Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula



Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula


Describes a walk in local area and mentions windy weather nearly blowing daughter away. Writes of local flooding and having colossal roast lunch. Writes that mild weather means she is less worried damage to water pipes at home. Concludes with discussion of mail and states it will be lovely when they are back together.



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Four page handwritten letter


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Little Close, Sunday 23/12/45
My darling Johnnie, this morning we have all been for a lovely long walk on Bolt Head. It was very different from our last visit there, you & I, when it was so warm & sunny at the Coastguard's Hut, do you remember? Today there were occasional rain squalls & a great gale blowing the whole time, but it was wonderful up there, & I did so wish you could have been there too. Frances simply loved it & I don't think she's ever been in such a high wind before. It nearly carried her away several times. We went by car as far as the Hook's House, so that saved a long tramp. There has been a lot of flooding at North Sands, nearly a hundred yards up the valley is under water, all due to the SW gales which have been blowing. After our walk we had a colossal lunch of roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes, sprouts, & parsnips, followed by mince pie, from which we are still recovering. We were due to go to a party at the Winter's this evening but Mrs Winter is unwell so that is put off. They are coming to us tomorrow evening anyway. I enclose some of this morning's post. So far there have been no Christmas cards that we haven't also sent to.
I'm glad the weather isn't too 'Christmassy' so that we need not fear for damage to water pipes at home. I did not have a letter from you today but the post is very unreliable just now of course. I do hope all continues to go well & that you succeed in amusing yourself satisfactorily. I wonder if my parcel to you has arrived. I posted it last Wednesday. Of course you won't have opened it! Must stop or I shall miss the post. Everyone sends you lots of good wishes & Winifred is actually writing to you. This letter might arrive on Christmas Day, if so it brings you a special lot of love from Frances & me. It will be lovely when we are together again. I do hope you are not in pain now, & able to get about a bit. Yours always, my darling, Ursula.



Ursula Valentine, “Letter to John Valentine from his wife Ursula,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 22, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/20577.

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