Saturday 9th November 1918

Henry’s 45th birthday.   It was a fine day, wind nearly S.

After breakfast I took flowers down to the Church and arranged them in the vases, then went down to the beach and carried it to the wharf, called on Mrs Gravatt, and went to Arthur Greenwoods to get the key to the Library to change my books.
Willie took his 6 small cases of Lemons down to the wharf and brought up my sand.

The “Kawau” was expected to leave Auckland for here and Mangawai at noon today, but a wire arrived saying that the crew were laid up with influenza which is very prevalent in Auckland and she would not be coming until next Wednesday.

Willie and Grace drove over to Ti Point in the afternoon.  I staid at home and dug up the remainder of the ground the upper side of the house. from the last planted Cabbages to the row of Sweet Peas.

There was a rumor  that the Germans had surrendered, but it proved to be untrue.

 

Friday 8th November 1918

It was a fine day.  Willie was digging round the Lemons in farm orchard.  In the morning I went down to the barley paddock to get some pea sticks for my sweet peas which I used in the afternoon.
I planted 18 Garden Drumhead Cabbages over a manured trench.

 

Thursday 7th November 1918

It was a fine day.  I went down to the village after breakfast to get Ernie Greenwood to take a pair of boots to Warkworth to be repaired.  Afterwards took a bunch of roses to the Captain of the “Kawau“.  Willie took his butter & eggs down to the wharf  and brought up my sand that I got yesterday.  Willie dug round his lemons in the farm orchard.  I went down for the mail in the evening.

 

Wednesday 6th November 1918

It was a very fine day.  Willie was spraying his Up to Date  Potatoes in the new garden as they have a touch of blight, he was also digging round the Lemons in the farm orchard.  I was digging between the vegetables the top side of the house, also cutting the grass in the drain near the house and paring it all off.

Write a letter to Mr Grindrod.  Went down to the village in the afternoon, carried two bags of sand across to the wharf.

 

Tuesday 5th November 1918

Guy Fawkes Day.   It was a very fine day.  After breakfast I went down to the village to get the mail, called in at Mr Dunnings to have a look at the papers, heard that Austria had surrendered unconditionally.   Willie was digging round the Lemons in the farm orchard.  I was digging among the vegetables the upper side of the house.

 

Monday 4th November 1918

It was a very fine day, wind SW.   Willie was digging  between his lemons in the farm orchard.  I was digging between the vegetables the upper side of the house and preparing the ground for the plants which I afterwards planted.  I planted out 8 Tomato plants about 4 ft apart and also planted 29 lettuces between the rows  of peas.

 

Sunday 3rd November 1918

There were a few slight showers otherwise it was a fine day.  Harold Knaggs came in the morning to spend the day.  Harold Torkington drove over to take Mrs Simpson back to their place, he staid for dinner and then Mrs S went back with him,  Jim Wyatt came for tea.  Revd Macdonald held service in the evening, I was the only one from this house that went, there were 23 present.

There was Holy Communion in the morning.  3 present.
Collections    Communion                1 . 6
                              Evening Service      11 . 7    
                                               Total               13 . 1
Albert Wyatt’s baby boy was baptized at 10 am in the Church by Revd Macdonald.

 

Friday 1st November 1918

It was fine first thing in the morning, but the wind has got round to NE.  After breakfast Mrs Simpson went down to get the mail, it came on to rain and she had to take shelter at Mr A. Dunnings and came home in a lull.

It thundered very loud and rained heavily in the afternoon.  There should have been a meeting of the Ratepayers Association in the evening but on account of the weather only a few turned up so there was no meeting.