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Date: March 15th 1919

Park Horse

Parkside Rd

Reading, Berks

March 15/19

Dearest Mother,

I don’t think I have written you since my [?] let [?] and I have had two letters from you since then one Monday night written Feb 21st and another by to-night’s post written March 2nd. I have just come off duty and finished my tea. Was going out but it has started to rain and besides I have heaps of letters I ought to write. The days pass so quickly that I never seem to get any written. No I never write to the aunties so I never seemed to have the time and anyway I think it is their place to write to me. I sent them one of those little magazines with an account of the wedding inside and said I was continuing my work at the Reading [?] Hospital so they know where I am all [?]. I also sent one of the little photos taken in my outdoor uniform but have never heard from them. They have more time than I have. When you only have 3 hrs. to yourself each day you don’t always [?] like spending it writing letters. I owe so many people still for letters of congratulations that I often wonder when I will get them written. [?] [?] [?] [?] the 5 lbs of [?] [?] [?] and John [?] sent Mary and me each a [?] big box so that’s two more thank you letters I must get off. I think I told you in my last letter that I was going to Oxford on my half day last week but it rained so had that we went up to London instead. Its no use going sightseeing on a wet day. Had a look around the shops in Town, had ten and what to a music hall and got back here at 10.50. On Sunday nights Mary and I went to [?] . Left here at 6.27 and [?] [?[ at 8 o’clock I am enclosing post cards one of the old inn we stayed at and the other of the Cathedral [?] is such an historical city used to be the old capital. The [?] of [?] [?] was bilt in 1081. It is quite the [?] old place I have ever been in. The bed-rooms all have little [?] knockers on the door and are named after old Kings and Queens the room we slept in was called Queen Emma. It had a [?] old mahogany bed in it and if you please the next morning Mary bought it. I laughed till I was sore it all struck me so funny. We got to be great friends with the [?] and she took us out to her own home and showed us all her old stuff and would have sold us any of it. He [?] not of the morning going through the cathedral. It is a magnificent old building and we will in [?] nook and corner of it from the crypt underneath to the top of the [?] and out on the roof. I made it to 560 feet long and the longest in the world here [?] [?] at Rome [?] [?] is buried there and [?] are [?] up by the alter that contains the bones of some of the Saxon Kings [?] which [?] the bones [?] although the [?] let us chime the bell and keep wind up the big clock in the tower. At 3 o’clock we went to the station and met [?], [?] and Jean Daniel. They had the half day and came up from Saint [?] to spend it with us. We had tea at [?] the [?]Palace such a queer [?] [?] old place. They had to leave at 6.30 but we stayed on till 8.30 and got back here at 10. The 3 at [?] are staying till June or July. They are all looking well and seemed to be enjoying life. Alice [?] is being married to Percy [?] sometime in April. [?] still thinks he will be in England by the first of April. The Colonel wants him to take the battery back to Canada but if he has to do that he won’t be able to [?] back with me so he is trying to get out of it. I am staying here till No. 2 Section closes which is the 31st of March and do hope that [?] gets here the 1st of April. You can keep on sending letter to Park Horse though as they will always forward my mail. I can’t really tell you yet when we will get home but it won’t be till the end of April. I’m sure poor [?] is having bad luck. I had a letter from him from [?] on Thursday saying he was coming down to see me and know what afternoon I could get off and yesterday afternoon I had a wire saying “[?] dangerously ill leaving for [?] to-morrow”., She had had a relapse but was much better and I had a letter from her about a week ago. I do hope she pulls through as I’m afraid [?] [?] [?] it my easily. As for getting married before he gets settled and a good [?] I think it would be [?] my [?[ and I hope he [?] do anything like that. He doesn’t know anything about women and their [?] and anyway it no way to start married life by learning about your in laws. You wouldn’t catch me doing it of course [?] and I may stay with you for awhile and also the Mackays till we get a [?] and a place to board but not for very long I can tell you. I had a very nice letter from Mrs. Mackay this week. She said [?] was down with them for a change. [?] is getting [?] tired of hanging around Belgium doing nothing. He is still at a little village 4 miles North. It does seem such a waste of time. [?] [?] this battery are quite [?] [?]. [?] [?] me that [?] had gon and Lady Allanis [?] [?] [?] in [?]. So sorry to hear father has a cold. Hope by now it is quite better. Isn’t Mrs. [?] too funny for anything. It is odd though when she’s so prejudice that way that her only daughter and favorite son [?] many [?] and [?]. Mary and I had a party [?] [?] [?] last Saturday night just 8 kindred spirits and two of the other girls having one to night. [?] is back from [?] [?] and on duty again. She has signed for another 6 months but may [?] her [?]. In fact I don’t think V.A.D. will be needed much after May as one hospital after another is gradually closing down. The garden here is getting [?] [?] – the almond trees are all covered with such pretty pink blossoms (which  come before the leaves), then there are roses of [?], [?]. daffodils, and [?] in bloom. They say Park Horse gardens is wonderful in May and that there is a painting of it in the Royal  Academy. I would like to be here when all the [?] hydrangeas etc are in bloom. [?] [?] [?] be a mass of color. Well am it is after 7 and the supper bell will ring any moment so I will have to stop. I imagine [?] will get sent back to Canada very soon I hope so anyway

Love to you and father,


P.S. I haven’t heard from Hayzel lately but perhaps I owe her a letter. I hope you have save that little copy of Canada I sent you with the piece about my wedding in it. You [?] [?] me a paper or a clipping that mentioned it from [?] I always keep everything for something

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