Thursday 31st January 1918

First thing in the morning Willie carted some fruit and a box of eggs down to the wharf.  I went down later on when the steamer arrived and got bread and beef & the mail.  I worked in the garden.  Willie & Dave were hauling wood & building a kiln.

Heavy rain in the afternoon.  In the evening I went down for the mail & attended the annual meeting of the Library.

Wednesday 30th January 1918

It rained a little in the morning , it cleared up afterwards, but was dull.  Willie finished digging the Potatoes  & he put them into the store.  I was very stiff after my ride yesterday & could do no work.  I wrote letters to Mr Cogswell & to my brother Henry also sent him a Weekly News,

There was a meeting of the Mutual Improvement Society in the Hall in the evening,  I attended.


Tuesday 29th January 1918

It rained in the morning, but cleared up in the afternoon, wind SW.  Willie was digging Potatoes.

In the morning I went over to the farm orchard and tied up the Tomatoes which are looking well.  In the afternoon I rode over to Jims place where I had tea, returning home in the evening.


Monday 28th January 1918

The Anniversary was going to be kept in Auckland to day instead of tomorrow, but the weather was very propitious if they had the same as we had here.  It rained in the morning and although it cleared up later on it was misty and the sun never showed out and there were showers, a very heavy one in the evening.

I was working in the garden when the weather permitted , I cut the grass on the path and did a lot of weeding , so much rain while I was in Auckland that the weeds had got a head,  Willie was digging out Potatoes.  Mrs Knowles was here for lunch.


Sunday 27th January 1918

Although the weather was threatening, it did not rain. In the morning Willie took the horse to Jims to meet Grace who came from Matakana in the cream cart and to bring home the sulky that Jim had borrowed to go to the Carnival, they returned home just as it was getting dark.

I was left at home on my own.

Revd Macdonald held service in the Church at 2.30,  there were 18 present.  Collection 11/- .


Saturday 26th January 1918

It was very dull in the morning but the day passed without rain.  After breakfast I took a bunch of flowers down to Captn Ohlsen, and then I carried some sand across to the wharf  & Dave carted it up in the evening.

Revd Macdonald came to look at my garden and staid for lunch.  Willie and Dave between them carted 62 sacks of charcoal to the wharf shed.


Friday 25th January 1918

There was a misty rain in the morning , but it turned out a fine day .  I left my friends the Wallaces went over to Auckland by the 8 am boat, having spent a very pleasant time,  I made some purchases and then embarked on the “Kawau” bound for Leigh, we had a beautiful calm passage arriving at Leigh wharf at 3 pm.  Willie met me with a trap and I soon found myself in my own home again.

The flowers in the garden, especially the grass on the paths had grown on the paths during my absence.  Grace went down with the cream cart this morning to Matakana intending to go to Warkworth tomorrow to the Queens Carnival.  Mr Glass is now baching down on the Koeroa flat near their work.


Thursday 24th January 1918

It was a fine day.  In the morning I went to call on Mrs Cogswell in Church St, she and her sisters are living together, and they seem cultivated & refined people.  They gave me a lot of flower cuttings.  In the afternoon I went across to town I took these cuttings in a tin down to the N. S. S. Office .  Made several purchases & then returned to Devonport.


Wednesday 23rd January 1918

It was a fine day.  I went over to Auckland in the pm.  I went up a new street that is being made called Anzac Avenue, it used to be called Jermyn  St, but has been widened and straightened, then I walked up and down each side of Krangahape Road and then returned to Devonport.

In the evening Mrs Petersen and Mr McMurtrie came and we played Euchie.


Tuesday 22nd January 1918

It was a very hot day.  Went across to Auckland in the afternoon, took the car up to Cemetery Bridge and walked to the Domain gardens which are a blaze of colour, the glass houses are full of beautiful flowers & ferns, the Gloxinias were the finest I had seen  and so many shades of colours.  I met Mrs Rogers there and her daughters Mrs Blackburn and Mrs W. Savage and her son.
Mr Wallace and I went to the Pictures, the chief piece being ‘Man and his Soul ‘