Monday 31st January 1916

It was a fine day. Willie was spraying in this orchard. I was digging the piece of ground that was in Oats.

The young men gave a Social in the Hall as a send off for George James, there was a very nice gathering. I was the only one from this house who attended. I was playing 500 all evening, and enjoyed myself very much.

 

Sunday 30th January 1916

It was a fine day although the wind is still blowing from the E.

I attended Communion at 8am only 3 attended Collection 2/5.

Also service in the evening at 7.30 – all of us attended, Revd Macdonald officiated. 49 attended. Collection 13/6. The day’s collection 15/9.

 

Saturday 29th January 1916

Auckland’s Anniversary and a very unpleasant day.

Wind still blowing strong from the E.

Also a showery day.

I got firewood and dug in the front garden. Willie was planting marigolds in the farm orchard. There was to have been a Tennis match this afternoon between Pakiri & Omaha Clubs but on account of the weather it did not come off, also a dance in the Hall in the evening which was also be a farewell to George James who has joined the expeditionary force and is going down to Trentham to be trained. So few turned up at the Hall that they were invited down to Ms Archie Dunnings where they spent a very pleasant evening with music and cards.

 

Friday 28th January 1916

The wind still blowing strong from the E. The Kawau was to have left Auckland last night at midnight to make a round trip to Mangawai , she should have been in here at 5am but it was about 8am when she arrived. I went down after breakfast to get the two mails, the overland mail that came last night and the one that came this morning, I went down to the wharf, the Kawau was lying alongside, she is not going to Mangawai on account of the weather. A parcel of books came in the mail for the Library, they are what we brought of Revd J. J. Mather, I took them to the Library and catalogued them.

In the afternoon I was working in the flower garden, I commenced to dig the piece of ground that was in Oats.

 

Thursday 27th January 1916

The wind still blowing strong from the E. After breakfast I went down for the mail, worked a little in the flower garden between the showers.

The afternoon & evening were very showery. I did not go down in the evening for the mail & c. There was to have been a dance as a send off for George James, who has joined the expeditionary force and is going down to Trentham to be drilled, but on account of the rain it did not come off.

 

Wednesday 26th January 1916

It was a showery day.

I was not able to do anything outside in the way of planting, I caught as much rain water as I could and watered some of the plants with liquid manure.

In the afternoon Willie & Wi went down to the village, but the steamer was so late in arriving that neither of us stopped for the mail. The wind has been blowing from E for some days and it would be a rough trip to day.

 

Tuesday 25th January 1916

It was a fine day. Willie was digging round & manuring the Pumpkins in the farm orchard. I was working in the flower garden. I planted out 3 Mauve Cornflowers, 3 Yellow Cornflowers, 4 Zinnias and some Calliopsis Drummondii.

Willie drove Mrs Simpson over to Ti Point in the evening.

 

Monday 24th January 1916

It was a very fine day. The rain we had yesterday has not gone very deep into the ground, but it has freshened all vegetation.

Willie & Grace went fishing and brought home a lot of fish.

I went down to the village in the pm to get the mail, Harold drove Mrs Simpson over from Ti Point, she staid the night.

 

Sunday 23rd January 1916

It rained heavily at 3.30 this morning and I had to get up and shut the windows and it rained steadily until we got up and continued until the afternoon when it cleared up. Revd Southern held service in the afternoon but none of us went, I heard afterwards that there were only 8 present. Revd Scott (Presbyterian) held service in the evening, I attended, he preached a very good service.

 

Saturday 22nd January 1916

It was fine in the morning. After breakfast I went down for the mail. Willie and Syse were thrashing danthonia, this is the last day Syse in coming.

I was carrying for them all day.

Late in the afternoon it came on a misty rain and they had to Knock off and carry the seed up into the shed.