Tuesday 20th April 1915

It was a fine day. The first thing in the morning I planted some bulbs that Mrs McKinlay gave me. Afterwards I went to Mrs G. Knaggs to fix up her Pension paper. Roddie McKinnon and his intended Miss Anderson were staying there but were going away by the steamer to day. I went down to the village with them. In the afternoon I walked over to Jims and staid all night.

Monday 19th April 1915

As I am going home to day I took my luggage across to town and down to the Steamer. I was busy all morning making purchases and taking them down to the steamer. Returned to the Wallaces for lunch and then said good bye to good friends and went across to Auckland and down to the “Kawau” steamer. We left at 2pm. Bowden Birdsall & Eddie were fellow passengers. We arrived at Leigh at 7pm. Willie & Grace came to meet me with the sulky.

Sunday 18th April 1915

Went across to town in the morning to attend service at St Matthews church. I heard the chimes on the bells for the first time. The Governor Lord Liverpool was present.
Revd Jasper Balder preached a very good sermon. Returned to the Shore for dinner & in the afternoon Mr W & I took a walk down Calliope Rd.

Friday 16th April 1915

Went across to Auckland in the morning and up to Laidlaw Leeds new warehouse in Hobson St to order some goods for the Church and for myself. Had dinner in town and in the afternoon I went to the Autumn Show which was held in the Horticultural Hall in the Domain. There was a splendid exhibit of Dahlias and Chrysanthemums. Mr Grindrod gave me a complimentary ticket and I saw him at the show.
In the evening Mr Wallace & I went to the Pictures at Devonport.

Wednesday 14th April 1915

I went across to town and then took the car up to the top of Symonds St and walked down to Mt Eden Station and took the train to Henderson. Norman Carr was in the same carriage going out and returning, he is teaching at Henderson. I first went to my old friend Jo’s Greenwoods where I had a look round their orchard, they were busy picking and packing Apples.
Bob Morrison came after me to have a look round and he also had lunch there. In the afternoon I went to Willie Wrights place down Lincoln road, he was also busy picking and packing apples. Returned to Devonport late in the afternoon.

Monday 12th April 1915

Went across to Auckland in the morning. In the evening Mr & Mrs W & I went to a concert in the Parish Hall, the first of the winter entertainments in connection with Trinity Church. The Lyric Quartell were the entertainers for the evening and we all enjoyed ourselves very much.

Sunday 11th April 1915

In the morning I walked up to Kens and we all went to service in the little church in Bayswater road, returned to Kens for dinner. After that returned to Wallaces. Attended the Presbyterian Church in the evening, Revd Robert Ingris officiated.

Wednesday 10th April 1915

In the afternoon I went by car out to Mt Eden to call on the Grindrods, I found him busy finishing planting his Daffodils, he showed me round the garden & I had afternoon tea there and then returned to Devonport.

Tuesday 6th April 1915 – Tuesday 9th April 1915

As I did not keep a Diary while I was away I cannot say what I did every day.
I used to go over to Auckland most days.
During this week I called on Mr Grindrod at his office Messr Hesketh & Richmonds and arranged to go out to his place on Saturday afternoon.
Called on Mr Mrs Kinlay in Albert Rd. Took his wife some bulbs and she gave me some in return.
One day I met Jim Greenwood and went with him to King Georges Pictures and we dined at the Strand Arcade.
Went up to the Domain and looked at the gardens there which are beautiful. Also went to Albert Park gardens.
Went to consult Dr P.A. Lindsay at his residence at Albert Park. I have been having giddy turns and pains at the top of my head.