My Dear Kathleen,
Having completed my letter to Arthur, a day later than usual, I will write to you, I am glad you like the prayer book as it was my choice, you seem to have had many letters on your birthday.
I will enclose a cutting from the Standard about the fierce fight for Pieters Hill where poor Hubert was killed, it was evidently a splendid feat of arms.
Mary has just lately returned from Brussels, as her Father was laid up, she says they are very brave over their sad loss, only two days after the news came a letter from Hubert full of all his plans for the future, all this must be very trying.
I think Baby understands that you will soon be home again now and you will find her more entertaining than ever.
We have come to the conclusion that Mother must absolutely refuse to undertake any Easter decorations this time and she will have to call in the boys to assist her a bit between the time of May’s departure and your arrival.
Aunt Lottie has purchased a “sprayer” like mine for her roses and is I think now rather exercised in her mind how to use it when the time comes, however if Jack goes down there at Easter he will be able to explain.
There was rather a good circus at Evesham on Monday, Cyril and Joyce went with Cynthia to the afternoon performance and Mrs Griffin & Ada went in the evening Mrs G being much impressed with her first sight of an elephant.
The Ashwins are at Bulawayo so are out of the war. We have no recent news of Tom.
I am so tired of this cold weather and it seems so persistent, everything is very backward the wall fruit trees not yet in blossom.
The war news does not seem likely to be very stirring for a short time but no doubt important movements are maturing.
With love to you both
your affectionate Father