Oldfield letter: 20.4.40

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5th Division
B.E F.

April 20th 40

My dear Mum and Daddy,

It was so nice to have your letters yesterday and to hear what you’ve been doing since I left – and from your letters you don’t seem to have wasted much time.

I’m so glad the Hunt night went off so well and am looking forward to seeing exactly what has been settled in the paper when it arrives – I wish I could have been there.

So pleased your getting cracking with the pony and trap and hope Morrison will come down a bit – £20 is a very fancy price for the pony I should have thought – and I expect he will come down to about 12.gns, which should be about the right price for a pony. I hope

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very much you will get it fixed up and for sure we shall get the greatest fun out of it. I am looking forward to driving home from the station more than somewhat.

I had a letter from Margaret this morning and she says she is loving staying with you all. I’m glad you like her Mum and must say I do myself rather !

also one from Biddy who seems to be enjoying herself as much as ever and likes her work. It was disappointing not to be able to see them, but lets hope that next time we may – I hope it wont be too far ahead.

Well, dears, thank you so much for the splendid time we all had, I suppose we were as lucky to get as much as we did – and we certainly fitted a lot in. I’m glad anne is no worse for her tumble – she’s a very grand kid.

My fondest love,
Yours ever