i'm so distressed about the truss——i hope itis comfortable＆does not worry you.did you strain yourself or stretch unduly， and will you nowbe able to do your exercises which are so potent a preventative of indigestion？ please take great careof yourself.
i have big news.mary is home from germany for good＆has applied for a position in london ornearby. it's very good of her because she was having a thrilling time in germany. she asked tobe sent home so that she could be near us. andthey granted her request.she rang me up from tilbury，＆said‘i'm home for good’。 i think shemay be demobilized in february——i feel warmed＆ comforted by her presence.
i'm so happy to see from your letter that youare enjoying the beauty of the lakes＆ the comfort＆elegance of the villa. ihave had a most amusingletter from sarah describing her apricot coloured＆mirrored bathroom.
work is progressing rather slowly， but i hope surely， on the chartwell＆london fronts——whitbread is industrious＆thorough＆ smiling.max's hens are beautiful＆have laid a few（a veryfew） eggs， of exquisite flavour but of diminutive size——about the size of a pigeon's egg.so we have to give two instead of one， to those who areregistered with us.but moppett says，they will get bigger＆more numerous presently.
no german prisoners yet till after the harvest .it will be lovely when the lake camouflage is gone＆also the barbed wire.