11th August 1908
My dear Ethel,
We were pleased to get your letter & Juliet’s this afternoon & I expect you will be looking for a letter from me, so I will write a few lines just before supper time this evening.
We were surprised by Father & Cyril walking in, we had not expected them till the last tram, but they found they could come round by Birmingham & so avoid the long wait at Worcester; their bicycles however got left on the platform at Birmingham. They seem to have quite enjoyed their little trip & had good weather for the most part.
May & I walked over to Bretforton this afternoon & called on the Pember Reeves, Mrs P R was at home & a daughter named Beryl about 16 or 17. They appear to be a large family & there is also a sister of Mrs Pember Reeves & her children, so they are a houseful. We talked about New Zealand & they seemed pleasant.
I heard from Arthur & George this morning. Arthur is enjoying his holiday, “of course”! George had been on the sick list for a couple of days he thought from the heat of the sun, but was better & hope to start work again today.
Miss Holmes starts on her holiday on Thursday, she took the class at Sunday School on Sunday, so as to give Mela a holiday; Mr Windley gave us a very good sermon last Sunday. Mrs Richard Field at Aldington is dead & also Ethel Cave’s baby, I think May told you of the arrival at the Post Office. I called to enquire after Mrs Lees-Milne on Saturday, tell Juliet I took Scot rather more than half way across the fields, then told him to go home or Simon would be after him; he sat down & looked miserable, but went back when he had lost sight of me. He was not so good today, but came slinking after us & turned up just as we rang the bell at the door. Give her a good kiss & say I will write to her before long.
Where are you going to leave her when you join Jack & May? The latter sends love & says she will take her blue muslin, white coat & skirt, blue ditto, a black evening skirt & some blouses; she is taking Kathleen’s little box which she is having mended; she may perhaps buy one or two things in Brussels, so may be glad if you have a little extra room in your box.
Your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden
P.S. Love to all at Deal & Sandwich, how is Norah looking?