs. Mackay from St. Petersburg. I have just got back (2 days ago) from 3 days leave which I spent in London at the Canadian Nurses Rest Home 66 [?] Gardens. [?] and Mary got away the same day, but they each have 6 days while I only got three. I think I told you I overstayed my other leave 3 days so that was the reason. We went to town Friday morning at 10. Mary went on down to Sutton, Surrey to stay with her in laws and [?] and I went to [?]. It is a beautiful old house wonderful entrance hall, like a ball-room with a big fireplace at one end and [?] chesterfields each side of it all [?] in wood [?] with [?] the drawing room is very fine too also the dining room and library [?] room. We had a room just for two, some of the larger rooms have as many as 6 beds in them as they are always full and want to accommodate as many as they can. The meals are lovely, breakfast at 9 (called at 8.30), lunch 1 tea 430 and dinner at 7. You can bring [new/men?] friends in for tea. You pay 6 shillings a day now but it includes everything, hot water bottle in your bed and hot water brought to the room in the morning. You can’t stay longer than 3 weeks at a time though. Met a lot of V.A.Ds and sisters there that I knew including [?] [?] from St. John and Alice Wilson also Sister Gasking from St. J. My 6 months was up on Sunday but I am waiting now till my discharge papers come through so will be here about two weeks yet then I think I will board at 27 [?] Rd. till Mary finishes, may also go up to London for 3 weeks at the Rest Home as I want to do some shopping. I heard when I was in London at the Emigration Office that officers wives are to be allowed back on the boats with their husbands if the husband applies to his [?]. I had written and told [?] so if there is no hitch I will wait for him, but it may be two or three months yet before he gets out (all the troops are to sail from England now) but if I can get back on the boat with him it is worth waiting for [?] the other [?] in case something should happen that I couldn’t get on the boat with him. I have secured a passage on the [?] sailing the first week in April you pay a 2 [?] deposit and they hold it till a week before she sails you can cancel it then or else pay the full passage amount and get on board when she sails. I just missed Stanley in London. He went to Devonshire Thursday - however I will see him before he goes. I am putting off buying any clothes till the last minute as I want to get spring styles instead of winter ones. Hope you and father are back well. I had a nice letter from Uncle Ed the other day. Met [?] [?} on the street one day in London last week and had lunch with him. Looks very well but like all the rest anxious to get home. Also met Carrol [?]. He is on his way home has got recalled for business reasons. My fingers are frozen so I will have to stop.

Lovingly Nettie

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