My Dear Kathleen,
I will write to you this evening and then we must post to May on Saturday morning so that she may hear on 22nd, I presume you get one early delivery on Sunday. Mother hopes to send a cake on Friday so that it may be certain of delivery in time for May’s birthday.
What time does the performance take place on Dec 8th? if you can invite friends why not send invitations to Byfleet though I am afraid if late in the evening they would not be able to come on account of there being no late trains for return, this would not apply to the Richmond people, as they I think could return up to 10.38 P.M. from Windsor.
Mary will not be at home having gone to Brussels.
We have got Jack a nice umbrella (rather an extra good one) and it is to be a joint present from us all. I was in Worcester to-day and bought a pair of scissors for Ethel, as “brothers & sisters” present they seem nice ones and cost 3/- including case.
Our stupid servant scalded her hand last week and of course thought it so bad she must needs go home, we shan’t mourn overmuch if she does not return at all especially if someone else can be found.
I was getting Jack to help me with the bicycle on Sunday when it came to grief, however I don’t think it will take long to repair when I have a chance of sending it in to Evesham. Arthur is due home on Dec 18th George either that day or the next, he thinks he may stay for a breaking up concert on the Friday, perhaps you will be able to tell us next Sunday when you expect to return it will not be long now.
“Stir up” Sunday is close at hand.
I hope you and May will avoid getting bad colds. Cyril informed Mrs Nightingale to-day that if he were a little older he would marry her but added that he should return to Mother as soon as she was dead.
With love from us all to you both
your affectionate Father
I enclose some nibs.