Wednesday 6th September 1916

It was a fine day. Russell rode to Te Araroa in the morning to catch the steamer to Auckland. Mr & Mrs Connely drove to Te Araroa for a holiday returning late in the evening. Harry Williams cut firewood & milked the cows in the evening.

I was working in the garden digging round and manuring the gooseberries.

 

Tuesday 5th September 1916

It was a very fine day. Henry & Russell ploughed in the piece of ground where Connerly & I dug the docks out, and after lunch Russell took the horse & plough over to Jacks place. I sowed seeds of Tomato & Henderson’s succession Cabbage in boxes, also sowed a row of Yorkshire Hero Peas and a bed of Improved Brown Spanish Onion (Sutton’s Seed).

 

Monday 4th September 1916

It was a beautiful day, quite hot in the middle of the day. The men went over to the clearing, they finished ploughing and started to harrow. Mr Davis came in the morning and took away a horse. At lunch time a boy came named Harry Williams, when Henry came home in the evening he engaged him to work here.

I was busy all day, I first plucked and prepared a Turkey, sowed a bed of Brown Spanish Onions, dug manure into a bed which I intend for Onions, burned off a heap of rubbish.

 

Sunday 3rd September 1916

It was a beautiful day. Russell went over to Jack’s place before breakfast and returned in the evening with some Turkeys for this place. In the afternoon Henry & I rode down to Mr Halliwells, Mr & Mrs O’Regan were there spending the day.

Mr & Mrs Halliwell have living with them Mrs H’s father and mother (Mr & Mrs Davis) they are a nice family and a great acquisition as neighbours, we staid for tea and in the evening Mrs Davis conducted a short service. They lent me some books to bring home to read. We did not get home until near 11p.m.

 

Saturday 2nd September 1916

It was a fine day. The men went over to the clearing. Addison ploughed and Henry drove the horses and Connerly cut out roots. I was working in the garden.

Russell returned from Te Araroa in the evening, he also brought a mail. He seems very much cut up about his brother.

 

Friday 1st September 1916

It was a very fine day. Addison & Russell rode down to Te Araroa, the latter to try to get some particulars about his brother’s death. Addison returned in the evening with the mail. Henry rode after the sheep.

I was working in the garden.