Tomorrow Rene hopes to come home for tea. They are going to Crows for Supper.
We cleaned and papered the kit[chen] Mon and Tuesday and Ron came on Wed. His name has been in the hat again but did not come out I am pleased to say, but I wonder how long it will be before he is sent abroad. I cannot think of it. He is looking very fit again and hopes to be home again Tue or Wed. He won’t get to Yea[don] for Eas[ter] week-end as leave is stopped between 2nd and 7th to keep the Rly lines free.
Harriet came Wed afternoon but told us no “special” news of Eva, only that she was moving. Ivy has been called up and is being sent as kitchen maid to Alford Hospital. What a farce.
Gladys Jackson came about 7 o’ clock to see if Father would take a man to Anderby. He had been to the chemists on a cycle and could not get back. He has bronical asthma he says. It was foolish to try to cycle all that way and then back meeting a north-east wind He got to Jackson’s by degrees then waited until Father took car to fetch him. G. went to watch box to get her father to stay until Father got back in case he was late. It was a man he knew, Ada Peel’s [? unclear] bro-in-law. He was pretty bad I think by the look of him. Father gave him 2 Eph[edrine] tabs, hope they would relieve him a little. It’s a rotten complaint, I could tell just how he felt. He could not sit still so guess the pain was bad. G.J. says baby nephew is still very poorly and has only 4 teeth yet. One Dr says he won’t be better until he cuts his teeth and the other says his teeth won’t come until he’s better! I was laundering Ron’s socks when she came, asked how Jim fared with his. She said he washed his own, bought a box of Persil read the directions which said, put in water with P. and boil. Says he did and G. said they had faded white but had not shrunk like Ron’s. Now are his socks cotton? Or are you pulling their legs Jim?
Jean is nearly asleep so we had better go to bed. I may read a little if not too tired, but have had a busy week. Washed yesterday and ironed this morning.
Gladys Jackson was the daughter of coastguard Joe Jackson; Jim was a relative.
Have you read an introduction to May Hill & family (includes photographs) and explored ‘The Casualties Were Small’?