Tuesday 8th February 1916

It was a very hot day. In the morning I went down to the village to post some letters.

Willie was thrashing cocksfoot seed. Mr Jon Burton & Lizzie Witten called in the morning. In the evening I planted 14 Cabbage plants that Minnie & Jane brought from Mrs Handbys Swedish Giant Cabbage.


Monday 7th February 1916

It was a very fine day. Minnie & Jane came over in the morning to gather blackberries, I helped them we got 3 billies full, they had lunch here and then they went up to say good bye to Mrs Handby who has sold her place and is leaving this week, they called in here for their billies of blackberries on their way home.

Willie was cultivating with the horse in the orchard in the afternoon.

I went down to the village at 6pm to get the mail.


Sunday 6th February 1916

It was a very fine day. I held service in the Church in the afternoon. There were present 25 – Collection 7/2. Jane & Minnie were present. After Church I got a wire from the boys saying that they had no Wool on board the “Squall” that was wrecked at East Cape. I was much relieved to get this news.


Saturday 5th February 1916

It was very fine in the morning. I was sorry that our trip to Warkworth was put off, but in the afternoon I changed my mind as it thundered and poured with rain which would make the roads in a terrible state. I read in the Weekly News this morning that the steamer “Squall” was wrecked near East Cape, she had on board 400 bales of Wool which she had loaded at Te Araroa and was bound fro Napier, she sank in 20 fathoms of water and no possibility of getting her up. I was wondering whether the boys had Wool on board her, so I went a wire to them to enquire.

Willie went fishing late in the pm and brought home some schnapper and rock cods.


Friday 4th February 1916

It was showery all day. I got firewood and then I washed the sulky as Willie Dunning was going to drive me to Warkworth tomorrow as Omaha Cricket Club is going to play against Kaipara at Warkworth. I went to Charlie Wyatts to get a sample of Wheat to take to the Editor of the Rodney Times, afterwards I went down to the village to meet the steamer from Auckland, but when I got down there I heard that she was not coming to day on account of the weather, I also heard that the cricket match had been put off for the same reason. It blew a hurricane and it smashed down some Dahlias.


Thursday 3rd February 1916

It was a very calm day. Grace went to Auckland in the “Kawau” at 8am, Willie drove her down in the sulky. Dave came and he and Willie were thrashing danothinia, which they finished. In the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.


Wednesday 2nd February 1916

It was a fine day. I went down to the village in the afternoon. I got some meat, a new butcher came to day in place of Percy Laycock, he has gone to Civils at Warkworth.

I was down at the wharf when the steamer came in, the Captain gave me a paper.


Tuesday 1st February 1916

It was a very fine day. Wind still blowing from the E. Willie had to shoot Beauty (Heifer) as she has been sick a long time, on opening her he found that the cause was stoppage of the bowels. I finished digging the piece of ground that was in Oats.

In the afternoon I went down to the village to post some letters.

Men are widening the road going down to the wharf.

Mrs Simpson returned from Ti Point in the evening.