All posts by CS Clarke

Wednesday 24th February 1915

It was a very hot day. In the morning I took up a clump of Yellow Ixius and re-planted them a little further over, also planted a clump of Grand Monaique Narcissus near Mrs David McKee’s rose tree.
In the afternoon I picked a case of Peaches & 2 cases of Bon Chretien Pears and packed a box of Eggs, afterwards went down to the village for the mail. Willie hauled the fruit & eggs down to the wharf in the evening.

Monday 22nd February 1915

It was a very fine day. Willie staid at home to dig potatoes & I helped him in the morning. In the pm I went down on to the road near our bottom gate and burned the blackberry that I slashed down some time ago and then chopped out all the canes and put them into a heap for burning another time, also got some firewood.

Sunday 21st February 1915

It was a fine day. After lunch I walked over to the Claim to church, Revd Spiers (Methodist) officiated, he preached a splendid sermon. Minnie and I went home with Jim & Jane for tea and I walked home in the evening.

Saturday 20th February 1915

It was a very hot day. The Warkworth Show was to day. A few from here went over.
In the morning I went down to the village to catalogue some magazines that came by the Steamer last night. Minnie was up here for lunch and she and Grace went down to Tennis in the afternoon.

Friday 19th February 1915

It was a very fine day. In the morning I got firewood, afterwards worked in the flower garden, I planted clumps of Bride Gladiolus, Star Ixia & Grande Monaique Jonquill.
Went down to the village in the evening to get the mail.

Thursday 18th February 1915

It was a very fine day. The wind has gone round to the SW. Being very tired we did not get up very early. After breakfast Willie drove Jane & children home and he brought home a bag of sand for me. After lunch we went down to the Hall to clear up. I went down to the village in the evening to get the mail and attend the Library. It was a very dark night & a shower of rain.

Wednesday 17th February 1915

The morning broke dark and lowering and a misty rain set in and it had every indication of a wet day but it cleared up but it was a dull day. The threatening weather would no doubt keep many away from the show.
Willie took three Jersey heifers to the show and got a prize for each of them. I put in a collection of flowers and got 1st Prize.
Willie got 1st prize for Collection of Fruit also a prize for everything they put in. The exhibits in the Hall were equal in quality to other years, the fruit being exceptionally good, the vegetables were not so numerous but of good quality.
The “Kawau” arrived from Auckland with excursionists about noon, among them being Mr Mander M.P. and Mr Woods who has the contract for the new Anglican Church which is to be built at Leigh. I renewed my acquaintance with him and we had a long talk with him about old times at S. Thomas’ Church Auckland. I had lunch at Mr Archie Dunnings and we came home for tea, and went down to the Hall again in the evening to the concert which was very enjoyable, Mr Mander was Chairman.
There was dance afterwards but none of us staid, Jane and the children came up here and staid the night. We were all very tired after a long strenuous day.

Tuesday 16th February 1915

It was a fine day. Willie staid at home and was getting ready his collection of fruit for the show tomorrow. Jim came over to our place in the afternoon to get the sulky to drive Jane & children over to our place to be ready for the show.
At I went to C. Gravatt’s to read the Burial service over their baby, part of the service we had in the house.
When Jim came back with the sulky Willie took his exhibits down to the hall.

Monday 15th February 1915

It rained last night after we went to bed but the sun to day soon dried it up.
In the morning I took up and re-planted a clump of Paper White Narcissus and got a lot of firewood.
In the afternoon I took up a clump of Bride Gladiolus and planted again half of them, then went down to the wharf when the Steamer came in, got the mail and carried up a bag of sand and a drapery parcel for Grace. Heard while I was down there that Mrs Ted Harper was confined of a daughter last Saturday, also that Mrs C. Gravatt’s baby boy died this afternoon. I went to see Mrs Gravatt in the evening.