All posts by CS Clarke

Monday 24th December 1917

It was a fine day, ‘tho very windy.  I planted out 4 Canterbury Bells & 1 Verbena .  In the afternoon I went to Duncan Mathesons,  I took Mrs D some Roses and I begged some white flowers to decorate the Church for tomorrows evening Christmas service.   Willie was spraying the fruit trees in this orchard.  Willie & Grace went to the Mutual Improvement Meeting in the school in the evening.


Sunday 23rd December 1917

It was a fine day, but very windy.  Willie, Grace & Raymond drove to Ti Point to spend the day with Joe, Minnie & Family,  I should have gone, but my back was too bad & I did not care to venture in the wind.  I attended the Methodist service in the afternoon.


Saturday 22nd December 1917

There was rain first thing this morning, but it soon cleared up and turned out a fine day.  Willie  & Dave were carting their charcoal down to the wharf.

In the morning I went down to the wharf to get the mail.  A working bee was erecting the fence at the Hall.


Friday 21st December 1917

It was a fine day.  I was working in the garden in the morning, in the afternoon I went down to the flat where Willie and Dave are burning charcoal,  their kiln has burned out and so they are sieving and bagging it, I sowed the bags up,  there were 60 in the kiln.


Monday 17th December 1917

It was a fine day.  Dave went down below to build the kiln.  I was working in the garden.  I planted 5 Dahlia roots and 4 Miniture Sunflowers.  Dave took the sulky to Matakana to meet Willie, Grace & Raymond who came up from Auckland by the “Kotiti“, they did not arrive home until 10 pm.


Sunday 16th December 1917

It was a very fine day, but the wind was blowing very strong from the W.  I went in the cream cart as far as Jim’s, had dinner there and we all went to the Presbyterian service in the Hall in the afternoon,  Mr Gould,  a Home Missionary who succeeds Mr Boyle at Warkworth, conducted the service and made a favourable impression,  I returned to Jims for tea and walked home in the evening in time to help Dave milk the cows.

Saturday 15th December 1917

It was a very fine day.  Grace and Raymond went to Auckland in the “Kawau” which left here at 10 am, thus Dave and I were left on our own.  Dave was working at the charcoal kiln.  I did some washing , ironed some shirts, burned some oyster shells in the garden and got Daves dinner.  Mr Addison called in the pm to ask me to make his will.

Inie & May Dunning called in the evening, I gave them a lot of flowers.