Vietnam Letters #35

Postmark 21st March, 1970

James St
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628

(Thurs) 19-3-70

My Dearest Jock,

This will only be a short note as I am feeling a bit sick and am anxious to get to bed. I am feeling sick in the stomach and I took some Enos but it hasn’t done one any good. I hope I’m not in for anything. I have an appointment with Dr. Shedden at 3:45 tomorrow at Jindabyne.

It has been raining here all afternoon and is still raining now (10P.M.) I left the car out all afternoon to let the rain give it a wash. That’s the lazy way of doing it isn’t it? I cleaned the inside of it out before I left Canberra, but as yet I haven’t got around to doing the outside. But it isn’t too bad though.

I made Brian’s hat today for the Hat Parade on Saturday. I just stuck a picture of Jack and Jill on one of their little plastic sand buckets and he can wear it on his head. He should feel quite at home in it as he wears it on his head most of the time anyway.

Well Darling, I will close for now hoping this finds you well and with as much love in your heart for me as I have for you,

Your ever loving wife,

Sandra.

xxxxxx

Postmark 23rd March, 1970

James St
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628
(Sat) 21-3-70

My Dearest Jock,

Was so pleased to receive two letters from you yesterday and another one to-day. We went to the Easter Bonnet Parade this afternoon and Brian won 3rd prize in the Nursery Rhyme section, his prize was 40c which he put in his money box. He wore a little bucket on his head with a picture of Jack and Jill on it. Michael wore an old red hat of your Mother’s with a turkey’s feather on the side, as Robin Hood, and John’s hat had their plastic tools that we gave them for Xmas stitched on it, he was supposed to be a carpenter, but neither he nor Mike got a prize. I didn’t really expect any of them to get a prize and was very surprised when Brian got one. Veronica was up here playing this morning and she said that she wasn’t going and so I made her a hat. I stuck some plastic flowers all over that little foam rubber hat that I have sitting on our bed and tied a ribbon onto it. She didn’t win a prize with it, but Barbara made a hat for Richard but he wouldn’t leave it on, so Veronica wore it for him and won second prize with it. It was a little cardboard hat with an easter egg and two little chocolate easter bunnys and a rabbit that Barbara made out of wool on it.

George has just come up with the lawnmower and is going to mow the grass for me. The grass isn’t very long but the Mustard weed is growing madly everywhere and it needs cutting before it goes to seed. I have been trying to pull a lot of it out every chance that I get. I have been concentrating mostly on the front lawn. It is very hard to pull out but I mostly water it well first to soften the ground. George sounds as though he is having trouble getting the lawnmower going. Gee the fruit trees have grown since I’ve been away they are quite tall now to what they were before. But the pine tree that the sheep ate all the leaves off looks as though it is going to die, I have been watering it well, but I don’t know whether it will live or not.

Well I’ll finish up for now Darling as I must get tea ready, but will write some more later. xxx. I love you.

Yesterday I was just ready to leave to go to Jindabyne to the Dr. when Barbara called and she offered to stay with the boys while I went, which I was very pleased about as I had been up to your mother’s in the morning to see if she would mind them for me, but she wasn’t home, apparently she was down at Bert’s cleaning up all day, I don’t know why she does it as he never thanks her for it, apparently he has gone to Sydney to the show. But anyway I went to the Dr. and had the Smere done (Cancer test) and also the flu injection and am to have another one in three weeks time, and the results of the Smere should be back in about a month. I also asked him about when I should start taking the pill before you come home on R&R and he said to start on the pill now and he gave me a leaflet with instrucions of how to stop my periods if they happen to come just when you are home.

George was unable to get the mower going this evening so he will have another try tomorrow. I paid Sheddon’s bill yesterday too, which was $30.30, I have been receiving bills with footnotes on the bottom of them from him lately. I received a bill from the pathologist in Canberra yesterday and it cost $13.40 just to have the specimen taken from my bladder and they said that a deduction of $1.35 would be allowed if payment is made within 14 days, but I doubt if I’ll be able to pay it that soon as I have a car payment next pay and also 2 lots of rent as I didn’t pay any rent last time so that I could pay Sheddon’s bill. Maybe it would be best if you could send me a few dollars please dear as I also have to pay Dr. Harris’ bill and the registration on the car will probably be coming soon, also the rates may come anytime now. The car will be finished within July and after that I should be able to save a bit.

Well my Darling I must close now and get ready for bed as it is 7.30 Mass tomorrow and I will have to get up a bit earlier than usual. So bye for now my love, and please remember that you have all my love forever my Dearest, and there could never be anyone else for me,

Your everloving wife and lover,

Sandra. xxxx.

Postmark 23rd March, 1970

James St
Berridale
N.S.W. 2628
(Sun) 22-3-70

My Darling Jock,

I guess by the time you get this you will be in Vung Jau, having a nice rest and probably a good feed too. You aren’t the only one that has lost weight. Since I was sick I am only 8 stone 1lb now, I think that was the only good thing about being sick, I hope that I don’t put any weight back on now. I am still not 100% yet as I get very tired easily.

We made it to 7:30 Mass this morrning, although it was quite an effort as you know how hard it is for me to get out of bed in the mornings.

My hair pencil seems to be working although it takes a lot of time and patience and no one else could tell any difference yet as I have only been doing around my chin and between my eyebrows and it is a very slow process as a lot of the hairs grow back as you cannot always get the needle exactly on the root. But when they grow back they usually are much thinner than before.

No, I haven’t had my hair cut yet Dear, and don’t intend to either as I know that you like it long.

On the Colgate and Ultra Brite toothpaste now they have a free offer of a colour film worth $1.80, all you have to do is send 25c for the postage and fill in the form on the packet, and they send you the colour film. I have got three packets so will send for 3 free films (this doesn’t cover the developing though) so when I get the films I will get some photos taken of the boys and myself and send them to you.

Oh! Darling I love you and think that you are the most wonderful and handsome man that could ever be, I could never stop loving you as my love is like a very large tree and the only way to get rid of a big tree is to chop it down or burn it, in other words to kill it. Well that is how my love for you is, it will go on growing inside me for you until the day I die, and longer if it is possible.

Darling I know you are very jellious and sometimes it makes me very cranky but really if you weren’t just a bit jellious I wouldn’t like it either as it shows how much you love me. I am jelious too in my own way all though I may not show it, for I love you very much and want you all to myself.

George has just come up to mow the lawn, he borrowed your father’s lawn mower.

Well, I must finish up for now Dear as it is time for dinner,

Loving you forever,

Sandra. xxxxxxxx

P.S. It is palm Sunday today and have enclosed a piece of Blessed Palm (or rather Pine tree) for you, I think your Mother is sending you a piece too, so you will have two.

I love you,

Sandra. xxxx.

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