Monday 17th December 1917

It was a fine day.  Dave went down below to build the kiln.  I was working in the garden.  I planted 5 Dahlia roots and 4 Miniture Sunflowers.  Dave took the sulky to Matakana to meet Willie, Grace & Raymond who came up from Auckland by the “Kotiti“, they did not arrive home until 10 pm.


Sunday 16th December 1917

It was a very fine day, but the wind was blowing very strong from the W.  I went in the cream cart as far as Jim’s, had dinner there and we all went to the Presbyterian service in the Hall in the afternoon,  Mr Gould,  a Home Missionary who succeeds Mr Boyle at Warkworth, conducted the service and made a favourable impression,  I returned to Jims for tea and walked home in the evening in time to help Dave milk the cows.

Saturday 15th December 1917

It was a very fine day.  Grace and Raymond went to Auckland in the “Kawau” which left here at 10 am, thus Dave and I were left on our own.  Dave was working at the charcoal kiln.  I did some washing , ironed some shirts, burned some oyster shells in the garden and got Daves dinner.  Mr Addison called in the pm to ask me to make his will.

Inie & May Dunning called in the evening, I gave them a lot of flowers.


Friday 14th December 1917

There was a shower of rain in the morning, it changed the wind to the W and then to the S, it was fine the remainder of the day.   Maud came to clean the house.  Dave was working at the kiln.
I went to call at Charlie Wyatts in the pm to sympathise with them on the death of their son Lennie.  Afterwards went down to the steamer and got the mail.  Grace had a wire from Willie saying that he had been placed in Class C. 1.


Thursday 13th December 1917

It was a very fine day.  Willie went up to Auckland in the “Kotiti” to be examined by the Medical Board.  Dave was hauling out wood and building a new kiln.  I was working in the flower garden.  Went down for the mail in the evening.


Wednesday 12th December 2017

It was a very fine day.  Willie & Dave hauled their 50 bags of charcoal down to the wharf, then they went down to Dave’s place for his fowls,  Willie bought 22 of them and Mrs McKinnon bought the remainder (about 40).  In the morning I went down to the beach and carried 3 bags of sand over to the wharf and Dave hauled it up here for me.  I also went down to the steamer in the afternoon (the “Kotiti“)  the sad news came through that Leonard Wyatt had been killed in France.  There was a debate in the Ti Point school in the evening, but none of us went.  Willie got notice that he had to present himself before the Medical Board this week, so he is going to Auckland tomorrow.