Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Wishes him a happy new year and writes of her activities. Notes they have had sharp frosts and is nervous about pipes back at home freezing. Mentions quiet time over Christmas and covers other domestic news.



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January 1st 1945
Little Close, Salcombe
My own darling; a happy New Year to you. The happiest of your life - & of mine, my dearest. I am sure you were thinking of Frances & me specially last night, as I was of you. We didn’t wait up to see the New Year in, but I was reading in bed till midnight. I have been reading a lot down here, to make up for all the evenings spent in righteous sewing during the autumn. We have been having a sharp frost here, so it must have been far worse at home & I am feeling very nervous about the pipes, although I drained all the water out before I left. There is always some left in the bends & stretches you can’t reach. However there is nothing to be done till the thaw, so I may as well relax. I dread to think what it is like in your part of the world. I do so hope my May parcel has arrived with its extra blanket. We have been having a very quiet peaceful time since Christmas. Peter has gone back, Frances & I go down to the beach on sunny days where I sit huddled in my fur-coat reading while she digs sand castles. I went to the dentist this morning for a scraping & polishing. There being no holes to mend for a change, & Frances came too & had her teeth examined. The dentist says they are very good. I have had a letter with photo from Eleanor Kennedy. They are now living in Herts & invite us to go over & see them. I shall try to arrange it if the journey isn’t too awkward. Also had a nice letter from Mrs Howie, Mr Hazard, Aunt Mary, V. Bowack. I sent Polyfotos of Frances as Xmas cards.
All my love, darling, it can’t be long now! Yours always Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to prisoner of war John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 10, 2023, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20411.

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