Friday 11th May 1917

A calm day, but the city and harbour were enveloped in fog. Left Mr Wallaces and went over to Auckland. The fog was so dense the ferry boats had a job to find their way across the harbour. Took my luggage to the “Kawau” and then went up Queen St to make purchase of a few things to take home. We left the wharf at noon, the fog being still very dense and we had a job to make out Tiri or the Kawau Island. Ernest Wyatt, young Archie Dunning & Charlina Bond were also on board, we arrived at Leigh at 4pm. Jane was down to meet me & Willie came down with the sulky later on. Jane went up with us and in the evening Jane & I went down to the Hall to a social to provide funds to erect a Roll of Honour to the boys who have gone to the front.

I was glad to get back to my old home again. During my absence Willie & Grace had legally adopted a beautiful little boy – they have named him Raymond Charles.