All posts by CS Clarke

Wednesday 5th December 1917

It was a very hot day.  Wind still blowing from the E.   Willie and Dave were hauling out their wood.

I planted 2 Zinnias near the front gate.  Wrote a letter to Mr Wallace and posted it in the afternoon , while at the village heard that the steamer was not going to leave Auckland until 1 pm.  Willie went down after tea to get the bread, meat and mail.  Willie Dunning came in the evening to bring me 2 boxes strawberries & a newspaper.

Tuesday 4th December 1917

It was a very fine day.  Willie and Dave were cutting wood for another charcoal kiln.

My back was rather bad so I was unable to do much outside.  In the evening Willie got a wire from the Adjutant General saying that he had been called up in the ballot (second division)


Monday 3rd December 1917

It was a very fine day.  I finished digging the border leading to the front gate , raked up all the leaves.  The “Kawau” started the Monday trips again, she arrived in the evening.  Dave returned by her.

Thursday 29th November 1917

There was a slight rain first thing in the morning, but it soon cleared up and turned out a very fine day.

Dave went to Auckland in the “Kawau” which left here about 10am. Willie carted the remainder of the charcoal down to the wharf, the “Kawau” did not take any of their charcoal as she was full up with gum from Mangawai.

I took up and replanted several Dahlias near the summer house, also 5 Zinnias. I went down for the mail in the evening, there was a meeting of Fruitgrowers in the Library,  Mr Morrison of Warkworth attended to explain the business of the Fruitgrower’s federation.

Wednesday 28th November 1917

It was a very hot day. In the morning I weeded the Peas in the farm orchard. In the afternoon I went down to the steamer. Received a letter from Henry. Willie & Dave were carting their charcoal down to the wharf. In the evening there was a debate in the School on the subject “If Prohibition were carried should the Liquor trade be compensated.” Willie, Jim Wyatt and I took the affirmative and Mrs Knowles, Mr Glass, Beatie Wyatt and Jessie Wyatt took the negative. On being put to the meeting the negative had the greatest number of votes.


Tuesday 27th November 1917

It was a very hot day. After breakfast I went down to the beach and carried across to the wharf 3 bags Sand. Called in at the store for 2 hanks twine and a tin of paint for Willie & Dave, after lunch I took these things down to them, they finished sieving and sacking the second kiln, they got 3 sacks out of the 2 kilns.

I transplanted a Michaelmas Daisy.


Monday 26th November 1917

It was a very fine day. Willie and Dave sieved and bagged one of their Kilns of charcoal.

In the morning I went over to the farm orchard and stuck & tied up the Tomatoes. In the afternoon I took up & replanted the Nerine Sarniensis, also a yellow Chrysanthemum and planted 3 Larkspurs. Went down to see Willie & Dave, carried up a billy of soil. Went down to the village, Mr Torkington came up with me and staid for tea.