»  Letter: Sunday, April 17, 1983

    E.A. Derbyshire to John Derbyshire

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Mrs J.R. Derbyshire
62, Friars Avenue
England NNP 9PX

John Derbyshire
Siping Teacher's College
Siping City
Jilin Province
People's Republic of China

Sunday  April 17th 1983

My dear son,

actually its now Wednesday. I had let Noel know how poorly Dad was, so they came for the day on Sunday. Dad had a further examination at NGH last Thursday & I saw the surgeon afterwards. He told me no cancerous growths, but pockets of infection & inflammation in his large bowel, the other troubles just senility, hardening arteries etc. His giddiness hallucinations due to "cerebral disturbances"  some days he's not too bad & then he has a "turn"  sees people, you at the door, hears voices & so on. He can no longer go to town & can't cope with money any more, but we're coping. Day time OK, but I'm scared of him falling down stairs when he gets up in the night, its usually to let you or Noel in!!  or he thinks there's someone at the door. at least he's still mobile!!

I hope by now you will have received your proxy voting card etc. I.C.T. form. Ray Langwith is here taking old tiles off the bathroom, to tile it all will be roughly £250-£300 depending on the tiles & how much replastering, but don't worry, I'll pay him & you can give me a contribution when you come home. My bank account getting low, but I hope to have some fencing across the bottom of the garden before next Autumn, Dad will not be able to cut the hedges. It was a lovely day last Saturday, Judy brought Mrs Moore over & we sat outside, but its poured with rain since. I bought a fish net for cleaning the pond out & one or two water plants, then we'll try some little fishes. The garden is quite lovely, full of daffs & other spring flowers, trees coming out, but we do need some warm sunshine. Its quite cold & drear today. The fella has just been to read the electricity metre, I paid the insurance for the house — contents etc — & Tele. We have to have the TV looked at BBC fine, but other stations blurred. Computer Staff rang had a job for you & want you to contact them when you return. No news of your book, is this a good sign.? I do hope so. All the family fine & all who know you send their love & good wishes. Will leave this open till tomorrow in case theres a letter in the morning.

Thursday  Just off for my Thursday trek! Lots of love. Roll on July.!!

As ever,

                Mother   X X