The Grove School
Sunday Feb 20th /16
My dear Father
Thank you for your letter. I am very glad to hear that Mother is getting on so nicely, I hope she will soon be all right again.
Yesterday I went out with Kath for the afternoon. It was rather wet at first so we poked about in the City for a time and had a good look round the very old church of St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield. Then as it had cleared up we went for a bus ride out as far as South Kensington and had tea there. I enjoyed it very much, and there seemed such lots to talk about. She says next Saturday is Rosie’s free afternoon, so I am going to write to her today and ask her to come for a walk with me and have tea out.
I found Lily Messenger in last Sunday, and had tea with them, then when I went back they offered to walk back with me across the Heath if I cared to walk, so that I did not go to see the Bowdens, but I must go to see them some other day. Lily and her husband were awfully nice and friendly and seemed very pleased to see me, and asked me to go over there again some day. He is 6ft 3 and towers above her!
Kathleen showed me a letter she had just had from Boo, exceedingly cheerful although he had been disappointed about getting his leave. He does enjoy getting into rather more civilised surroundings for a bit, doesn't he?
The new girl arrived on Friday, and I moved that morning into my new room, which I like very much indeed; it is so nice to have a room to myself. It is in the same house but on the first floor, which is rather nice as it saves a whole flight more of stairs.
You will all be feeling very sad I'm sure at parting with Mary and Baby. After such a long stay they will make a big gap in the household.
With love, I am your affectionate daughter.
Juliet E Sladden