Document 1461

Letter from Frances Gardner 07 - 20/12/89

Author(s): Frances Gardner

Copyright holder(s): Dr Sheena Gardner


[CENSORED: address]
[CENSORED: postcode]

20th Dec.

My dear Sheena,

As I write this morning, you will be sound asleep at Sheila's house - eagerly anticipating, when you waken up, having 5 stockings hanging from the mantlepiece in your room on Christmas Eve in hopeful expectation of a bumper visit from Santa!!

However, when you actually receive this letter all the fun will be over and you will be back to your sub zero conditions.

Have a Happy New Year - and I hope 1990 brings you all the success and happiness you deserve. You have been saying recently that your work load should ease off now. I hope it does, but knowing you, you will doubtless find something else to get your teeth into!

It was nice chatting to you on Sunday. However, we will need to try and make it out to see you sometime so that I can imagine you in your new surroundings. I still think of you in your previous apartment - what about a photo of your new condominium? (though at least we do know the area)

Edinburgh traffic was brought to a standstill on Thursday - 4 inches of snow fell in the early hours and it blocked up everything!! It took Christina [CENSORED: surname] 2 hours from Ratho to work, and there was a 20 mile hold up on the M8. Glasgow Rd. Quite ridiculous!!, especially as by the following day the snow had completely cleared!! I think our traffic department should visit Winnipeg. I was concerned about Kathryn driving to Glasgow but she had wisely decided to stay at home - and I think is travelling by train now most days - as you never know when the frost and snow can take you unawares at this time of year!

I had a long conversation with your German colleague from the Languages Dept. at St Andrews. I never catch her name - but she was wanting your address - "How they all miss Sheena - we were such a happy team - it was lovely to see her in the Summer etc etc". Her mother died in Germany this year which involved some visiting to and fro - and she now feels she has no "home" there. Also she was off with an operation for seven weeks in the Autumn, so she feels things are not what they used to be at all.

Well that's about it, I think. We had our Christmas Party at the Cottage Homes yesterday - now that that is over I can concentrate of getting my good and chattels ready for our Christmas visit to Essex.

All the best and much love

Mum xxx


I forgot -
Here is Molly's cousin's address.

[CENSORED: personal names]
[CENSORED: address]

Molly's sister Muriel used to work in Ayr and she was a faithfull Baby sitter when you were a baby!

You should given them a ring sometime.

Anne is Molly's cousin from Aberdeen. Uncle Bill visited Molly & Alistair when he was home and they said they had been in Winnipeg earlier in the year. You would have enjoyed meeting them. - Alistair is very much a "[CENSORED: surname]" but Molly is very nice and normal.

Alastair's father was Granny's brother Uncle Tom - married to Aunt Alice - their two boys = Graham m. Gladys; - Alastair m. Molly their son Robert now 1st Secr. in Embassy at Abu Dhabi - sent you the Arabic tapes.

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Letter from Frances Gardner 07 - 20/12/89


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Adults (18+)
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1989
Word count 556
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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