My dear Kathleen,
I wonder if you are having snow by this time, I was surprised to get into snow about half an hour after leaving London & it increased as I came along until I found about 3 inches on the ground here. They say it only began at breakfast-time. Father did not go to Evesham this morning but drove down to Badsey Station in Evans’ trap & went by my train & I had the trap to drive home in. I had quite a good journey, just nice time at Paddington. I enquired at Upper Sydenham station about the pen-knife, but it had not been seen & I could not see it on the bridge so I am afraid it is gone for good.
They seem to have been rather a “mimsy” party at home during my absence, Judy has not been very well again, had a chill I should say & that brought her spirits down & her appetite failed, I think she is better today. Enid is here for a couple of days & is doing her good I think. Ethel has not been feeling quite right since her last fainting attack & has also been “off her feed”, Mother has been rather worried about her & has also been a little bilious herself for a day or two, so they are not sorry to get me back. Father seems all right, & Boo declares himself perfectly all right & appetite quite recovered. We shall miss him very much when he goes on Friday.
There was a letter from Arthur this morning, he has been frightfully busy again – at work from 9 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. I mean to write to him this evening & enquire as to the possibility of his taking a short holiday. He says Mary is going to leave the Dysons at Easter & be at home for a time. I should think it is just as well.
I hope you were warm enough today with only your rain coat, I did not think of its turning so cold. I was quite glad myself that the railway carriage was nice & warm. My box from Evans did not come before I left, I hope it has turned up by now so that my trunk can be sent off. You will see that the key comes won’t you? I hope your coat & skirt will be a success, I quite expect it to be. I won’t forget my part of the promise – bed at 10.30 tonight.
Mother suggests sending Ethel away for a change somewhere before long & should think Aunt Lizzie Fellows would have her for a little visit & perhaps Mrs Gepp could too, if she could have a week with each that would make a nice change.
Will you tell Jack I quite forgot to settle with him for the dinner last night, I will send the 1/6 along with what I owe you at the earliest opportunity, you know I hate debts!
Thank you all three very much indeed for giving me such a good time, I enjoyed myself very much, & feel well refreshed for beginning the term, & more ready for grappling with difficulties of all sorts than I felt before.
Much love to you all
your loving sister
May E Sladden
I forgot to say goodbye to Kim, give him a stroke (a kindly one) from me.