July 19th 1900
My dear Ethel
Many congratulations on your passing the music exam: how pleased Miss Cave must be at all of you passing. I hope you have been getting on well this week. I have heard from Maggie twice, she seems to have liked all her papers so far except arith: & Acts, but I do hope she has done enough arith: to pass. It is frightful weather for you poor things, you will be glad to get home I am sure, it is nice to feel that you will be home this time next week.
We are such a funny little party now, Father & Baby & I, yesterday & today Baby & I had dinner by ourselves at which she is highly amused. She is very good but she naturally feels the heat rather, we can simply do nothing much during the middle of the day. Baby said to me yesterday “I do miss my dear Mother very much”. We had a p.c. from Mother this morning, they got there before 10 yesterday morning they started from Evesham at 4.15 Father got up early & cut Auntie Pollie some roses with which Mother says she was very pleased. I enjoyed the dance at the Haynes very much & had some nice dances. Father went & played whist, he introduced the new doctor, Mr Leslie, to me, I had three dances with him, he waltzes very well. He seems a very nice man indeed, I like his face awfully. I must try & make my duty call tomorrow.
I wonder how Dip has been getting on this week. Ada & I are frightfully busy every evening picking peas & fruit, we simply can’t get through all our peas & shall have to sell some-there will be heaps for you. Ada made some raspberry & currant jam today & I shall make another boiling on Sat. Mother made both blackcurrant & strawberry on Tuesday, so we shall have heaps.
Give Kath my very dearest love & with much to yourself from your loving sister
May E Sladden