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I have now got my “grosseries” unpacked and stored away. I am greatly fortunate in having got ½ cwt. [hundredweight*] sugar. I can’t think how Uncle J. managed it… Stornoway, 14th October. 1917

This week, Mrs Gibson writes to Jean regarding the latest plumbing incident, the few visitors she has seen this week, and there is also an interesting mention of her rather large sugar ration. The next in our series of letters … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I have now got my “grosseries” unpacked and stored away. I am greatly fortunate in having got ½ cwt. [hundredweight*] sugar. I can’t think how Uncle J. managed it… Stornoway, 14th October. 1917

To-night I had my drill. The weather keeps wet and cold. Roderick M. Fraser was in to-day seeing me. He is home on a month’s “compassionate leave.” I think this is the thing otherwise know as “harvest leave.” Whatever it is, or why, it is a good thing. He is looking very well and fit… Stornoway, 11th October. 1917

In his letter to Jean this week, Mr Gibson reports on the school fires being lit for the winter, as well as an interesting reference to a local man who Mr Gibson refers to as being on “harvest leave”. Mrs … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on To-night I had my drill. The weather keeps wet and cold. Roderick M. Fraser was in to-day seeing me. He is home on a month’s “compassionate leave.” I think this is the thing otherwise know as “harvest leave.” Whatever it is, or why, it is a good thing. He is looking very well and fit… Stornoway, 11th October. 1917

Mrs.Cooper and Miss Gammack called here on Friday afternoon. Mrs.C is really quite an interesting lady. It is wonderful what travel etc do for one in the way of education. It is difficult to think that she is the ex provost’s sister. Miss Gammack seems a nice plain straight forward girl… Stornoway, 1st July. 1917

Mrs Gibson writes Jean a short letter this week, providing her with luggage travel instructions for their summer holiday in Greenock, as well as a brief run down on who she has seen this week and a nice mention of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mrs.Cooper and Miss Gammack called here on Friday afternoon. Mrs.C is really quite an interesting lady. It is wonderful what travel etc do for one in the way of education. It is difficult to think that she is the ex provost’s sister. Miss Gammack seems a nice plain straight forward girl… Stornoway, 1st July. 1917

Mamma was baking loaves to-day. The bakers bread has been so sour, that she felt it wd. be good for us to have a change. She was also busy cutting up rhubarb for preserving. She has actually got a stone of sugar for the purpose – how’s that for richness? We got word to-day that our peats for next winter have been cut; Mr. Matheson of Benadrove – Isabella’s father – is very kindly making the arrangements for us… Stornoway, 28th June. 1917

In Mr Gibson’s letter this week, he is busy making travel plans for when Jean finishes her studies for the summer, as well as reporting on the various meetings and social visits he and Mrs Gibson have had this week. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mamma was baking loaves to-day. The bakers bread has been so sour, that she felt it wd. be good for us to have a change. She was also busy cutting up rhubarb for preserving. She has actually got a stone of sugar for the purpose – how’s that for richness? We got word to-day that our peats for next winter have been cut; Mr. Matheson of Benadrove – Isabella’s father – is very kindly making the arrangements for us… Stornoway, 28th June. 1917

Mrs. Menzies and Miss Dean came home to tea with me. On Thursday I was at afternoon tea with Miss Angus. On Friday Alick Thomson and John Allan Maciver (an engineer in the British India line married to a sister of Murdo Morison H.M.I.) came in before Papa got home to tea and stayed with us for the meal and an hour or two’s talk… Stornoway, 24th June. 1917

It has been a busy week for Mrs Gibson as she fills in Jean with all the latest news on numerous social visits and meetings she has had, as well as more tragic news from the war effort. The next … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mrs. Menzies and Miss Dean came home to tea with me. On Thursday I was at afternoon tea with Miss Angus. On Friday Alick Thomson and John Allan Maciver (an engineer in the British India line married to a sister of Murdo Morison H.M.I.) came in before Papa got home to tea and stayed with us for the meal and an hour or two’s talk… Stornoway, 24th June. 1917