Document 1463

Letter from Frances Gardner 09 - 11/01/90

Author(s): Frances Gardner

Copyright holder(s): Dr Sheena Gardner


[CENSORED: address]
[CENSORED: postcode]

11th Jan.

My dear Sheena,

Many thanks for your letter - written on Christmas Day - posted in Winnipeg on 29th which we received yesterday. I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas visit to Toronto and hope the New Year celebrations in Winnipeg were as successful. I was pleased to know all the Christmas gifts were well received. - Did a jigsaw ever arrive for Will? Dad has been fighting off a cold this week so we have been tackling the jigsaw you gave him - and enjoying the challenge. As for the soup cups! My soup never tasted so good. I will need to order two more from you for next Christmas so that we can use them when we have visitors! We are all going to 'CATS' tomorrow evening [CENSORED: surname], [CENSORED: surname], K & K and Dad & I. It has been well written up in the Scotsman so should be fun. Dad and I went to the Pantomime last Saturday - just on the spur of the moment and we were fortunate to get two very good seats. A man was returning them just as we were at the Booking Office so it was lucky. (His friend was unable to go because a champagne cork had popped off on Christmas Day and hit his eye. It seems he may have lost his sight in that eye. What a horrid accident.) The Panto was slick and colourful. - I thought Uncle Bill would appreciate the book of the Clyde. As you say, all his photos of his journeys down South in September were of shipyards and Docks! It has stimulated a lot of questions in the letter I received from him this week eg when did we stay at Saddell and row the ferry boat? What was the name of the ship [?]Grandy[/?] took to Canada? etc etc. I shall have to dig deep into my computer brain to find the answers. The sooner I get my memoirs completed the better - to give me time to tackle that, and to prepare for the summer - and to do more things with dad in our twilight years I have intimated my wish to resign from the Cottage Homes Committee - but it seems difficult to find someone willing to commit themselves to the task. However, I must be firm and just go and someone will turn up. - How I shall miss it. - But one can't go on for ever.

I understand you and Uncle Bill, and hopefully Sheila will be coming in July. Its good of Sheila to give up her holidays and we understand the whole family cannot make it. Sheila may not wish to stay more than a week but I hope you will manage more. It would be nice if you could fit in a holiday somewhere as well. But I suppose you don't really want to travel any further.

Well, must go now.

Lots of love,

Mum xxx

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Letter from Frances Gardner 09 - 11/01/90


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Method of composition Handwritten
Year of composition 1990
Word count 482
General description Letter from mother in Scotland to daughter living in Canada

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Author details

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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