Thursday [6 July 1950]
Your letter came and I was sorry to find that the squirrel had eaten the lemon off the lemon tree. When I get back I'll scare off the squirrels with the popgun which is more effective there than with the crows.
I shall be leaving here a week from tomorrow night and it will be a joy to be back with you for it gets lonely here though the lectures do occupy one's time. All the afternoon I spend on the sofa in the library with my back bunched up against two pillows and with one pillow under my knee and another one on the other knee to prop up my note book and two Elizabethan books. I can work in this beautiful cool weather. It suits me perfectly.
Mrs Cartwright works from 8 to 5, comes home, dozes till 7, has her slight dinner all by herself and then works for three hours at her license accounts. She is aging somewhat. Her operation which I thought was slight was more serious, a growth which had to be removed a tumor as far as I could find out. It hasn't reappeared yet after six months. She ought to give up her heavy job and live with her sister but she says she doesn't know how to part with her house. She simply deifies it. The dogs still bark on either side but not quite so persistently as last year.
I see Douglas is lecturing here in the Session. I am going to get in touch with him as soon as I can talk intelligently on ranges.
I told you Ross is here, Malcolm Ross a full professor. I haven't seen Vincent yet. I mentioned to Ross that Vincent will try to coax him up in his plane. Ross replied that he had no intention of going to heaven yet by that means. I wouldn't go up for anything and wonder why a man should take up that kind of hobby.
Keddle & Shea, the Insurance Co sent on the nominal cheques to Floss, Claire & Cal & Ag. Will you post Floss's to her and I'll send Cal his. It is formal only to relieve the Co. of further obligation. The cheques of course are genuine.
My dearest love to you Vi