The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake January 1917
Read by Nicholas Blatchley
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My dear Mammy
We have quite a change in the weather since last night. There has been rain & it is quite warm. What wind there is is S. so it looks as if the change is complete. The roads have been in a very bad state as the snow half melted once & then the frost returned, so they have been almost too slippery to stand up upon.
You seem to be having troubles over food & the regulations are not working very smoothly. All from this country now are to be armed with sugar tickets when going home, so I shall bring one along when I come. Suppose I will have to go & pay a visit to Henry Hicks to negotiate it.
Am hoping that the weather will be soft when I get leave so that cultivation can be carried on. If there is plenty of manure in readiness I can start off on preparing the potato patches. You will want every bit of ground possible put under cultivation for the potato crops…
…We have not moved, which I am glad of, because we have done a good bit of work here & are much better off than we should be somewhere behind. As the unit is collected together, which doesn’t often happen, we are getting in as much training as possible. Best love & hoping you are quite fit.
Your affect[ionat]e son
My dear Mammy
The Plum pudding arrived safely the day before yesterday & was a great success & much appreciated in the mess. Thanks very much for it.
Have just got your letter dated 12th. Thanks much. I did get some cigarettes from the Parson & wrote to him…