|We had such a laugh over this plaster, we
spread the poultice on brown paper as we had nothing else. It was to
stay on 20 minutes, but after 10 minutes old Crookie was feeling
hot, so Davies had a peep to see if there was a blister. Well the
paper came away without the mustard. You never saw anything like it,
all four of us in the cabin just rolled with laughing. I am sure it
cured Crookie laughing more than anything else.
I suggested scraping it off with a knife, but we managed without
the knife and of course there was no blister.
One night it was very windy and the boat was rolling from side to
side. No-one slept that night, you ought to have seen our cabin in
the morning, everything was on the floor, the chair was upside down.
Somehow I managed to cling to the sides of my bunk and didn't fall
out, but I don't know why I didn't. I thought about the hymn we
often sing "Eternal Father, strong to save" and how sorry
I felt for the sailors, but I'll feel it much more after this.
Everything is calm now and it seems like a dream.
We have had a service this morning, but didn't have one at all
last Sunday. It didn't last long but was lovely. There was a piano
on the deck, we had hymn books given out, all types and kinds of
people were there. The water was beating up the side of the ship as
we were singing. I think everyone enjoyed it. The collection was
taken by a waiter from the bar on a silver tray from which I should
imagine drinks are usually served, very appropriate don't you think?
I heard of a ship signalling to our vessel as we were dragging
behind. Read Song of Solomon last chapter, last verse. When they
looked it up it was "make haste beloved." Don't you think
that is good? I didn't believe it at first but it is quite true.
The weather is getting quite warm and have altered our watches a
few times, but I still think of you at old times.
I am getting to know most of the people on board ship, some of
whom it is difficult to avoid and some are quite nice to chat to.
One young officer lets Lacy and I look through his binoculars
occasionally - what a thrill! He is quite decent though. He was
telling me about a Bible class he used to take when he was in civvy
street. Lacy was thrilled to bits. Now she is engaged she thinks I
ought to have someone and keeps casting her eye about for someone
suitable. She says this fellow is ideal. She wasn't giving him much
of a chance, he may even be married.
Did you know I was the youngest sister in our unit and do I know
it. Quite a few of the sisters TRY to look after me, it does take
I aren't writing any more today, but will have some more to add
another day. All my love - Freda
The weather is getting much better now. Today has been like a
real summer's day in England. My face is burning already. I don't
know what I shall be like in a few days time as I know it will get
much hotter. I am pleased there is an electric fan in our room, we
shouldn't be able to breathe otherwise.
Instead of carrying gas masks with us as we do at home, we carry
our lifebelts wherever we go, to meals and on deck. We have lifeboat
drill every day. We had some excitement at the beginning of the
voyage, but am pleased to say everything is peaceful now.
What is the weather like at home? I can imagine you all wearing
your big winter coats and I am just going to pack mine away. You
will all be looking forward to Christmas now I guess, but it will be
over by the time this arrives. It is just like a holiday at present,
laying out on the decks in the sun. I suppose we shall wake up one
morning and find we are at our destination and have some real work
to do at last.
I have never had such an easy time in my life. I am being really
spoilt. I aren't doing much letter writing and my diary is
neglected. If we want a walk of course we have to go round the decks
about a dozen times. I suppose when we do arrive on dry land we
shall be walking in circles. We shan't possibly be able to walk
We have had no PT and I am putting on weight already after my sea
sickness. You're not to worry about me as I'm quite happy. I do hope
you are all well and looking after yourselves. I am commencing
another letter in a few days. My love to all and a Happy New Year.