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I am still in the sick bay and shall be glad when I am out. We have spring beds here and a fire when we can light the dam thing. Our meals are brought round from the cookhouse, they are always cold and it is terrible muck to eat. The M.I. asked if I was enjoying my self here, gosh did I lose my temper, I let him know my opinion of the place. It was very silly on my part because I guess there will be some trouble for me. It does not pay to lose one's temper in the army they always can make you sorry for doing such a thing. I have only received one letter since I have been in the Hospital. They keep them back for about a week here. Well darling I hope you are keeping well and that Ealing is not being knocked about too much. Are the air raids as bad now in Ealing as when I was there, I hope they are not. About that ring darling, I cannot remember whether you were keen on it or not although I suppose you must have liked it otherwise you would not have chosen it. Send me a drawing of it so I can have some idea what it looks like. The weather here is very miserable it has been raining for days. I feel sorry for the poor chaps who are drilling etc. It is simply awful doing that sort of thing in the rain. I had enough of it when we had two hours rifle drill in the rain, the rifles were slipping about all over the place and the sarge's pretty voice did not improve matters a great life this army life, of course that is providing one likes it but there's the other side to it one has some fun when not on parade, those stories I can not relate, because it is risky, one never knows whose hands this letter may fall into, so I shall have leave it at that.
Please keep all the letters I have written to you they may be of some interest later.