Sunday 27th May 1917

There were several showers in the morning. I conducted service in the Church in the afternoon, 23 present. Collection 6/0. After Church I walked up with Willie Dunning and had tea there. Charlie Dunning who is off the “Kawau” on a holiday was also there. During the evening it poured with rain, after it was over I came home dry.

Willie, Grace & Ray went to Mrs Dunnings for tea and came home in that heavy rain.

 

Saturday 26th May 1917

There were several showers. In the morning I wrote a long letter to my son Henry, afterwards I took it down to post it and then went to Arch Dunnings where I had lunch, went down to the steamer which left here at 1pm, Roy Neeley went away by her. Afterward I called on Mr Gravatt and called in at the Church.

 

Friday 25th May 1917

It was fine in the morning. In the morning I was cutting tea tree, I went down to the P.O. to get the mail and I banked £15.10.0. There was a very heavy shower and thunderstorm in the afternoon. There was a dance in the evening as a send off for Private Roy Neeley who is home on his final leave, Willie & Grace went, I staid at home to look after Raymond.

 

Thursday 24th May 1917

It was a fine day. In the morning Willie took the sulky down to the wharf and carted up fowl feed. In the morning I cut tea tree outside the fence near the big bridge. In the afternoon I was weeding the garden.

In the evening Willie paid me the rent of the farm & interest up to the end of last year, namely £10.15.0.

 

Wednesday 23rd May 1917

It was fine in the morning but showers in the afternoon & evening. In the morning I was cutting tea tree on the road near the big bridge, and in the afternoon I was cutting weeds in the garden. Willie and Dave were carting their charcoal down to the wharf.

 

Tuesday 22nd May 1917

It was a very fine day. In the morning I was cutting tea tree on the road outside our fence near the big bridge. In the afternoon I was cutting firewood the other side of the hill. Grace went fishing down to the wharf. It was Raymond’s 2nd birthday, Dorothy & Edith Torkington & Eyleen Torkington came in the evening to bring him some birthday presents.

 

Sunday 20th May 1917

It was blowing pretty strong and there were a few showers.

Revd Macdonald celebrated communion at 8 am. I attended, there were present 5 collection 4/- There was also service at 7pm which I also attended. Collection 8/4. Mc gave us a very good sermon.

 

Saturday 19th May 1917

It was a fine day.

In the afternoon I went down to the Church to fix up the lamps for the session tomorrow night. Revd Macdonald called late in the afternoon and had tea here.

 

Friday 18th May 1917

It was a very fine day. In the morning I went down for the mail. Afterwards went to see Willie & Dave who have just lighted their charcoal pit also to see Arthur Greenwood ploughing. In the evening there was a welcome to Willie Knaggs who has returned from the war wounded, I attended, someone from nearly every house were there, the ladies provided a sumptuous supper. I played 500 on the stage, we spent a very pleasant evening.