Obliterated stamps; good company; a rare bird at Keyhaven; Frank makes a bookcase; the Rectors of Compton Church; the Kingstons return; a bronze medal; George Green; news from the Masonic Hospital; memories of Father; a Turner Exhibition, and a lost glove.
On August 27th 1975, letters from Marjorie and Vera, Gilbert Whitley’s sisters, arrive at The Ridge, and Marjorie’s encloses a tribute to Gilbert from the Sydney Morning Herald. “Vera told me”, Gran writes:
… that Gilbert had willed his stamp collection to her granddaughter Vicki, whom Gilbert had often mentioned in his letters. Vera would like me to send her the First Day Covers and stamps, which I used to send to Gilbert and this I shall be pleased to do.
There is more stamp-related comment a few days later:
Post brought our latest stamps of August 13th, which I posted to myself in order to have them post-marked for my collection. The envelope was posted in the box in Hursley Road and I noted that it had been franked in Southampton instead of at Eastleigh when posted here. Characteristically it had been hand-stamped instead of horribly obliterated as happens in Eastleigh. A tip for the future.