February 7, 1952
I’m writing this in a hurry. We are rained in and that accounts for the fact that I haven’t written any letters in ages, as it seems. Rivers have flooded and the roads are in terrible condition. I’m sorry I ever told you that this road is an all-weather one, as you see it isn’t when there is a real rainy season which we certainly are having this year. Rain every day nearly. I haven’t gotten any letters from you either for so long. How nice it will be to get post again. Tell Gladys, Lois, and Kathryn and Jill that I’ve received their Christmas boxes in the last post that we got. Let them know and I’ll write them when I can get post out. I haven’t gotten the rest yet. A native police boy is here from Mt. Darwin – on bicycle – and he will take this to Darwin and there might be a chance of it going on from there, but perhaps not very soon.
I just now heard that the king died yesterday; as yet I’ve heard no details. My radio is off now. I guess a battery is dead. I surely miss it. So now we have a queen. I was very shocked at the news as I thought that he was getting along very well.
I’m wondering what all the news is from you people. How good it will be to hear. I am very very busy with school, etc., just now and have oodles to do, but hearing about this chance of at least getting a letter on its way (how far on its way is hard to say) I thought I’d better scribble it off to you. I’m wondering if you are having lots of snow or what.
This year surpasses any year that I’ve seen in Rhodesia for rain. I guess it has been many years since anyone has seen such a rainy season. Well, this will have to be all for now. I trust that this finds you all well as it leaves me. As soon as we can get post in and out I’ll write to you and the rest. This should bring Rhodesia’s water level up. It surely has done so here on this station.
Love to all,