Thursday 18th February 1915

It was a very fine day. The wind has gone round to the SW. Being very tired we did not get up very early. After breakfast Willie drove Jane & children home and he brought home a bag of sand for me. After lunch we went down to the Hall to clear up. I went down to the village in the evening to get the mail and attend the Library. It was a very dark night & a shower of rain.

Wednesday 17th February 1915

The morning broke dark and lowering and a misty rain set in and it had every indication of a wet day but it cleared up but it was a dull day. The threatening weather would no doubt keep many away from the show.
Willie took three Jersey heifers to the show and got a prize for each of them. I put in a collection of flowers and got 1st Prize.
Willie got 1st prize for Collection of Fruit also a prize for everything they put in. The exhibits in the Hall were equal in quality to other years, the fruit being exceptionally good, the vegetables were not so numerous but of good quality.
The “Kawau” arrived from Auckland with excursionists about noon, among them being Mr Mander M.P. and Mr Woods who has the contract for the new Anglican Church which is to be built at Leigh. I renewed my acquaintance with him and we had a long talk with him about old times at S. Thomas’ Church Auckland. I had lunch at Mr Archie Dunnings and we came home for tea, and went down to the Hall again in the evening to the concert which was very enjoyable, Mr Mander was Chairman.
There was dance afterwards but none of us staid, Jane and the children came up here and staid the night. We were all very tired after a long strenuous day.

Tuesday 16th February 1915

It was a fine day. Willie staid at home and was getting ready his collection of fruit for the show tomorrow. Jim came over to our place in the afternoon to get the sulky to drive Jane & children over to our place to be ready for the show.
At 4.pm I went to C. Gravatt’s to read the Burial service over their baby, part of the service we had in the house.
When Jim came back with the sulky Willie took his exhibits down to the hall.

Monday 15th February 1915

It rained last night after we went to bed but the sun to day soon dried it up.
In the morning I took up and re-planted a clump of Paper White Narcissus and got a lot of firewood.
In the afternoon I took up a clump of Bride Gladiolus and planted again half of them, then went down to the wharf when the Steamer came in, got the mail and carried up a bag of sand and a drapery parcel for Grace. Heard while I was down there that Mrs Ted Harper was confined of a daughter last Saturday, also that Mrs C. Gravatt’s baby boy died this afternoon. I went to see Mrs Gravatt in the evening.

Sunday 14th February 1915

It rained a little last night but not sufficient to do any good. I started to walk over to the Claim this morning, Charlie Dunning in the cream cart overtook me at Cox’s Creek and gave me a lift to Jims, had dinner and tea there, went to service in the Claim Hall in the afternoon. Mr A Russell (Presbyterian Student) officiated, and gave us a very good sermon, walked home in the evening.

Saturday 13th February 1915

There was a slight shower early in the morning, but it soon cleared up, but it was a cloudy day.
There was a Cricket Match at Warkworth between Kaipara Flats and Omaha clubs. The show Committee were fixing up the sheep pens in Mr Dunnings paddock and putting up the tables in the Hall, Willie who is on the Committee was down there all day.
After breakfast I went down to post a letter and afterwards I went down to the beach and sieved a lot of sand and carried it across to the wharf shed for Willie to haul up when he is down. In the afternoon I took up clumps of Paper White Narcissus, & Yellow Bunch Daffodils and re-planted them again.

Thursday 11th February 1915

It was a very fine day. All of us got up early in the morning as Gertie is going away by the Kawau this morning at 6am.  Grace went down to the wharf to see her off.  Willie hauled her luggage down last night.  I was digging in the garden.  In the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.

Wednesday 10th February 1915

It was a fine day. Grace, Gertie & I went down to the village in the afternoon, they played tennis and I got the mail. In the evening Willie took Gerties’ luggage down to the wharf as she is going away tomorrow morning.

Tuesday 9th February 1915

It was a fine day. The girls went down to the P.O to get the mail and when they came back they went to Mr Ashworths to spend the day, returning here early in the afternoon.  After an early tea they all went down to the Steamer, Alma & Leila returned to Auckland, the boat leaving here at 5pm. I received a letter from Mr Wallace telling me he was going to have a holiday early in March and that he and Mrs W. were going a trip to Rotorua and asking me to join them.