Hi all, apologies for the very long hiatus since the last letter - I've been working on another project which is consuming a great deal of my time, and have been unwell and on holiday, and in short haven't had the time! I had planned to put the blog completely on hold - but I've … Continue reading Apologies for the long break!
This continues the letter dated 3rd July 1965, which began: Dear family, Monday 5th July This weekend has been a national holiday and today is a day off for everyone, although yesterday was the actual Independence Day. Every house was bedecked in flags, and all the streets were lined with them too. There were parades … Continue reading 5 July 65 : Independence day, Brit delights, education systems : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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