If you haven’t been over to my mother’s blog “Margot at Oxford” either recently or ever, you really should take a few minutes to do so.
Over the course of the next three years Mum is publishing the letter sent home from Oxford University by her Great Aunt. They give a fascinating insight into life at college during the First World War.
Here’s a sample from the latest entry dated 25th February 1918:
Ever so many thanks for your letter and the parcel, and also for the photo. I was very thankful for the jam, as I have just finished both my jam and my marmalade, also my cocoa. Could I please have some more of the latter? Also will you please send me one of those ends of red wool off my jersey, as another seam has split, this time under the arm – also a pocket. The jam pasties are delicious, and also the buns, which unfortunately got rather shattered, but the fragments were just as nice. The cake I have not touched yet, but it will be a real godsend, as I shall be entertaining quite a lot this week. I want to give a first year cocoa this week as well as make up a few polite ones.
I am afraid I cannot go to the end of term without more money. I have just 5/- left, and have not yet paid for my Bach Choir music. Would you please ask Daddie, if he has a moment to spare on Sunday, to write to me and tell me what the Labour Party2 has been up to? Ethel writes me a letter full of it, and I have missed it altogether.