»  Letter: Sunday, September 6, 1992

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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Lister House

Sunday  6.9.92

My dear son & daughter,

So glad you had a nice week together. Are you still eating clams, do be careful; shell fish can be very nasty if they're not fresh, but I'm sure you know that. Lovely to hear Rosie & to know she's heard from her family. I'm sending this snap, it's "Vi" in the chair, nutty as a fruit cake, but a nice old dear, her son is a […] vicar's a real […] pompous little man, lives at Southwold & visits her once a month, sends her the church magazine & a card occasionally, otherwise doesn't seem to care very much. The other lady is "Phyllis" quite a character, nosey & funny, excitable & somewhat dippy but she's amusing & kind. What can I say about the "other" old dear!! I think you know her, enough said!

It's very cold here & the radiators not working, so I have a wrap round my neck & a rug roud my legs. Peggy's away so no-one knows what to do about the radiators!

Tess said she'd call in, but its midday, so I doubt if she will, she's going to Holland[1] with Phil later today, & starts college in a week or so. it was nice to see Noel, he looks very fit & well, but typical Dad in his outlook. sheer disregard for authority, or anyone else's opinions. However, I'm very fond of him. he bought me some flowers & went on to see Judith. It's dinner time now so I'll leave this open in case there's anything exciting to add!

Monday  Tess came & spent an hour or so with me. We made a cuppa then she went off with Phil to Holland  She starts college next week & she's keeping her two "nanny" families on for baby sitting to help her finances. She'll get by!!

Well, the radiator man has been but the heat doesn't come on till 4 pm to 10 pm, then from 7 am to 10 am, so I'm still cold. Well, I can always go to bed under my electric blanket.

Lots of love to both —

Mum   X X X X X X



  1. Frequent trips to Holland were part of Phil's job at the time.