POSTCARD of a Baby - Monday 30th October 1944
Can’t send any more cards so will enclose this in envelope. I forget whether it’s Belgian or Dutch - I think it’s Dutch.
Let me know all about Margaret’s baby won’t you.
Letter written on Monday 30th October 1944
Monday Oct 30th
Just starting a letter today in the hopes of continuing tomorrow. At present I’m living in a lovely old farmhouse, dated 1660. It’s a rambling building, thatched and whitewashed, with the date in big metal figures. The figures themselves are a work of art in wrought-iron.
I imagine it’s been modernised several times since it was first built but much of the original is still evident. Geoff and I are sharing a room, and as the electricity is now functioning again, we have the radio going, which makes life much more pleasant.
I’ve been rather ill for the last four days with flu or something and as I was 2nd in command I couldn’t go sick. However I’m much better without the doctor’s aid.
‘Fraid I’ll have to continue in pencil.
My friend Junior*, has been sketching me from time to time so I’ll send on some of his rough efforts.
Hope you received the magazine I sent. I’m hoping to get my 48 hrs leave sometime during the next fortnight and to get to Brussels in which case I should be able to send you one or two things in this line.
I’m able to buy and send scent & powder, etc. duty free – only to the tune of four parcels per annum, however - so I should be able to do this when I get the leave.
The daughter of this house was married this morning, so needless to say everything is pandemonium – even worse than the morbid business of getting married in England.
I may be able to contact Ted shortly. I tried yesterday but without success.
Must close here for lunch.
All my love darling
*’Junior’, aka Ronnie Jury, later taught at the Slade School of Fine Art.
© Chotie Darling
Eric Brewer’s diary for 31st October reads: “Went to Antwerp today. Have been relieved by Yank Airborne.” Then “In Antwerp having a good time" for 1st, 2nd and 3rd November.
(From ‘Beaten Paths are Safest’ by Roy Howard, Brewin Books 2004)