Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 21 May 1943

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Description: 
Letter to Harry Somers

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Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
letter
Date: 
21 May 1943
Place: RCAF Headquarters, London
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001542-5
Language: 
eng
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image
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Transcript: 

I can't answer with a chess move as I have not yet received the last move from you (This game will take centuries!) I am having some good chess games on the station am on now and there is a fairly decent piano, but I have very little time for either now. There are some fine fellows here too, and at off moments I manage to enjoy some good chats. It is a pity that you have to leave people just when you begin to know and like them, but that's how it is. This restless universe of ceaseless change. We are able to get fresh eggs here which I enjoy immensely. In London of course its practically unheard of. (Oh and fresh milk for our tea) The food is good, nourishing and tasty and I expect I shall be healthier while living on stations but on the whole I do very well.
My batman succeeds in losing my laundry and I am reduced to 'bare' essentials. It's quite a problem. You leave somewhere before your laundry is back and ask them to send it to where you are going to. So you leave where you went to for somewhere else before another laundry is ready and the third place finds you wondering if you will have left before either of them catch up to you. So you see I have laundry following me like the wake of a ship -- Thank goodness you don't send your uniform to the laundry.
Compensation comes in the form of nature, of which there is quite a bit of here. We are on what used to be a lovely estate and it's chock full of beautiful trees, bluebells, primroses,