The Grand Oriental Hotel
Nov 27th 1900
We came down from N. Eliya the other day, really sorry to leave although we ought not to whine as we have been there a month all however three days, at least, I have. George, obviously, missed 4 days when he decreased to Marawila.
Obviously we would much rather live in Colombo than Veyangoda which is a beastly dull hole, its only advantage over Horekelly being that it is on a train and only an hours journey from Colombo but of course unless the mean skunks raise Georges income we shouldnt care to live here. Of course he has a raise every year however it is only abut R. 40 a month which would not indicate much in Colombo. George will have a bargain more to do now however he is not to get more in effect. Oh, dear, no. That is their artfulness. He is to do the work of two males on the salary of one. You see, they had a bad year last year and are on the affordable tack. Nevertheless they have actually got to pay both Mr Waldock and Mr Harbor six months income in lieu of notification so possibly when they have actually worked that off we might take a look in. One thing, it is rather a good idea to live at Veyangoda which is it does not matter much how we dress, while obviously in Colombo we need to both have to get a great deal of new things. I am not most likely to have more than about 2 people to get in touch with and if I desire to enter into Colombo for anything, my muslins are constantly with me. I have actually used the velvety one a couple of times however have never used my bridal gown.
Of course George and I expect a present in between us, at least you have actually given George one currently, so inform Mother not to be so silly. I dont understand what she thinks we anticipate, but I am rather sure it wont be anything like what we shall get, however all the exact same I shall be really cross if you have actually invested a lot in between you. I am extremely thankful you iced it, even if it does get smashed, it wouldnt seem at all Christmassy if you hadnt.
Is Dorry going or not? Fancy Mrs D. sending us a cake. I hope your cold soon went; it is early to start one in October.
I do intend to hear an excellent account of Mother next week. , if only you can get hold of a good servant quickly.. What a trial they are!
We were not entirely done the other day, as when Mrs Bois got my note saying we couldnt dine with them, she composed once again asking us to go to tea instead. She sent out the Victoria to fulfill us and after tea took me for a jolly drive in a canine cart. George stayed with Stanley and went to the Club with him.
I am so sorry to hear of her being so ill and do hope she is quite well by now. Did she get it? Good little Joyce *.
I am cross, cross. The other day George saw Mr Maldook and he asked us to go to supper with them this evening where at I rejoiced at a lot dissipation. Today I had a note from Mrs Stanley Bois asking us to go to supper this night and on to an efficiency of San Joy at the general public Hall, whereat I cussed. It is regrettable after such an age of dullness to get 2 invites in the same night and I desire to see the Bois so much although at the same time I wish to see the Waldocks too as I think Mrs is really great. When we called in the past she was upcountry, I appear doomed never ever to see Mrs Stanley Bois as. Now to make me even crosser we have just had an invitation to a dance given by the Hockey and Football Club, obviously George utilized to belong to it when he lived in Veyangoda. It is on Dec 14th and I dont see how we can potentially come down for it, as in the very first location we cant afford it and I dont anticipate George could escape again so soon. If just we understood someone who could put us up, it would be all right.
I am sorry to hear that Alice is going. Nasty little beast to notify right before the winter. I do hope you will get another all ideal and at any rate be able to make her stay on through December, but it is terrible to think about you once again investing your vacations slaving over house-work.
George thanks you quite for the instalment of Hockeys. He was really thankful to get them.
It is rumbling something excellent. I should leave off as I am too near the window to be enjoyable. Naturally George is out. I wish he would get back soon. It is nearly 5 and I want my tea.
George heard from Mr Martin that the decision has actually not been given out at Marawila. It is to be done on the 3rd so George will be there all. Mr Harbor leaves Veyangoda on the 12th and as we hear that the house will desire a lot of doing up and whitewashing, it would barely be ready for us prior to the end of the month.
They have 2 kids, one 2 and a half and the other eighteen months, such jolly little chaps, she took me to see them in bed, in very spread eagle attitudes, the baby with his little nightgown well up under his armpits. We did not get back from the Waldocks till previous eleven and we just could not do our packing and be up once again by 6 this morning so we are going by the afternoon boat to Negombo and then on by the coach on Friday. It is a picky, flat-bottomed cleaner, and of course cant go really quickly in the canal, but it will be a modification from that beastly coach.
A year on Friday considering that I left England. It seems longer than that, do not you believe? In some cases it seems ages and ages because I saw you all, and yet the fact of not having had any winter season makes it seem wrong somehow.
Much love and kisses to everyone
* I remember meeting Joyce and her sibling, Nancy, in a nursing home in Worthing in the 1970s. Cant quite work out their relationship to me. I think they must have been Mabs nieces so I suppose that makes them my very first cousins two times eliminated?
It is on Dec 14th and I dont see how we can potentially come down for it, as in the very first location we cant afford it and I do not expect George could get away again so quickly. George will have a great offer more to do now but he is not to get more in repercussion. Of course George and I anticipate a present between us, at least you have provided George one currently, so tell Mother not to be so foolish. We were not completely done yesterday, as when Mrs Bois got my note saying we could not dine with them, she composed again asking us to go to tea instead. We did not get back from the Waldocks till previous eleven and we simply couldnt do our packaging and be up again by 6 this morning so we are going by the afternoon boat to Negombo and then on by the coach on Friday.
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