My dear Mother
I must look out the little things you wanted sent and send them tomorrow morning. I hope you have been getting on all right, and that Aunt Lizzie is taking care of herself, she wants to get some more strength back yet, doesn’t she?
I had a very nice day on Monday, you will like the flat I am sure. Their paper in the dining-room and passages is rather like the paper you have chosen for your room, which by the way is now more than half put on. I quite like it now it is up, and the paint seems to me just the right tint. Two men have been at it all yesterday and today and have got on well. One of them is Lizzie Withers’ young man. It is necessary to keep a pretty strict eye on Queenie, with workmen about; in these cases, as Ethel says, their true vulgarity comes out! Muriel went with Ethel to Birmingham today and seem to have had a successful afternoon. Tomorrow after tea we want to make some cakes ready for next Wednesday.
Yesterday we had some very jolly tennis, the Horsfields and May Openshaw, Muriel and Mr Reakes came, and we played quite a lot of sets. I have had a good deal of school work to do since I came back, a day or two off always means an accumulation of arrears, but I have got pretty well straight again. The drawing exam is next Thursday, not Wednesday as I thought, which is just as well. Miss Herbert told us today she wants to get a resident post in a school next term, so she will be leaving us. We are very sorry as we like her, but I hope we shall be able to get another student, or possibly Miss Lowe might undertake to come.
Arthur suggested getting a nice etching to send to Bob from us all – you and Father included – and I think he, or one of the Sydenhamites will get it and send it off.
I suppose Mary has her maid Louise in today.
I met Dr Martin in Evesham today. He had heard from Mrs Martin that you and she had been as he expressed it “chumming up”! Poor Betty’s combies came and were sent direct to her, but she has returned them to us saying they might fit the big Miss Empey! I shall have to take them back to Righton’s and say they must return them, they are huge, much bigger than mine. I will get a pair of some kind they have in stock and send it at once to her, then if it does I can send two more pairs.
Much love from your loving daughter
PS – Ethel says she’s sorry but cannot write letters just at present! She is now gumming blotters.