Friday 11th January 1918

Jack’s 46th birthday.  We had some showers today.

Willie & Dave were building another kiln.  I was digging up the piece of ground in the flower garden near the lemon trees, it had not been dug for two years and therefore was very hard.

I went down to the steamer to get bread and also got the mail.
Eddie Wyatt who has got a commission of 2nd Lieutenant came to spend the evening.


Thursday 10th January 1918

It was very misty and threatening, but the rain kept off during the day.  There was a picnic on the Lewis Meiklejohn beach as a welcome home to Eddie Wyatt, a great crowd attended & they passed a very enjoyable day,  Willie & Grace drove over.  Dave & I staid at home.


Wednesday 9th January 1918

It did not rain, but it was misty and threatening. Willie & Dave were cutting wood for another kiln.

I went down to the steamer in the afternoon, she was very late in getting here as she went into Big Omaha wharf.


Tuesday 8th January 1918

It was a dull day.  Willie & Dave were carting their charcoal down to the wharf.

After breakfast I went down to the beach and carried a lot of sand over to the wharf for Dave to cart up for me.  While I was down there the “Kawau” called in on her way to Mangawai having lain at Kawau last night on account of the easterly wind,  I got the mail.

Mrs W. Dunning came in the evening bringing 3 of her eldest children to hear the gramaphone, she told me that Eddie Wyatt had just come home,  Charlie, Maggie and he having driven from Wellsford,  Eddie was looking very well and has now got a commission as Lieutenant.


Monday 7th January 1918

It was a fine day, ‘tho dull.  Willie & Dave took out their charcoal, they had 68 bags.  I was working in the garden, I cut the grass on the paths, and cleaned the summer house out, & washed the seats and the floor.

It rained a little in the evening.


Sunday 6th January 1918

It was a dull day, only a few slight showers.  Agnes & Jack were here for dinner.  I conducted service in the Church in the afternoon.  The King had fixed this Sunday as a day of prayer for the success of our arms and for a permanent peace, so I read special prayers and a suitable sermon.  There were 27 present.  Collection 10/3 .  I went up to Willie Dunnings for tea.


Saturday 5th January 1918

It was a fine day.  Willie & Dave were watching their charcoal kiln.  I was working in the flower garden in the morn.  In the afternoon I went down to the wharf to bid good bye to Ian Matheson who was leaving by the “Kawau” to return to camp, a great crowd was on the wharf to give him a cheer.  Grace went down to the Church to sweep, dust and decorate.

Friday 4th January 1918

There was a heavy shower in the morning.  Willie hauled 2 Sacks of Fowl food,  1 Bag of Calf meal & 2 Egg boxes up from the wharf in the morning,  the remainder of the day he and Dave were watching their charcoal kiln.

I was working in the flower garden , I planted 3 Alysums,  2 Stocks  & 1 Verbena.


Thursday 3rd January 1918

It was a fine day.  It was advertised that the “Kawau” was to leave last night for here at midnight, so that she should have arrived here early this morning,  Grace went down to the wharf before breakfast to get the bread & meat, but she heard while she was down there that  she heard that  the “kawau” was not to leave Auckland until 11 this morning.  I went down to meet the steamer when she came in  about 4 pm, I got the bread, meat & mail, returned home and about 6 pm I went down again to get the overland mail, when I came home I had my tea and helped Willie milk the cows, and then I went down to the Hall to a Hall Committee meeting.  There was a Social in the Hall as a farewell to Private Ian Matheson who is home on his final leave .  There was a big attendance , the proceeds were for the local Carnival Queen.