My Dear Ethel,
I have been cutting out newspaper extracts which I think may interest one or both of you, Mother says you had better keep those quaint pictures of Dutch costumes as they might afford a hint for fancy dress, how do you think I should appear as “newly married husband in visiting costume” and Jack as “Peasant in wedding garb”.
We were glad you had made a pretty good start in your form and hope you will be able to take a good place when you get a little more used to the work.
Arthur says that he is to go in for the higher certificate next year, it would be a feather in his cap to obtain it so young, he is to take German in preference to French, so the former is evidently looked upon as one of his strong subjects, Dip says there is a rumour that their cadet corps is to have a holiday towards the end of October and go to Malvern for the day.
We only got Georgie’s letter this morning, it did not contain much news. Cyril was wondering the other morning if you were likely to draw pictures in your letters at the end of the term.
We have some lovely roses still, indeed the flower garden keeps very gay owing no doubt to the long continued fine weather. Jack has been very busy superintending the picking and packing of the fruit, there were over ten pots of those Golden Pippins, the Blenheims are not yet gathered, we have a lovely lot of Cox’s Orange Pippins which will keep till Xmas.
Auntie Pollie has just ordered another couple of your fowls and Jack wants to clear off some more to reduce the numbers a bit before winter and save the corn bill.
When your nail begins to get loose you had better wear a finger stall as much as possible, as it is better to keep the nail on as long as you can while the other is growing up.
With much love from us all to you both
your affectionate Father