Papa had the housecraft applications home the other evening making notes on them. There are 19 of them and they seem to be engaged in all sorts of jobs, almost none teaching. I suppose there would have been twice as many applying were it not for the Minch… Stornoway, 3rd June. 1917.

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson, 3 June 1917

In her letter this week, Mrs Gibson updates Jean on the teacher applications for housecraft, a bereavement, and the well-being of a local man who is in the Labour Corps. Mrs Gibson also discloses to Jean how she has broken the rationing rules for Barrie, their elderly cat. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Dear Sheann,

We got your letter on Saturday morning and were awfully pleased to hear that you had done so very well in your Zoo. First and 96%, my word! Papa as you can imagine was, if possible, even more pleased than I was and that was a very fine compliment from Prof. Thomson. You have done us proud.

It was very nice of the Dawsons to invite you girls to tea. Mr. Muir of Melville U.F. church spoke very highly of them both.

Had a visit from Mr. C. Laxdale after church today. I asked about Bessie and he said she was very glum in her last, feeling low about some great shine (?) coming on and her not able to dance etc. He said he was going to write to her and tell her to get through her exams. and all those things would follow. Mrs. C. is not well and in bed today.

We had Blind Harry to tea on Wednesday. He is in a labour corps and is looking very hard wrought.

Alick Macaulay from Breasclete was at tea on Friday – no Thursday. He goes south again tonight.

Papa had the housecraft applications home the other evening making notes on them. There are 19 of them and they seem to be engaged in all sorts of jobs, almost none teaching. I suppose there would have been twice as many applying were it not for the Minch. Mr. Ewen H.M.I. wrote Papa about Miss Ross. It seems a beastly shame of those centres to train so many.

Mrs. Anderson (Cathie) was in seeing us this afternoon and talked on, giving us all the news about Aberdeen for a couple of hours. Mr. A. is coming back here in three weeks and I expect you will find them still here when you come home.

Papa says about the holidays that we haven’t decided yet what we will do. He at any rate is going walking with Dr. McKim in the second half of July from Oban to Loch Gilphead. At least that is how it stands, but subject to revision.

The weather here is not good, rainy and windy these last few days. Cathie says it has rained some part of every day since she came.

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Maciver have had to leave their house and could not get another so have gone to live with Mr. and Mrs. Crichton. It is hard not to be able to get a house of their own and I am afraid the children will worry poor Mrs. C. who is very far from well.

Perhaps you have heard from Maud that Mrs. J. M.’s sister in Garmouth has died. Poor Mrs. Morison has had a lot of bereavement in her family these last few years. Mr. Jenkins is still living with them.

I was out mowing the back green last night. The lawn in front is growing lush and high but we mean to let it grow quite high before having it cut this year. I see our usual few blue hyacinths are up among the grasses. The polyanthus border was very gorgeous for a few weeks but is now over. I have not been able to spare the flowers much attention. The corncrake is hard at work as I write which always suggest the science exam. to me. It is to be about the 12th June when Mr. Rennie and a Mr. Lang and Mr. Patrick are coming.

I see Lord Haldane was speaking in Aberdeen. You should not have missed that.

Barrie doesn’t hear at all now but he is fairly well. Don’t tell anyone, particularly not the food controller but I give him a new laid egg each day.

Much love to Sheann from her Pa and Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L52

Transcribed by Hazel Tocock, Museum Visitor Assistant

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