Friday 31th December 1915

It was a hot day. I got up early in the morning and went down to the wharf to meet the Steamer from Auckland, Alma Wallace and Leila Entwistle came up to stay with us. Mr Duncan Matheson came up in the morning & staid for lunch. George & Vie went over to Ti Point. Willie & Dave were not thrashing to day as Dave was not well.

Willie fixed up the Separator in the store and used it for the first time this morning.

 

Thursday 30th December 1915

It was a hot day. Willie & Dave continued thrashing Danthonia. I was working in the flower garden. George & Vie returned from Ti Point in the evening. In the evening I went down for the mail & attended the Library.

 

Wednesday 29th December 1915

It was a very hot day. Willie & Dave commenced to thrash Danthonia in the afternoon. I was working in the flower garden, I sowed seeds of Ten Week Stocks, Asters & Arctotis. In the afternoon Duncan Knaggs came to sign some documents. I went down to the village but did not wait for the steamer, George Davis & Vie Simpson came up and dined here and went to Ti Point in the evening.

A cream Separator came up for Willie by the steamer.

 

Tuesday 28th December 1915

There were a few slight showers but not enough to do any good.

Willie planted Kumera & Cabbage plants in the farm orchard.

I took Mrs C. Wyatt two Dahlia plants and she gave me some Canadian Wonder bean seed, & when I got home I replanted the row of Canadian Wonder that did not come up. In the afternoon I picked out in a box & tins some Zinnia plants. Grace & Mrs Simpson spent the day with Mrs Handby.

 

Monday 27th December 1915

There were some slight showers first thing in the morning but it turned out a fine day, ‘tho it was very windy in the afternoon. I returned home in the cream cart. Lorrie Smith is driving the cart now. Willie took the horse down to the wharf and hauled up a sk of manure, afterwards he planted some Kumeras that Joe gave him.

There was a dance in the Hall in the evening for practice purposes. Willie,  Grace & Mrs Simpson went.

 

Sunday 26th December 1915

It was a fine day with the exception of a shower in the afternoon.

We all went over to Ti Point to spend the day. Willie, Grace and Mrs Simpson drove and went to Harolds & I went to Joe’s, had dinner there and then in the afternoon I went across the beach to Jim’s where I staid the night.

 

Saturday 25th December 1915 Christmas Day

We spent the day at home which ‘tho threatening yesterday it turned out fine. Harold, Flo’ & children came to spend the day with us. In the evening I held service in the Church. There was a very large congregation numbering over 60. It was a very bright service with Xmas Hymns. The Collection was for an Organ fund and amounted to £1.4.1.

 

Friday 24th December 1915

It was a bit showery to day. Willie had to leave off cutting Danthonia. I was working in the flower garden. Alma brought us a bag of Peas.

In the afternoon Grace & I went down to the Church to dedicate it for tomorrow (Christmas Day).

 

Thursday 23rd December 1915

It was a very hot day. I was working in the flower garden. I planted out 1 Zinnia, 4 Larkspurs, 2 Calliopsis, & 2 Marigolds, also took up and replanted a clump of Nerene, a Guernsey Lily, also took up some Daffodils and put them into bags.

In the evening I went down fro the mail  & attended the Library, there was a choir practice in the Church to practice Xmas Hymns.

Wednesday 22nd December 1915

It was a very hot day. I was working in the flower garden. I went down to the steamer in the afternoon. Mrs Simpson came up by her to stay with us. Dave G. carted Willie’s butter & eggs down to the steamer and up a sack of Maize.