Thursday 31st October 1918

It was a fine day.  I got up for breakfast, but my back is not quite well.  Grace went down to the butchers.

The “Kawau” made a round trip leaving here at 5.30 .  Willie took his butter & eggs down to the steamer and got the mail.

There was a meeting of the Mutual Improvement Associn  in the evening, the subject for discussion was ‘Is ambition a Virtue or a vice?’   Grace & Harold Knaggs took the affirmative and Wilfred Torkington the negative,  the meeting voted for the affirmative. Willie, Grace and Mrs Simpson went.  I staid at home.

Wednesday 30th October 1918

A showery day.  Grace went down to the village in the afternoon to get meat, but heard that the steamer was not coming until tomorrow and the butcher was coming tomorrow also. Willie had got his butter & eggs packed so he did not take them down today.  I was still in bed with my back.

Monday 28th October 1918

It was fine.   I was still confined to my bed with a bad back  (lumbago).  The body of Frank Witten who was drowned off the Kawau on the 16th ultimo was found on one of the islands near the Kawau and was brought to Pakiri and was buried there this afternoon, we never heard anything about it until the pm when Mrs Simpson went down for the mail  met several people coming back from the funeral.  Mrs S  did not get the mail as she heard that this was Labour Day  (Holiday) & the P. O.s  were closed.

Willie planted Homestead & Canadian Wonder beans in the new garden.


Sunday 27th October 1918

There was heavy rain early in the morning, but it cleared up and was a fine day.  My bad was still bad and I staid in bed all day.  Revd Orchard held service in the pm, but no one went from here.


Friday 25th October 1918

It was a fine day and the ground is drying up.  After breakfast I went down for the mail  that came last night.

I weeded the second row of Stratagem Peas and stuck them,  I had not quite enough sticks so I went down to the barley paddock and got some more.  There was a miscellaneous entertainment in the Hall in the evening given by the local W. C. Y. U.  in aid of the Mine Sweepers,  the entertainment consisted of songs , recitations & a dialogue entitled ‘Is marriage a failure?’   the ladies provided supper.  Willie and Grace went, but Mrs Simpson and I staid at home,  while I was working in the pm I felt as if I going to have a bad back and it got worse in the evening.


Thursday 24th October 1918

The wind was blowing very cold from the S.  –  it was perishing cold out of doors so I could not work outside.

I went down for the mail in the evening, but the coach between Kaipara Flats and Warkworth had broken down and the mail would not arrive at Leigh until 8 or 9 pm so I came home without it.


Wednesday 23rd October 1918

It was a very wet day,  I was not able to do any thing in the garden.  Willie took the sulky down to meet the steamer in the afternoon,  Grace and Raymond came up from Auckland by her, and they had a very rough trip.


Tuesday 22nd October 1918

It rained last night and early this morning and the ground was very wet and I was not able to do anything in the garden. In the afternoon pared weeds off the ground in the new garden ready for planting beans.  I went down the barley paddock and carried up the bean sticks I had cut down there and I cut a few more and carried them up.