Noel & his wife went over to town. In the afternoon Mr & Mrs Wallace & I walked to Bayswater, called at Kens. Met them just coming out on their way to the boat, so we all walked down to the wharf to see them off. Afterwards Mr W & I went to see Mr Inkster’s garden, we found him hard at work digging. His garden did not look so well as it did when I was there last November.
There were several slight showers.
In the morning Mrs Wallace & I went to service at Trinity Church. The church was decorated for Easter, Mr Seaton who has held services here several times for Revd Macdonald preached a very good sermon.
In the afternoon Mr Wallace took a walk to the Narrow Neck beach and home by the old Lake Road.
In the evening Mr Wallace went to the Presbyterian Church, Revd. Bertrum is leaving and preached his farewell sermon, he has accepted a call from Prahan a suburb of Melbourne.
It was a fine day.
I went to Auckland by the Kawau which left here about 12.30pm. Mr Woods & Jim Greenwood went up by her, we had a very fair passage. We arrived in Auckland about 5.30pm. Mr Wallace was in the Auckland wharf to meet me, and we immediately took the ferry over to Devonport and wagonette up to the house, where I received a hearty welcome. The house seems quite deserted now the boys are all away, Bert being the last to leave. He and Alan are in Egypt.
Noel & his wife were up from Te Kuiti for a holiday but they were out when I got there, so did not see them before I went to bed.
It was very dull when we got up and then it commenced to rain and it rained all morning, wind NW. In the afternoon the wind changed to W and it cleared up, was not able to do much out of doors. Planted a clump of Cytosine Daffodils near the Lemon Tree. Willie & Grace went fishing in the afternoon to this wharf and brought home a few small fish.
It was a fine day. I finished digging the piece of ground near the Lemon trees, I buried under it a lot of vegetable rubbish and several sackfuls of horse manure.
In the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.
The Annual Meeting of the Show was held in the evening. Willie attended.