Sunday 30th September 1917

It was a very fine day. I attended the Methodist service in the pm. Afterwards went up to Mr Jas Greenwood’s for tea. Willie & Grace went to A Greenwoods in the afternoon & staid tea, Dave Glass came here in the evening and staid the night.

Saturday 29th September 1917

It was a showery day, I did not do anything outside. Willie took the sulky down to the wharf and carted up 3 sKs of manure. There was to be a meeting of the Ratepayer’s Association in the evening, but I did not attend.

Friday 28th September 1917

Several showers during the day.

I was digging round Peach trees below the house.

There was a dance in the Hall in the evening, proceeds for the Y.M.C.A, all of us went. Willie took his Gramophone & gave selections. Miss Campbell came by the steamer this pm and was at the dance, she is Teacher at Ti Point.


Thursday 27th September 1917

It rained last night & early this morning. I went over to the farm orchard and dug another strip for tree onions, but the ground was too wet to plant so I came back and Willie & I planted a long row of Dun Beans in the new garden.

Went to get the mail & changed my books at the Library.


Wednesday 26th September 1917

It was blowing very strong from NW. and driving showers. My back was rather bad with digging yesterday so I remained inside all day. Willie picked Lemons from the farm orchard, he took the sulky down to the wharf to meet the steamer. Dave came up.


Monday 24th September 1917

It was a fine day. After breakfast I walked over to Big Omaha to see my old friends Mr & Mrs Robert Williams. Bob was ploughing in his peach orchard, Seymour Smith was digging round the trees. Johny Williams has sold out his place to Seymour Smith and is living with Bob. I had a look round Mrs W’s flowers, had dinner there and then walked back to Jims, had tea there and then walked home, called in at H Ashtons for some Onion plants.


Sunday 23rd September 1917

It was a fine day. After breakfast I walked over to the Claim. I had dinner at Jim’s, he & I & the children went to church in the Claim Hall, Revd Boyle officiated, Jane did not go as she has a very bad cough, returned to Jim’s for tea and staid the night. In the evening I went down to have a yarn with Mr C. Holden who lately married Mrs C Bond.


Saturday 22nd September 1917

It was a very fine day. The ground is drying up very fast. In the morning I got firewood afterwards helped Willie plant Potatoes, in the pm I was digging in the farm orchard, dug round 2 Lemon trees. In the evening Ernie Dunning and Ernie Greenwood came to hear the gramaphone.

Friday 21st September 1917

It was a very fine day.  We continued to plant Potatoes. I went down to meet the Steamer, Dave did not return by her. In the evening there was a meeting of the Fruitgrowers Association, Mr Shelton & Mr Allan Wilson organizer of the Fruitgrowers’ Federation explained the objects of the Federation & 7 Fruitgrowers joined.