[?] ls recently arrived [?] 30 and 31. The two [?] in perfect shape. The biscuits when opened were crisp and fresh as when baked but after four hours in this climate they had lost every bit of crispness. The canned food has come at a very opportune time for it will augment our flying rations. I had a bit of trouble with ants attacking the candy despite the fact that as soon as I opened the parcel I made a shelf which I suspended by string from an iron-framed window. It took them three days to find the way and now I have moved the shelf to a similar window on the other side of the room. They are baffled to date, after three days.
We have been very busy lately getting clearances and packing. We are going to load tomorrow. I have got two hundred pounds of kit but fortunately only two others are higher and some have less than eighty.
One of friends managed to get down to Lagos and bought loads of ebony stuff. Out of it I got some king [?] ebony bookends and a pair of small ugly statues. Also bought a cig case engraved with the squadron crest and my aircraft. Our Eyetie collaborators here make them from bits of aircraft and they are a very good job. I have got a bottle of rye also, which I am going to save until back in England.
Have air tested my kite a couple of times and we are all very pleased with it.
We may get one more chance to go out to the beach, one last chance to get a good sun bathe.
With love from
[Note: Transcription provided by collection donor.]