Letter from just before the outbreak of World War II

A letter from the packet of letters and poems etc. This makes me think what it must have been like to live in Europe when war was so near.  Sorry for lots of (?) gaps I find the writing quite hard to decipher.

31st August 1939

My dear little friends,

Well how are you?  I have thought many times and wonder how the (?) is getting on.  I do sincerely hope that it is progressing favourably.

What dreadful times we are having.  My son was due home this week but naturally all leave cancelled.  We are in the direct line of danger so must hope for the best.

Take care of yourselves and may God bless you and keep you from all harm and danger.  I don’t think you are in the danger zone are you?

(?) (?) to (?) a (?) busy, at present, very – I have had invitations to go away to friends but no I shall stay at home with my husband and doggies and hope for the best.

Now darlings all the best. (?) (?) always your (?) friend.

(?)

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A Jolly Family

This poem comes from a collection of letters, cards and written pages I found stored in a ‘Marlborough Christmas Cards’ packet.  Some of the letters are dated 1930s and an invitation is from 1902 but I can’t find an indication of when this poem was written.

A Jolly Family

A very grand old gentleman is Mr Carving Knife.

He lives in Sideboard Castle with, Lady Fork, his wife.

Their little ones are teaspoon boys as happy as can be.

Their favourite game is running round in all your cups of tea.

And ?Bash? the saltspoon small and sweet lives in the cruet cradle.

And the nurses name what do you think is Mrs Granny Ladle.

S. E. W.