Wednesday 21st November 1917

It was fine in the morning. The rain we had yesterday has done a great deal of good in softening the hard lumps, I was out in the garden before breakfast with the rake breaking the lumps and smoothing the surface, after breakfast I was out in the garden planting the Antirrhinum plants about a doy? that Annabel Knaggs gave me, also planted out some Zinnias and a Fuchsia and some Larkspurs.

Duncan Knaggs called in the afternoon so I had to come inside, and while he was here it commenced to rain again and it rained steadily. Willie & Dave went to work, but came home in the afternoon wet through.

 

Tuesday 20th November 1917

It was fine in the morning. I had a ride in the cream cart as far as the Ti Point School, I then walked to Dick Knaggs to see Annabell’s flower garden and had lunch there, it rained very heavily while I was there, when it cleared up a bit I called in at D. Knaggs to have a look at their flowers, afterwards called down at Joes, he was away at the flat so did not stay long but started for home.

 

Monday 19th November 1917

It was a very fine day. Willie & Dave were working at their Kiln. I was working in the flower garden all day. I planted in the round bed 3 Bonfire Salvia, 1 Pelargonium, 1 Red Begonia. Sowed seeds of Dwarf Tropaeolum on the outer edge of the round bed, also sowed seeds 3 clumps of Mignonette & dwarf Convolvulus near the summer house.

 

Sunday 18th November 1917

It was a very fine day. Revd Boyle held his last service in the Hall in the morning, there was a large congregation, and 16 partook of the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper. Dave went to Archie Dunnings for dinner, I came home. Willie & Grace drove to Ti Point.

Saturday 17th November 1917

It was a very hot day. Willie and Dave were working at their Kiln. My back was very much better. I was working in the flower garden all day. I finished planting all the letter plants I got from Yates, viz 6 Penstemons, 5 Chrysanthemum (Tricolour). 3 Caliposis Grandiflora, 12 Pansces, and picked out in a shallow box, 6 Canterbury Bells.

 

Friday 16th November 1917

It was a very hot day. Willie and Dave were working at this Kiln. I was working in the flower garden. I planted the following plants.

3 Delphiniums. 6 Asters. 7 Verbenas. 6 Aquilequias. 8 Salpiglossis. 1 Chrysanthemum (Tricolour).

 

Thursday 15th November 1917

It was a very fine day. My back was still very bad and I was lying down most of the day. In the evening I went down for the mail, the small flower plants I ordered from Yates’ arrived. Heard the result of the election yesterday.

Matheson 57
Witten 62

Majority for Witten 5 votes.

There was a meeting of the mutual Improvement Society in the evening, Grace, Willie & Dave went. Revd Boyle gave a Lecture on the English Language. I was sorry I was unable to go.

 

Wednesday 14th November 1917

It was a very fine day. Willie and Dave were working at their Kiln. The election of a County Councillor for this Riding took place to day. The Candidates were Alex Matheson & Bertie Witten. I was Deputy Returning Officer for Leigh so I had to be at the Hall from 9am until 6pm. The Polling here was follows.

Matheson 39
Witten 11

 

Monday 12th November 1917

It was a fine day, the ground is getting very dry, and rain is much needed. Willie and Dave commenced building their charcoal Kiln at the Koeroa. I was working in the flower garden, I finished digging the round bed, before I had finished my back became bad. After breakfast I went down to the Post Office to make a declaration before Mrs Harper as D.R.O for County election.