Sunday 21st January 1917

It was a wet day up here. Jack rode down to Te Araroa in the morning. He took Lily to church (Revd Digby Wilson officiating) they returned here in the evening, reporting that there was not much rain at Te Araroa.

 

Saturday 20th January 1917

It was a very fine day. Thomas was helping Metcalf’s man fix the fence at the creek.

The new man was getting firewood and cutting docks round the house.

I finished digging near the garden gate and I formed a path.

Jack returned from Tangihanga in the evening bringing a pack horse with two cans of Burbank plums.

Friday 19th January 1917

It was a very fine day. Jack went back to Tangihanga early in the morning before we were up.

Thomas was helping Metcalf’s man fix up the fence in the creek.

The new man was clearing away a slip near the creek.

I was digging in the garden.

 

Thursday 18th January 1917

It was a fine day. I was digging out stones in the garden. Thomas & Syd Hooper were fixing the fence between Metcalf’s & Jacks.

The new man Pat McGannes was working in the road at the river.

It came on to rain after we had our tea. Jack returned from Tangihanga in the evening.

 

Wednesday 17th January 1917

It was a very fine day but very windy in the afternoon. I was digging out weeds & stones. Thomas was helping Mr Metcalf’s man Syd Hooper repair a fence between Jack’s place and Mr Metcalfs. The new man was clearing the weeds between the Pumpkins near the Wool Shed.

 

Tuesday 16th January 1917

It was a very fine day. I was digging in the garden & getting out stones. As Thomas did not come home last night I milked the cows this morning, he came back just before lunch time, bringing two mares who had been to a stallion. A man also came with him on the chance of getting a job here.

 

Monday 15th January 1917

It was blowing a gale of wind all day which made it very uncomfortable.

Lily accompanied by Thomas rode down to Te Araroa, the former was going to stay at the Hospital to help nurse a patient.

I was forking out sorrel in the garden.

 

Sunday 14th January 1917

It was a fine day, but it was blowing pretty strong.

In the morning I rode over to Jack’s place but I found that Jack, Lily & Millie had gone out pig-hunting, they came home late in the afternoon having Killed two pigs. Thomas made me some lunch. Jack went over to Henry’s place in the evening to help Henry muster Sheep for shearing, he took 9 dogs with him.

 

Saturday 13th January 1917

It was a very fine day, but close and sultry, Carpenter brought the dray load of goods from Bristows in the morning. Bill was cleaning out the dip and in the afternoon they dipped the 2 Tooth Ewes, it only took 1 hour and 40 minutes to put through about 800. I was digging out stones.

 

Friday 12th January 1917

It was a very fine day. They mustered the remainder of the sheep early that morning and did the final picking of Lambs and the Drovers started away with them about 10 a m, Henry had going away 515 lambs & 4 sheep. Mr O’Regan and Halliwell were sending away lambs also with the drove. Henry went down to pick them out for the latter. I planted 7 rows of Canadian Wonder Beans.

Carpenter who was down with a dray to get a load of goods from Te Araroa only returned as far as Bristows, he came home on one of the horses a good bit after dark bringing mail.