29th March 1899
My dear Ethel,
I have just accomplished a letter to George & must now write to you.
We are getting on with the spring cleaning, all the bedrooms are done except May’s which, with the stair-case, is to be done tomorrow, & then I hope the schoolroom will get done on Saturday & that will be all for the present, so I am afraid you girls will have the treat of being at home for the rest of it.
Mrs Price has asked me to look after the decorations this Easter, so I have been round asking people to help; May is going to do the Chancel, as Mrs Keen thought she would like a change; I am afraid we shall be rather short of flowers, the cold & frost last week rather cut the spring flowers.
I saw Mrs Price & the baby yesterday; it is a healthy looking child with nice large eyes & brown hair, but she is not pretty; I didn’t tell Mrs P. so, though!
Baby can curtsey so prettily now, she has been such a dear bright little thing lately & gets on well both with talking & walking. She calls May, “Maa” pronouncing it as the lambs do.
We shall be glad to hear about Ruth Hewetson [?] & hope she will succeed in getting the scholarship.
I heard from Auntie Fanny the other day, she would like us to go to Evey’s wedding if I can fit it in with my Paris journey, & I certainly shall try to do so, as I should like very much to see her married.
I do not seem to have much to write about & am rather tired tonight, so you must excuse a short letter.
With much love to you & Kathleen, wishing you both a very happy Easter
your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden