Monday Sept 29th
I see it is over a month since I wrote to you. I've been very busy & many
things have happened too.
We have now got our Radio Set again. All the Main Sets have been taken by
our visitors, but the battery sets they did not want & yet they kept them
from us for six weeks. It is so nice to hear the news again.
We have had lovely weather all thro' the month & the corn etc. has been got
in & is very good. We are very thankful to feel that our bread will be sure
for the winter, altho' our visitors have claimed 40 per cent of the
Early in the month, we had two short "Air Raids", but it was mostly on the
soldiers who were drilling on the beaches, quite a number of them being
Arthur has been very poorly with stomach trouble but is now getting slowly
better. Will, too, has been bad in the same way.
Mollie's house has been let, so we have had to clear out all her goods &
chattels. What a business it was, to be sure. However, it is all safely
housed & there is now no fear of it being taken by our visitors. It is
dreadful how they are treating some of the houses & furniture.
We are feeling the shortage of essentials, especially Gas. We have none for
lighting purposes at all. We've just had a small range fixed in our dining
room so that we can save on the cooking. I do hope we shan't have a very
severe winter. Those people who have neither Gas or Electric light are the
ones who will suffer most as there is no paraffin at all for them, & they
can have only one candle per week, & in some cases only one in two weeks.
We have not had anything from France for the past few weeks except Coal for
making Gas. Our food consists of Bread & Butter, ½ ration of meat, Semolina
or Barley flour, fish once a week if there is any, & of course vegetables
of which we have a plentiful supply I'm very thankful to say.
We have just been enjoying our Grapes. We had about 60 bunches. They have
been a very great treat. I bought two green figs last week, paid 6d each
for them. They were such a nice change.
We have had messages from Len & Mollie again. They are well & seem to be
settling down. Tom has heard from Laura & Will from Cathie. It is so nice
to hear from them.
We have to light up now at 8 p.m. & it is not light until 7.30 a.m. We use
a Candle to go to bed but I dare not leave it burning for Arthur. He has to
get upstairs in the dark. When our stock of Candles has gone we'll have to
go to bed at dark & get up at dawn, but many have to get up now in the
dark. It is all most trying. There's one thing: it won't last for ever & we
keep on hoping it will soon end.
We had a week without meat last week. After next week we commence our
Services on Sunday afternoon as last winter. There is no Gas to be used in
Chapels etc. & of course no meetings at all in the week. Unless there is
Electric light it is a bit dreary, but we keep smiling.