ADDENDUM TO #3
I completely forgot to mention in letter #3 that the Christmas decorations and tree were switched on Saturday last.
The town square (Garfield Square - named after the president not the cat!) is a lovely sight at night now and the centre has a crib display and a row of choirboy models who, amusingly enough, are standing right behind one of the canons which form part of the war memorial. A message perhaps? Of course the fire department trucks were also present. Americans just love their fire trucks and not without good reason I might add.
They are larger than ours and beautifully turned out. They turn out for any public occasion and sometimes parade around the City with sirens blazing. Last summer no fewer than 25 came by the house! Of course they put out fires as well! I am still trying to find the American equivalent to “Hugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb” (The Trumpton fire crew for those not familiar) but I guess things are perhaps taken more seriously here.
Peace and love