June 23 1908
My dearest Wife,
I must try and get a letter off by this evening’s post. I was very glad to have yours of 19th inst for I get quite hungry for your letters now you are so far away and the receipt of foreign letters reminds me how nice it was to get them 31 years ago!
It is a lovely day again but looks a little more inclined to be stormy, I should like to get the Churchyard hay in to-morrow before any wet comes if possible.
I have asked Mr Sankey in to supper this evening to make Arthur’s acquaintance. Yesterday Dr Wilson called and had a long chat, he desired to be remembered to you.
Arthur works in the summer-house in the morning and finds it nice and dry and quiet. Juliet talks about writing a letter to go with this but I don’t know if she will manage it.
We have such a nice lot of strawberries that we think of sending a basket to Sydenham to-morrow.
The rose bed is coming out a little but the wall roses are still the best show, the pergola is getting very nice. Mrs Hope saw some of the single peonies at Mrs Ashwin's the other day and is going to bring some friends to see them and the garden to-day!
6 P.M. Pansy Orchard and her brother have come to tea and the latter is playing tennis, I have just cut a few nice roses to send Mrs Orchard. Arthur received your letter this morning I think this little break is doing him good.
On 25th I have promised to go and judge the roses at their little show at Bidford and shall lunch with Dr Hobbes, I must let Juliet stop up to supper that day.
Give my love to Aunt Lizzie and tell her she must send you home if she gets tired of you! I wish she could see the roses as they are now.
Ethel had a very cordial letter of thanks from Edith the other day, she and Frank were evidently much pleased with her little attentions and she really does manage very well with all her other duties &c.
I am glad you are enjoying the nice air and beautiful scenery. I wish I could put in just a week end with you.
Much love dear Wife
Your loving Husband