»  Letter: Sunday, December 31, 1995

    E.A. Derbyshire to John & Lynette Derbyshire

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E. A. Derbyshire.
Lister House
105 Boughton Green Rd
Northampton  Kingthorpe
England  NN2. 7.S.U.

John and Lynette Derbyshire
15 Chestnut Street
Huntington  NY 11743

Dec 31st 1995

My darling children,

My last letter of 1995 and my first for 1996. To wish you — Good luck, good health, God bless you, and guard you, on your way, no matter where you wander, no matter where you roam  Good luck, good health, God bless you & keep you and bring you safely back home!! All good wishes for a happy and successful 1996. There's been little joy or Xmas spirit here. The house is cold & dreary though I'm warm enough. I wear layers of undies, trousers & long Johns, jumpers & various wraps, & sit by the radiator. It is very cold, we've had some sleet, but no real snow, but heavy frosts & ice so far. I haven't seen or heard anything of Judy since Xmas Day. I understood they were going to Scotland on Tuesday till Thursday then coming back & going to Shrewsbury for New Year as they always do, but the weather's been so dreadful, I don't know whether they went or not. I think they go back to school on Wednesday or Thursday. I've been watching El Cid on TV but it's a job to see who's fighting whom. There's heaving bosoms from Sophia Loren & panting painted lips, still I suppose the scenery was spectacular & the scenes quite breathless & I do like C. Heston  My writing is terrible & getting worse, the cold finds the aching joints out, Roll on Spring!! Keep warm. I hope your colds are better & Rose & the children are well. You are always in my thoughts and in my heart. Let me know if Nellie gets her birthday card, it was posted early. The next big event after Nennies BD is Tess's baby[1] due 21st but it could be any time now. Will let you know as soon as I can. I can't cope with this growing clan, I need to be a bit younger & bit more agile! but I'm glad I've lived long enough to see my son's little ones. Lots of love & Good Luck. As always

           Your devoted Mum & Granny.  X X X

X X X  Take care Rosie  you need all your energy to cope with two little ones & one big one!!



  1. Kesta, Tessa's first, born in January 1996.