My dear Ethel,
We rather thought we might hear from you to-day, however as time is running on I had better write to you this evening without waiting for your letter.
Arthur came down yesterday he is not starting for Wales till Saturday morning so you will just see him, he will probably be away about three weeks.
We have not heard of another servant but you will be glad to hear that Edith Knight is ready to stand in for a time and will not want to go out on Bank holiday.
Mrs Jackson seemed pleased with the roses and wrote to thank me for them.
George starts with the Volunteers by special train for Beverley, Yorkshire on Saturday night, he spent the last week end in Surrey with a Mr Palmer one of the senior clerks and Arthur spent his at Teddington with Mr Lattimer. Jack is going by boat to Margate on Saturday and wrote in the first instance to aunt Lizzie to put him up however the Potters who will then be at Petone have offered to put him up so he will be at Petone all the same, he will return by train on Monday night.
I hope you have been having fine weather we had rain yesterday but it has been finer to-day, this evening it is quite cool.
The locum tenens seems rather pleasant and good in the Church, Mother and Kath called there yesterday and encountered five ladies in the house. They had been picking black currants and peas nearly all day and have ½cwt of currants some for jam and some for sale, there are yet a lot more peas want picking.
I have reserved the two local papers for you to read their account of the Flower Show, Mother’s collection of outdoor fruit is highly praised! when you come back we must see about Harvington, Brailsford is quite anxious to go.
I think the sweet peas will be fine if the weather keeps dry.
your affectionate Father