It was a fine day. Carpenter came from Te Araroa late last night bringing Mr Jones with him. He is in charge of the shed on the wharf. Henry & I drove to Jack’s place to spend Christmas, we had to go down to the letter box and then go up the other valley, it was pretty late when we got there. Thomas was the only man left of their men, the others are gone to Auckland. They gave us turkey, plum pudding, mince pies and other good things. Henry & I staid the night.