Tuesday 30th October 1917

Archie Dunning came while we were having breakfast for me to go with him to look at a Puriri tree that he is going to split to fence in the hall, it came on to rain and I got wet. Afterwards it turned out a fine day. I finished digging the piece below the dining room casement.

 

Monday 29th October 1917

It was a fine day. After breakfast I planted 26 Lettuce plants that Jim gave me, in the farm’s orchard. Dave was ploughing in the orchard. The remainder of the day I was working in the flower garden digging & clearing below the front steps.

 

Sunday 28th October 1917

A slight shower while we were at breakfast, turned out a fine day.

After breakfast I went to call at Wattie Darroch’s, Mr & Mrs David are staying there just now, but they live at Stanley Bay. Minnie & Jack & Ernie came in the afternoon, all of us had tea there, I returned home in the evening.

 

Saturday 27th October 1917

When we got up in the morning we found it had been raining but it did not last long and turned out a hot day. Willie & Dave went to Dave’s place and brought home two cows, one has just calved. Dave was ploughing in the orchard in the pm. I was working in the flower garden. I sowed seeds of Miniature Sunflower, also planted out a lot of House Leeks.

Grace & Raymond went to Mrs A. Wyatts in the afternoon to Dolly’s birthday.

I walked over to Jim’s place after tea, staid the night.

 

Thursday 25th October 1917

It was a fine day, ‘tho threatening. Dave brought his horse over and commenced to plough in this orchard. Willie was sowing manure round the trees. I was working in the flower garden. Went down for the mail in the evening.

 

Wednesday 24th October 1917

It was a very hot day threatening for rain in the evening, but it is doubtful whether we get any.

Willie & Dave finished digging round the Lemon trees in the farm orchard.

I was working in the flower garden, in the evening I went down for the mail

In the morning I went down to the beach and carried some sand across to the wharf and Willie carted it up for me when he took his eggs down to the steamer.

 

Tuesday 23rd October 1917

It was a fine day. Willie & Dave were digging in the farm orchard. I got firewood, went down to the Hall to see about the Roll of Honour. I was told that Cyrus Matheson had died of wounds last Thursday in France, from the effect of wounds, shell shock & gassed.

The Roll of Honour was unveiled at 8pm by Mr A. Dunning, I conducted a short service and gave a patriotic address, Mr Knowles gave a recitation, about 100 were present.

 

Monday 22nd October 1917

It was showery in the morning but fine in the afternoon. Willie & Dave were digging between the Lemon trees in the farm orchard. I was clearing away and digging in the flower garden until the rain drove me in. Went to W. Dunnings in the evening.