Document 1455

Letter from Frances Gardner 01 - 09/08/89

Author(s): Frances Gardner

Copyright holder(s): Dr Sheena Gardner


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Wed. 9th August.

My dear Sheena,

It was lovely to have an excuse for a chat on the Telephone on Saturday - and then we got your letter on Monday so now feel we are well up to date with the news. I hope the house / flat hunting is going well. There would probably be more of a community feeling around the Osborne Village area and a house or condominium apartment would suit you. I expect the apartments would be less anonymous and impersonal than the huge rented block you are in and you would probably find congenial neighbours. However, we will hear further from you. Are you alright money wise?

I hope the new office is now in order and that you are settling in to your new committments. Perhaps they are not quite so new just "official" now - you've probably been doing most of the work already. I was surprised to read that it was "Annabelle's last day" - has she left, or just gone off on holiday, or just moved to another department? You will miss working with her but hopefully your new colleague Beryl will prove as friendly and compatible!

Dad and I go to visit John & Barbara next Thursday, 17th Aug, for two weeks. Dad is really looking forward to it now and making all sorts of plans for taking Alex out in a rowing boat (!) and looking for crabs in the rock pools, etc. I just hope we will both be able to stand up to the heat.

I hope you enjoyed 'Cats'. Was it a proffessional touring company eg. the same company who performed in Toronto? or was it just a co-incidence that it was on in both cities? Also the Folk Festival should be fun. Did you wear your kilt? Too hot perhaps. Though I remember someone trying to insist that the woollen kilts worn by the Scottish soldiers in the desert kept out the heat!! Wishful thinking I imagine.

Well, no more now.

Lots of love

Mum xxx

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Letter from Frances Gardner 01 - 09/08/89


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Adults (18+)
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1989
Word count 339
General description Letter from mother in Scotland to daughter living in Canada

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Author id 1059
Forenames Frances
Surname Gardner
Gender Female
Decade of birth 1920
Educational attainment College
Age left school 18
Occupation Retired Social Worker
Place of birth Bridge of Weir
Region of birth Renfrew
Birthplace CSD dialect area Renfr
Country of birth Scotland
Place of residence Edinburgh
Region of residence Edinburgh
Residence CSD dialect area Edb
Country of residence Scotland
Father's occupation Corn Factor
Father's place of birth Montreal
Father's region of birth Quebec
Father's country of birth Canada
Mother's occupation Housewife
Mother's place of birth Edinburgh
Mother's region of birth Edinburgh
Mother's birthplace CSD dialect area Edb
Mother's country of birth Scotland


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