Document 1462

Letter from Frances Gardner 08 - 31/12/89

Author(s): Frances Gardner

Copyright holder(s): Dr Sheena Gardner


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31st Dec.

My dear Sheena,

A Happy New Year! I hope 1990 is filled with much joy and happiness for you. It must be exactly two years now since you took up your appointment in Winnipeg. Very busy years I know, but also very fulfilling and rewarding for you.

I hope you have had a good trip to Toronto and a happy Christmas - we will no doubt be in touch on the Telephone to-night - Hogmanay.

Our travel arrangements all went without a hitch - Kathryn & Kevin shared the driving to Grays Essex, where we were well entertained and met some of the friends who will be coming North for the wedding in July. Dad and I moved on to Chippenham by train on Wednesday morning as planned. Unfortunately Barbara had been threatened with a miscarriage over Christmas. When we arrived she had a temp of 103° and was poised ready for admission to hospital in Bath so we spent the afternoon in the outpatients department! There was a lovely Wendy House & play area so we entertained Alex there!! We left Barbara in hospital rushed back to Chippenham for a meal - visited Barbara again in the evening on our way to catch the overnight train to Edinburgh from Bristol. Barbara has sadly lost the baby - was discharged from hospital yesterday and is now fine. They are not too upset - better to wait now until they have job & house etc.

I think we will be having a quiet New Year - just Dad & I.

Many thanks for the lovely soup cups - they really make my broth taste very special. Dad was pleased with his jigsaw - haven't started it yet. I'm just going off to Church now. Hope to catch a post - things always close down for a few days at this time of year.

Much dear love,

Mum xxx

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Letter from Frances Gardner 08 - 31/12/89


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Adults (18+)
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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1989
Word count 309
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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