Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine



Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine


Discusses photographs she has sent. Mentions finances and problems with the gardener. Writes about RAF allowances arriving and his leave.



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[underlined] No 22 [/underlined]
Saturday 6th Sept
Darling Johnny,
I’m so glad you like the photos of Frances. I sort of thought you would. As you don’t specify any particular enlargements you want we’ll wait till you come on leave & then see if you like any specially. Barbara is making a set of whole plate enlargements for Mother and another for the family album, & a lot of postcards to send to friends & relatives. I’ll send one of these to Miss Seaton as requested. I wrote to thank Mrs Howie for the oatmeal & photos & sent her one of the “flying angel” & also wrote to Mrs Snodgrass to thank for a recipe & sent her a copy of the “laughing baby on the pot.”
I’m glad to hear you’re saving money. I can barely squeeze thro’ each week with the RAF pay & £1 from Ba. The gardener came yesterday & did the raspberry bed but I was livid with the old ass – I gave him a whole 1/2 oz of Ailsa Craig onion seed, price 1/6, and
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told him to sow [underlined] one [/underlined] row [underlined] thinly [/underlined] for use in spring, & keep the rest for spring sowing – and the old fool went & put [underlined] two rows [/underlined] !!! sheer lunacy! It would have been enough for at least 10 rows properly sown. And the snag is that autumn sown onions don’t keep, one only puts them in then to get an earlier extra crop. He also put far too much lettuce seed crowded into one row, so I see that in future I shall have to sow the seeds myself. I told him off, so probably he won’t come any more! It does infuriate me to see waste like that, in an experienced gardener too. I got the seed from Thomson & had quite a long chat with him – he very kindly pumped up my bicycle tyres from me too!
The RAF has just sent me a warrant for 38/6 London allowance (adding “the delay is regretted” – nice of them) from 17/7/41 to 1/10/41. I suppose I ought to buy one 10/- cert with it but I think I’ll have to keep the rest on hand because with Peter here & then, I hope, you soon after I’ll need a bit extra. I try not to think too much about your leave, but it really would be awful if you didn’t get any.
All my love Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter from Ursula Valentine to her husband John Valentine ,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed May 23, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19627.

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