May 1 1946
Just a few lines once again. I’ve got quite a bit of “sorting out” to do between now and bed-time so I can’t write much.
Tomorrow is the day when I have to see the specialist again. I don’t know what he’ll say this time. There is some improvement and it isn’t right yet and I think it is a thing which will take some time to cure. We’ll see what he says. I think I’ll suggest to him that a cooler climate might help and see if he’ll send me back to England – what a hope!
Alexandria was out of bounds for a bit yesterday. There wasn’t much trouble and I believe it only lasted a few minutes. These talks are going on but the wogs are getting impatient and suspicious. I think there’ll be an announcement about evacuation very soon.
Thanks for Gwladys’s letter of the 26th which arrived today. The mail is taking longer now. I suppose it’s because of Easter Bank Holiday.
That incident with the car reminds me of the time we were going to Colwyn Bay and the same thing happened then.
I haven’t done any driving for some time. They occasionally let us go out on instruction but I haven’t bothered much because the drivers here aren’t much good, nothing like the old crowd we used to have. In any case driving on the right hand side of the road isn’t much practice.
Well this is May and it will soon be midsummer, then Autumn and I’ll be counting the days. As far as I can work out from the latest programme, group 48 will be out by the beginning of December at the latest so we should be on our way in November, of course they might speed it up after September.
Sorry to hear that birthday card didn’t get there. I can’t see why it should get lost but I suppose occasional letters do go astray. Still I wish Mam many happy returns of the day now.
I’ve had some good results with the camera this week.
I’m enclosing one or two taken Easter week-end up at Alamein. I’m sending a couple to Kath as well but I’m getting some more done so I’ll save the rest for later.
Then I’ve got four quite good views. Remember seeing some of Mr Mead’s films and seeing the method of irrigation in some of these countries, with an ox harnessed to a primitive pump arrangement? Well I took one of those and it came out as clear as could be. I’ll send these views next time as one or two people want to see them yet.
I’ve just decided which two to send you now. One was taken outside our billet here, the other chap is Gordon. The other is of me and Gordon taken near Alamein. It was quite breezy that day, hence the windswept hair. We are sitting on the back of a wireless truck.
That’s all for now. Will write again in a couple of days.
Lots of love,