The Park House
My dear Mother
I’ll write to you today as I may be busier tomorrow. It was very nice to get home last week and see you all and lucky so many were at home. The baptism took place yesterday. Baby was on her best behaviour, there was quite a congregation, over a dozen, including Geoffrey, but he soon decided to leave, saying GO in a loud voice! Mr & Mrs Williams came, also Nelly. They managed to come direct from Newport, arriving in time for a late lunch: they had to go on after six o’clock. I think I have got most business settled now and my clothes put in order. The Senior A & N Stores have made me a very nice new uniform and I hope to be able to carry on with that till my time is up. I had a line from George consenting to be godfather. I do hope he’ll get leave soon. Today Baby has been vaccinated: on Wednesday the nurse leaves, so I hope she won’t have a bad arm. Mary gets stronger every day and is able to go fair walks now, she has more colour generally. The new pram is on its way and should arrive before I go; it will be necessary soon, for the child has put on 1½ lbs since birth. Mary and I went to church this morning at 8.0 and she is taking it easy now. They have a very nice church here and one capable of further decoration with stained glass etc, which should make it quite fine. The vicar and his wife came in to tea yesterday together with other friends so we were a large party. Well I suppose next Sunday will see me back in France and I don’t know how long it will be before there’s another chance of leave.
With much love Mother dear, in which Mary and the baby join.
From your son