Bristol Hotel and Hotel Du Nil, Cairo February 28th 1916
I have doing things in grand style today. I am on leave in Cairo and am on the bust and so have decided not to go home tonight. Whack oh when I get back!
I have had three whopping good feeds today and my little tummy doesn't know what on earth can have happened when fish, chicken, custard and fruit come sliding down, but I guess it will soo recover from the shock. I'd shock it every day if I'd had the chance (and money). They do things in style here and at dinner we had music, flowers and five courses including fish with half a lemon. What the lemon was for I'm blessed if I know. I went for the fish.
And I have had a hot bath, just think of it, why the last cold shower I had was in Helipolos before we went to the Butcher's Picnic. Of course, I have had a couple of washes and scraps in the mean time but the whole lot wouldn't make half a cold shower. It cost me 8P.T. But it was worth it for I found a good singlet next to the skin after I had been in for an hour and a half, And in a few minutes I will be in bed, a lovely little white bed with curtains all around and in a lovely, clean room. Why my little heart palpitates every time I think of the sleep I am to have tonight. I will be dreaming of home tonight I guess and tomorrow I have got a dreary four hour train ride to Ismailia, then a three mile walk to the /Canal, then a mile to the Staging Camp where I am supposed to report tonight and then about eleven miles drear drag across the desert to my beloved home.
As my slide is a tray of lemonade, on my table is a lovely shaded electric light. Wars are not so bad after all (but dashed expensive) I feel like Alice in Wonderland or something. Now look, square dinkum Mum, wouldn't you over stay leave if you had been pigging it for nearly a year, and then all of a sudden had the chance of a feed, both and a decent bed?
Please excuse the scrawl as I have forgotten how to work a pen and I am all of a flutter thinking of my bed.
I have got plenty of films as a new shipment has come in, so please don't send any more, except when you know that we have been shifted to some front of other, but I don't think we will be doing anything so silly for a long time yet, if ever.
I have got my clarinet at last so am a bit happier.