Still no news from home but we hear there is now great hope

TCD MS 11290/18 folio 1 recto

TCD MS 11290/18 folio 1 recto

(3rd January 1918)
Dear Mother,
Still no news from home but we hear there is now great hope of a big mail in about two days’ time. We are still busy road making but hope to be finished within a few days now though I suppose it will be a case of another road as soon as this is finished. The weather has been on the whole decent since I last wrote which is a great blessing only one really bad day, New Year’s Day of course, the rain was terrific and we were all drenched but took no harm from it.
I have been shooting all the local partridge with a rifle, but without success so far. They are pretty wild but you get running shots at about 30 yards range. I could have had a great shot to-day at an old cock sitting on a stone not far off and showing against the sky, but I was afraid to fire as these beastly rifles carry so far and there are a good many people about. I went to have a look at a village here to-day to see what I could buy. Any amount of figs and raisins quite cheap. I bought a lot and have already eaten too many of them. I was very tempted to buy a sheepskin, but I couldn’t beat the native down to what I considered a reasonable price, so left it. It was quite the nicest village I have seen for a long time and remarkably clean, the place I bought the figs being absolutely spotless.
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