»  Letter: Saturday, June 8, 1974

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62 Friars Avenue

Mr John Derbyshire Bsc
2 Harbour Lane,
New Rochelle
N.Y 10805

June 8th

My darling Son

it is 9am, just got up — bone idle!! I've been threatening for days to write to you, so this is it. It is cold, windy & heavy rain, bits of sunshine but not hot enough to sit out, which I love. We've put the garden in trim & made room to put a few cabbage plants in they are 50p each, there's a thing, Mum growing cabbages!! The letter & snaps delightful love, I have framed the one with the 3 of you on, Dad suggests I make a picture gallery. Yes, my love, I should dearly love to see you in your Saville Row attire, you're still my beloved Johnnie whatever you wear. The blonde girl looks a smasher, any progress in that direction?!!

We are fighting fit love Dad's just gone to do some foraging. Allan & Judy have had 2 offers for the house but nothing final yet, it breaks my heart to think of it, but thankful to have had the joy of them being here. Did you get your birthday cards love & while I think of it John don't forget to send Dad a card for his 75th birthday, July 12th. he says he doesn't care, but he does really, he loves you all very much in his funny old way, always calls you "My boy" when he's talking of you to anyone.

The garden is full of blackbirds, a joy to listen to. I've had some bad luck recently, I left my specs in Adnitts & no one had handed them in. Then I put a counterpane in my spin dryer & forgot to put the top on, there was a horrid grinding noise & stop! Someone coming to see it today. My Teas-Made is very wheezy but functional & a great blessing. I go to Cornwall on June 29th, Auntie Cis will keep an eye on Dad, but you know how independent he is, I only wish he'd come with me. No great news, darling. I'm sure you read & hear all the usual carry on here. I've taken snaps of Tess & she of us, if they are any good will send to you. Take care, be happy & best of luck with your visa & job. Always in my thoughts, past present & future, & longing to see you hear your reassuring voice. Always my love & my strength,

loving you

X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X    Mother & Dad.

Tess says she is going to see Uncle John in New York she is delightful. No news of your trunk!!