Monday 18th November 1918

It was a very hot day, but the heat was tempered by the strong wind from N.  After breakfast Willie took the trap down to the wharf  and carted up a Sk of Bran & 2 bags manure.  In the afternoon he boarded & harrowed in the new garden.  I planted 3 Miniture Sunflowers and a row of Beet Root.

 

Sunday 17th November 1918

It was a very fine day.  There was no service today on account of the influenza.  After breakfast I called at Mr Whitakers to look at his roses, especially a new white one called Hillesden/Kingsdon,  afterwards went to Bowden Birdsalls where I had dinner.  Returned to Jims where I had tea,  Jim gave me some Red Beet plants & Miss Bond gave me 3 Miniture Sunflowers.  I walked home in the cool of the evening.

 

Saturday 16th November 1918

It was a very hot day.  Willie went fishing after breakfast.  Grace & Raymond returned from Ti Point just as I was going to sit down for dinner.

I was preparing a row to plant some cabbages in, and I planted 17 Drumhead Cabbages late in the afternoon.  After tea I walked over to the Claim, I took a bunch of Roses and some small plants to Miss Bond and a bunch of Roses to Jane.

 

Friday 15th November 1918

It was a very fine day. Willie was digging round the Lemons in the farm orchard.

In the morning I sowed seeds on boxes of the following, Asters, Zinnias, Red Sunflowers, Magenta, Pink & White Cosmos. Also planted out 6 Zinnia plants.

In the afternoon I beat down a row preparing it to plant a row of Cabbages.

Willie finished digging in the farm orchard.
Grace and Raymond walked over to Ti Point and staid the night.

 

Thursday 14th November 1918

It was a very fine day.  In the morning I pricked out in boxes, 35 seedling plants of Phlox,  15 Socks  & 23 Dahlias.

I went down to the beach in the afternoon and carried 3 bags of sand across to the wharf,  Willie carted his butter & eggs down to the wharf and he brought my bags of sand home.

On account of the influenza epidemic, the meeting of the Mutual Improvement Society this evening and the Bible Class Picnic tomorrow have been postponed.

 

Wednesday 13th November 1918

It was a fine day, but the wind is NE and it looks a little like rain.  A little rain would do good as the ground is getting very dry & hard on the surface.

In the morning I sowed a row of Peerless Peas.  In the afternoon I planted out several young Larkspur plants and Stock Plants.
Willie was digging round the Lemons in farm orchard.

The “Kawau” did not come today but we heard she was leaving Auckland for here tomorrow morning at 7 am.

 

Tuesday 12th November 1918

It was a very fine day.

Soon after breakfast we heard the Church bell ring so we hurried down to the village and found Wm Harper ringing the bell on account of receiving news this morning that Peace had been declared between Germany and the Allies.  So we gave a cheer for King George and the British Empire, as to day had been declared a public holiday, we returned home and then all of us drove down to the Goat Island beach for a little picnic,  Alic Matheson was shearing his sheep and I had tea with the shearers.

I went down to A. Dunnings in the evening, Willie D was there and we played Five Hundred.

 

Monday 11th November 1918

It was a very fine day.  Mrs Simpson returned to Ti Point in the morning.  I broke down the ground near the sweet peas, to prepare it for planting something.

In the afternoon I planted the remainder of the stocks, also pricked out into a box some young seedling Antirrhinums, Calliopsis & Stocks. Went down to Charley Wyatts in the evening to see the Valuation of the Omaha Riding.

 

Saturday 9th November 1918

Henry’s 45th birthday.   It was a fine day, wind nearly S.

After breakfast I took flowers down to the Church and arranged them in the vases, then went down to the beach and carried it to the wharf, called on Mrs Gravatt, and went to Arthur Greenwoods to get the key to the Library to change my books.
Willie took his 6 small cases of Lemons down to the wharf and brought up my sand.

The “Kawau” was expected to leave Auckland for here and Mangawai at noon today, but a wire arrived saying that the crew were laid up with influenza which is very prevalent in Auckland and she would not be coming until next Wednesday.

Willie and Grace drove over to Ti Point in the afternoon.  I staid at home and dug up the remainder of the ground the upper side of the house. from the last planted Cabbages to the row of Sweet Peas.

There was a rumor  that the Germans had surrendered, but it proved to be untrue.