All posts by CS Clarke

Saturday 15th May 1915

It was a very fine day, but cold as the wind is from the S. After breakfast I went down to the village to post the Weekly News to the boys, carried up a bag of sand, after I came home I got firewood. In the afternoon I got marigolds from the farm orchard, sowed seeds of Pansy in a box, planted out some dwarf Nasturtiums near the summer house, and cut grass on the path.

Friday 14th May 1915

It was a fine day. Willie went to work at the quarry to day. I was working in the garden in the morning. I planted the three remaining Roses that came from Lippiatts, and cut the grass on the path.
In the afternoon I went down to meet the steamer and get the mail, carried some sand.

Thursday 13th May 1915

It was a very fine day. I went down to the village in the morning to post some letters, also went to the wharf to see the steamer off. Got some sand and John Greenwood gave me a ride up to our gate. Left his wagon outside and put his horses into our place so as to be ready for the Hui this afternoon. Tom Jennings came for some flower for Mrs Harris to decorate the dinner tables at the Pa for the feast this afternoon. All of us went over to the Pa this afternoon to witness the unveiling of the monuments erected to the memory of Parata Brown and to the old chief Kiri. There was a large party of people present, also many Maoris. Revd Tui conducted the religious service and addressed the people present. I also gave an address. Afterwards there was a grand dinner in a large marquee. In the evening there was a dance in this Hall, I went down to get the mail and attend the Library. I did not stop at the dance long.

Wednesday 12th May 1915

It was a fine day tho dull. In the morning I went down to the beach and sieved some sand, and Willie hauled some fruit down to the wharf and he brought the sand up for me.
The Hui at the Pa was put off until tomorrow. I went down to the village in the afternoon when the steamer came in to get the mail.

Monday 10th May 1915

It rained nearly all day. I was not able to do anything out of doors. Willie got a lot of firewood. I went down to the village in the pm to get the mail, heard down there that the Cunard steamer Lusitania had been torpedoed by the Germans a few miles off the Irish coast on her voyage from New York to Liverpool. She sank in a few minutes and over 1000 persons were drowned.
I wrote a long letter to Jack.

Sunday 9th May 1915

It was a fine day, wind blowing strong from NE.
Mr Mogridge a Methodist student held services in the morning & evening for the Presbyterians, I attended both services. He is a very good preacher and I enjoyed the services very much. Mrs Handby & Mr Addison were here for lunch and the latter for Tea.

Saturday 8th May 1915

It was a fine day. Wind from the E. After breakfast Mr W and I went down to the village. Stanton had come from Matakana this morning so he and Mr W. went on with the Church. I got the mail and posted some letters. When I came home I started planting the Roses I received from Lippiatt, the positions are shown on the opposite page.

Friday 7th May 1915

It was raining when we got up and it rained nearly all day. It cleared up in the evening. Mr Woods remained with us and staid the night, we played 500. Miss C A. Matheson called in the afternoon for me to witness her signature.

Thursday 6th May 1915

It was a fine day. Mrs C. Wyatt came to see my garden, I gave her some young plants, she staid for lunch.
I took a parcel down to post for Grace. Called in at Mr Woods cottage and finished fixing up the chairs for the church. Was working in the flower garden, re-planted a Duronicum plant. Angus came over and staid the night, Mr Woods also came for tea and staid the night, we played Five Hundred.
In the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.
The Roses I ordered from Lippiatt came by post this evening. Willie Dunning drove me up to our gate.