Sunday 25th October 1914

It was a fine day, but dull. Mr & Mrs A. Greenwood & children, Mrs Simpson, Harold, Flo & children came to spend the day. Young Mr Addison came in the afternoon to have a look round, and he staid tea. A Mr Campbell, Presbyterian student held service in the Hall both morning and evening. I attended both services, & Mr Addison accompanied me in the evening.

 

Saturday 24th October 1914

It was a very fine day. Willie was digging in the farm orchard all day. In the morning I sowed a row of Dun    Beans in the farm orchard. In the afternoon I cleaned up the summer house, cut the grass on the paths and did a lot of straightening up.

 

Friday 23rd October 1914

It was a very fine day. In the morning I got firewood and then I was helping Willie dig in the farm orchard. In the afternoon I sowed a row of major Convolvulus next the wire netting fence, went down to the wharf in the evening when the “Kawau” arrived from Auckland and got the mail.

Thursday 22nd October 1914

It was a fine day, but the wind blowing strong from SW.

After breakfast I walked up to Mr Murrays to have a talk with him, staid for lunch. Willie was digging in the farm orchard. In the evening I went down for the mail & attended the Library. There was a meeting of the Show Committee, also Tennis ditto . Willie attended the former.

 

Wedneday 21st October 1914

It was a very fine day. Willie was digging in the farm orchard in the morning, I was writing letters and afterwards I went to the farm orchard to help Willie dig out sorrell. In the afternoon Willie took his butter & eggs down to the steamer. I also went down & sieved some sand and Willie hauled it up for me.

Grace & Willie went to Mr Glass in the evening.

 

Tuesday 20th October 1914

It was a very fine day. In the morning I was helping Willie loosening the ground between the Potatoes we finished them before dinner.

In the afternoon Willie took the horse down to the wharf and hauled up  25 lbs of fowl  feed that came yesterday.

I sowed a row of Sweat Peas near the summer house, also seeds of 10 Weck Stock pot saved seed. Planted out 6 Caliopsis, 2 Verbenas, 1 Light Pelargoniums, 1 Double Pink Godetia, 1 Dimiophotheca.

 

Monday 19th October 1914

It was a very fine day. Wind SE. Willie was flat hoeing between the Potatoes in the garden & in the pig’s paddock, I was loosening & breaking lumps round the potatoes & round the young apple trees. I got firewood, also soil from the other side of the hill, planted 2 Verbenas. Went down to the wharf in the afternoon when the steamer arrived, 2 big horses and a dray came down for Archie Dunning to be used on his contract for carting metal.

 

Sunday 18th October 1914

It rained during the night and early this morning, but cleared up later in the morning, the wind changed round to SW and blew strong. We had an early dinner and Charlie Dunning gave me a ride home in the cream cart as far as his place, when I arrived home I found that Grace & Willie had gone out in the sulky first to H Torkingtons and then to Jim’s. After I got home I went to Mr Glass’, had a look round his orchard and staid there for tea.

 

Saturday 17th October 1914

It was fine in the morning. In the morning Willie was digging in the farm orchard, in the afternoon he went fishing. In the morning I picked out young seedling plants into boxes of the following. Duilled Aster, Yen-weak Strek & 4 varieties of Wallflowers.

In the afternoon I gathered a bunch of flowers and walked over to the Claim, the opening of the Tennis season was held on the courts in the Domain, a general invitation was given and a great number attended, soon after I got there it came over very black and it commenced to rain and continued all evening, we had to adjourn to the Hall for tea at 4.30, at 6.30 they commenced dancing and kept it up till 11.30pm. I staid at Jim’s, we left the Hall at 11pm.

 

Friday 16th October 1914

It was a fine day and very calm. In the morning I went to the farm orchard, got some more pea sticks and finished sticking the second row of Peas and afterwards I dug up between the rows.

After dinner Willie & I went down to the wharf when the steamer arrived got the mail, carried up some sand. After I came home I planted out several Caliopsis Dummeonde near the summer house, after that I cut the grass under the eve of the lower side of the house and put the Dahlia roots there to shoot. Willie was digging in the farm orchard.