I must have told my parents that I was pregnant around this time. I know that dad was floored by the news for a while. He set such store in me getting my degree and the next few letters feel a bit flat. In addition Mike’s mother had a stroke during Easter and died ( she hadn’t been told the news!) Mike took apart an old wardrobe and made a cradle. This cradle loomed large and I began to feel excited…we could do this.
Late March 1974
My Dear Joy,
‘Fraid I haven’t much of interest to record this week-nothing newsy to bite on as we might say. Life goes on uneventful as usual and after all, if everything is OK that’s what really matters. We hope that everything is well with you too and going according to plan.
Yesterday –after early morning fog , the first day of Spring opened up at dinner time into glorious sunshine and I saw my first butterfly. It was lovely to feel the warm sun and I got to work and finished Auntie Win’s shed roof with a covering of felt. I really thought I’d get to grips with gardening this weekend but the fog reappeared and although it has cleared, the day is too dull and cold for working outdoors. Still, it’s a start and promise of better days to come. Mothering Sunday this Sunday so I’ll have to think up some tribute to mam. It seems hardly believable-‘Care Away’, ‘Palm Sunday’, Easter Day !’‘Although it’s not been a hard winter it has been long and drawn out, cold and above average wet. I’m now awaiting a dry spell so that I can get across a few barrow loads of manure from the farmyard. You score one over me there having a good stock laid in and since it is a first must you should really get some first class stuff off your ground. From your interesting sketch of your layout careful thought should bring some rewarding results. Time to get some carrots in… which I hope to do tomorrow. Also, its not too early to plant a couple of rows of peas, parsnips too if you like ‘em because of their slow growth they should be in any time now. I take it that you’ve already got lettuce coming along. This reads like a gardeners guide but its best to be off to a good start. I had hoped to get in my potatoes but one look at them and I see that they haven’t chatted yet. By the way, about potatoes. When planting don’t forget to break off all but two or three strong chits and never earth them up after they’ve come through since this disturbs the lateral roots. Also when planting don’t hole them in with a dibber but spade them in at about the depth of four inches-work your spade backwards and forwards along the line till deep enough to drop them in spaced out about 12 to 14 inches apart and you’ll get better results. If you’re having a go at cucumbers it would be best to plant them in composted pots just under an inch deep and then when sufficiently through place in a permanent bed on top of a spadeful of manure and don’t forget- plenty of water.
Well! For the present so much for gardening hints –which I’ll always be pleased to forward on at any time since I’m pleased and intrigued by yours and Michael’s combined efforts-no doubt you find it a foil from the tedium of studies.
Time’s marching on fast for you now isn’t it and together with health and strength we all wish you well.
Enjoyed entertaining with the choir at a concert at Blaby Rural Council Chambers last Sunday. It was a smashing concert hall with a bar and an appreciative audience.
That’s as far as I can go writing to our Joy for another week-with all our love and safe keeping always. Dad