In the morning I walked up to Kens and we all went to service in the little church in Bayswater road, returned to Kens for dinner. After that returned to Wallaces. Attended the Presbyterian Church in the evening, Revd Robert Ingris officiated.
In the afternoon I went by car out to Mt Eden to call on the Grindrods, I found him busy finishing planting his Daffodils, he showed me round the garden & I had afternoon tea there and then returned to Devonport.
As I did not keep a Diary while I was away I cannot say what I did every day.
I used to go over to Auckland most days.
During this week I called on Mr Grindrod at his office Messr Hesketh & Richmonds and arranged to go out to his place on Saturday afternoon.
Called on Mr Mrs Kinlay in Albert Rd. Took his wife some bulbs and she gave me some in return.
One day I met Jim Greenwood and went with him to King Georges Pictures and we dined at the Strand Arcade.
Went up to the Domain and looked at the gardens there which are beautiful. Also went to Albert Park gardens.
Went to consult Dr P.A. Lindsay at his residence at Albert Park. I have been having giddy turns and pains at the top of my head.
Noel & his wife went over to town. In the afternoon Mr & Mrs Wallace & I walked to Bayswater, called at Kens. Met them just coming out on their way to the boat, so we all walked down to the wharf to see them off. Afterwards Mr W & I went to see Mr Inkster’s garden, we found him hard at work digging. His garden did not look so well as it did when I was there last November.
There were several slight showers.
In the morning Mrs Wallace & I went to service at Trinity Church. The church was decorated for Easter, Mr Seaton who has held services here several times for Revd Macdonald preached a very good sermon.
In the afternoon Mr Wallace took a walk to the Narrow Neck beach and home by the old Lake Road.
In the evening Mr Wallace went to the Presbyterian Church, Revd. Bertrum is leaving and preached his farewell sermon, he has accepted a call from Prahan a suburb of Melbourne.
It was a fine day.
I went to Auckland by the Kawau which left here about 12.30pm. Mr Woods & Jim Greenwood went up by her, we had a very fair passage. We arrived in Auckland about 5.30pm. Mr Wallace was in the Auckland wharf to meet me, and we immediately took the ferry over to Devonport and wagonette up to the house, where I received a hearty welcome. The house seems quite deserted now the boys are all away, Bert being the last to leave. He and Alan are in Egypt.
Noel & his wife were up from Te Kuiti for a holiday but they were out when I got there, so did not see them before I went to bed.
It was very dull when we got up and then it commenced to rain and it rained all morning, wind NW. In the afternoon the wind changed to W and it cleared up, was not able to do much out of doors. Planted a clump of Cytosine Daffodils near the Lemon Tree. Willie & Grace went fishing in the afternoon to this wharf and brought home a few small fish.
It was a fine day. I finished digging the piece of ground near the Lemon trees, I buried under it a lot of vegetable rubbish and several sackfuls of horse manure.
In the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.
The Annual Meeting of the Show was held in the evening. Willie attended.
It was a very fine day. In the morning I sowed seeds in a box of Giant Stock & Winter or Beauty of Nice Stock, commenced to dig the piece of ground near the Lemon trees.
In the afternoon I went down to the village to consult Dr Morrison.
It rained heavily last night and the ground was very wet this morning. It was too wet for Willie to work at the quarry so he staid at home and picked peas. In the afternoon he took the horse down to the wharf and hauled up 3 sacks of fowl feed. After breakfast I took a bunch of Daffodils down to Captn Ohlsen. When I came back I got firewood and worked in the garden. I finished planting Daffodils in the diamond bed, also planted 4 clumps in other places. Minnie came in the afternoon & I gave her a lot of Daffodil bulbs. Joe came for her in the evening.