Monday 20th March 1916

It was a fine day.

Grace being away I had to cook the dinner also did some washing.

Willie was thining Turnips in the orchard. In the afternoon I went down to the steamer and got the mail.

Grace returned from Ti Point in the evening. Mrs Simpson came with her.

It thundered & lightened and rained heavily in the evening.

Sunday 19th March 1916

There was a very heavy dew last night, the wind is northerly.

It was a very fine day.

Willie, Grace & I drove over to the claim to spend the day with Jim & Jane. When we got over there we found that Jim had gone out for the day in Mr Ashworth’s motor car with others to Warkworth. We had dinner with Jane & the children. Mr & Mrs R. Williams & children were there for tea, Jim had returned by that time, so we were quite a large party. On our way home in the evening Grace got out at the Ti Point road and was going to Harold’s to stay the night.


Saturday 18th March 1916

It was a very fine day. After breakfast I went down to get the mail, the Kawau which did not come last night, came this morning, she returned to Auckland without going to Mangawai. Willie was transplanting Mangels in the farm orchard. In the afternoon I picked some Canadian Wonder beans to take over to June, also picked Dun beans seed and did a lot of weeding.


Thursday 16th March 1916

Very dull, but it did not rain, wind still easterly. I was working in the flower garden. I planted clumps of Paper White Narcissus, Daffodils & Ixias, also planted 7 Antirrhinum & 2 Dark Blue Forgetmenot. Willie was thinning Turnips in the orchard. In the evening I went down to the village to get the mail and attend the Library. The remains of the late Mrs Holder was buried at the Claim @ 2.30. None of us went.


Wednesday 15th March 1916

It was a fine day, but the wind has changed to the SE and there is every indication of rain.

Willie was picking Peas, he carted them and a box of butter & eggs down to the wharf in the afternoon and brought up a load of cases and a bag of sand for me.

In the morning I planted clumps of 1 each of Daffodils (Cynosure & Emperor) and 1 of Fresia, also got firewood. In the afternoon I went down to the steamer. She made a round trip to day. John Addison went to Auckland by her in search of work, he may go down to the boys to work for the boys.

While down at the steamer I heard that Mrs Holder was dead, she died of cancer of the throat, she was brought down by the steamer to day and is to be buried at the Claim tomorrow afternoon.


Tuesday 14th March 1916

It was a very fine day. After breakfast I went down for the mail, afterwards sieved a lot of sand and carried it across to the wharf.

Willie hauled several cases of Pears down to the wharf and then he got a boat and he and Grace went out fishing and they caught several nice schnappers, he carted home empty cases and my sand.

In the afternoon I planted 4 clumps of Daffodils in the border near the front gate.


Monday 13th March 1916

It was a very fine day. Grace & Mrs Simpson went down to the wharf fishing in the morning returning home late in the afternoon with a few small fishes. Willie was picked Peas all day. In the morning I planted 8 clump Daffodils opposite the summer house. In the pm I got firewood and went down to Dunning’s beach and carried home some shell sand. Flo’ came over late in the pm and Mrs Simpson returned with her after tea.

Sunday 12th March 1916

It was a very fine day. The wind has gone down at last.

Revd Boyle conducted service in the Hall morning and evening and preached excellent sermons on both occasions, I attended both services and the others went in the evening.