I had quite a surprise on Thursday night when just before “lights out” I got four letters, including Mam’s of August 6th. It had been backwards and forwards, from the unit to Haifa, Haifa to here, back to the unit and then back here again. Then yesterday I got Gwladys’ letter of the 20th, so altogether I’m not doing bad for mail. I would have written on Friday but thinking I might be going out tomorrow I spent extra time finishing that cigarette case I was making. It is now finished and looks quite nice.
I’m not going out tomorrow after all but expect to leave here before the end of the week. There are plenty of rumours going round about various units getting ready to move, and, while I don’t think there’s any truth in them, I want to be with the mob if there is a chance of a move.
Didn’t I tell you that I’d finished the elephant and have kept it? I could have left it there but I thought I might as well buy it if only to amuse you! Of course I shall have to keep it for two or three months and then the journey from here to England won’t improve its looks but it might still resemble an elephant when you see it.
I’m afraid those tins of fruit which Gwladys mentions will be out of the question, unless of course I have time to do some shopping in Alex on my way home. Some chaps can get them here in Palestine but I don’t know how they manage it. Except while I was in hospital we haven’t had much fruit ourselves for some time. We occasionally get a few grapes but they aren’t too good. Oranges seem to be out of season, and tinned fruit doesn’t seem as plentiful here as in Egypt.
I don’t know much about civvy food these days but I’ll be glad to get back to it. It would break the heart of many an English housewife if she saw the food that was wasted in the army. It’s not so much the quality of the stuff but the way it is cooked. When the war was on the cooks used to turn out what to us were good meals and not much food was wasted but now, even in places like this with good cooking facilities, the cooks don’t seem to have any interest in their job.
Well I’ll be signing off now. Hope you are all well, and hope there has been an improvement in the weather. Wish you could have some of this heat – for our sakes as well as yours!
Lots of Love,