Outside a dirty unattractive French farmhouse

TCD MS 10247/1/829 folio 1 recto

TCD MS 10247/1/829 folio 1 recto

27 March 1917

Dear Mother

Just an inbetween letter to tell you what I’m at – I have been sent on another course! signalling so here I am – I was rather disgusted at leaving the battery – but the course promises to be extremely interesting and means a nice little rest and change and really now I’m here I feel quite contented though I shall be very glad to get back to the battery again.

Here I have splendid billet – outside a dirty smelly and unattractive French farmhouse in a typically dirty French village <with the inevitable manure heap outside the door.> Inside a room – spottless – huge, bed with canopy over and several feet of spring to sink into – spotless sheets & eiderdown – sumptuous furniture all simply shining with cleanliness and comfort – and a very fat & benevolent Madame – really from past experience I wouldn’t have believed such a thing possible in France! We Mess in another house about 7 or 8 of us – a very happy family – there are I suppose 15 or 16 Officers on the course who are divided into two Messes.

The course lasts I believe about a month, we arent overworked,