August 1901

Thursday 1st   Showery day.  We were pulling up tea tree.

Friday 2nd   A showery day.   We were pulling up tea tree.   I went down to the Library in the evening, there was a meeting of the Committee.

Saturday 3rd   It was a squally day, but not much rain.  Willie and I got a good stock of wood in the morning, and we were pulling tea tree in the afternoon.
Annie Harper came for tea and Dan Kempt came in the evening. Annie staid all night.

Sunday 4th   It was a fine day.  I went down to the Hall in the pm, but there was no service.  Walter Frearson and Ted Harper were here for tea.

Monday 5th   It was a beautiful day, so warm and calm.  Willie and I were pulling tea tree.  Miss Hutchinson and her sister came for tea and spent the day.

Tuesday 6th   It was a fine day.   I took the Eggs down to the Store in the morning and I waited until the “Rose Casey” came, she went away again about 12.30.  I ordered a Sack of Sharps & a Sack of Bran from Harpers and he delivered it in the afternoon.  Willie and I were cutting tea tree.

Wednesday 7th   It was a beautiful day, so warm and calm.   Willie and I were digging in the front garden.  The ground has dried up wonderfully.

Thursday 8th   It was a beautiful day.  Willie and I were digging in the front garden.

Friday 9th   It rained nearly all day.  We got a lot of firewood in the pm.  It was too wet in the evening to get the mail.

Saturday 10th   It was a showery day.  I went down for the mail in the morning, also changed my book at the Library.  Dan Kempt called in the morning

Sunday 11th   It was pretty fine in the morning, but it was showery in the afternoon.  Willie rode over to Ti Point to spend the day.  Jane and I went down to the Hall in the afternoon, but there was no service.  The “Kawau” called in the afternoon on her way to Auckland.
Charlie put 2 Horses in the E.R. to graze.

Monday 12th   It was a showery day.  Willie and I were cutting tea tree all day.

Tuesday 13th   It was a fairly fine day.  We were cutting tea tree in the morning.  Went down to the village in the afternoon to take the Eggs to the Store.  There was a parcel of books came up by the Steamer for the Library.  Also the bulbs I ordered from Yates came up.  Jane rode to Ti Point in the afternoon and staid all night.

Wednesday 14th   It was a fine day.  Willie and I finished digging the piece of ground in front of the house, also mended the fence near the pig sty.  Mrs Ernest Gravatt came in the afternoon to get me to witness her signature in connection of her late husbands estate.
Jane returned from Ti Point in the evening.

Thursday 15th   My 58th birthday.  There were several showers last night, but it turned out a fine day, there was only a sharp shower while we were having dinner.
We were cutting tea tree in the morning, after dinner we were forming paths in the flower garden, but the ground is so wet we could do nothing else so had to go back to the tea tree cutting.

Friday 16th   It was a beautiful day.  I went down to the village after breakfast , Revd E. M. Cowie came up early this morning in the “Rob Roy“, he is going to conduct the services next Sunday.   We were cutting tea tree all day.  I went down for the mail and to the Library in the evening, there was a meeting of the Flower Show Committee.
Revd E. M. Cowie came and staid the night with us.

Saturday 17th   It was a beautiful day, Mr Cowie left to go over to Big Omaha visiting.  Willie went fishing to Ti Point.  There was a meeting of the Road Board.  Dan Kempt came up here for tea.

Sunday 18th   It was a dull day, but no rain.   Revd E. M. Cowie held service in the morning,  11 am.  There wer 50 present, 16 Communicants and Offeratory 17/-
Mr & Mrs Jos Greenwood & children,  Mr & Minnie Pratt and Joe & Minnie were here for dinner & D. Kempt for tea.

Monday 19th   It was a fine day.  Jane rode to Ti Point to spend the day.  Willie and I were working in the front garden.  The “Rose Casey” came in about 8.30 pm.

Tuesday 20th   It was a fine day.  I took the Eggs down to the Store after breakfast, I went down afterwards when the Rose went away at 11 am.   Willie and I were working in the front garden.   Jane went up to Miss Hutchinson’s in the afternoon.

Wednesday 21st   It was a fine day.  We mended up the fence at the top side of the house, afterwards planted out 2 Oban peaches and 1 Sea Eagle peach in this orchard.  Mrs Sim called in the afternoon.

Thursday 22nd   The wind is blowing strong from the SE and there was a little rain in the afternoon.  We mended up the farm orchard fence in the morning and planted 1 Sea Eagle peach there, afterwards pruned trees, Mrs George Wyatt spent the day here.

Friday 23rd   It was a fine day, but still blowing hard.  I was pruning in the farm orchard and Willie started to dig.  I went down for the mail and to the Library in the evening.

Saturday 24th   It was a fine day, but the wind still blowing strong.  I was pruning in the farm orchard in the morning and Willie digging.  Jane rode over to Williams’ in the afternoon and staid there.  I walked up to John Greenwoods in the afternoon and had tea there, called in at Kempts.  Willie went to the Pa Beach.

Sunday 25th   It was a fine day and the wind has moderated, but there is a good serf on the beach.  Willie and I went over to Ti Point to spend the day with Joe & Minnie, we went to the back beach in the pm.  Revd G. Frost held service in the Hall in the afternoon.
Mr Handby called in the evening.

Monday 26th   It was a very fine day and the wind has gone down without rain.  Jane returned from Williams’ in the morning.
Willie & I took the bullock down to the Store and got a Sack of B & B manure, we also sieved some black sand on the back and hauled some of it up.  Willie was digging in the farm orchard in the afternoon and I was planting in the new flower garden.

Tuesday 27th   It was a dull day and the wind is blowing from NE.
I heard today that old Mrs Haskell died last night and is to be buried tomorrow.  I was planting Gladioliis bulbs in the front garden in the morning.  In the afternoon Willie and I went down to the Steamer.
There was to have been a Social in the Hall tonight, but on account of Mrs Haskells death it was put off.  Jane rode over to Mr Sims to tell them and stop them from starting.

Wednesday 28th   It did not rain, but it was a dull day & threatening.  Wind still blowing from NE.
In the morning I was pruning in the farm orchard and Willie was digging .
At 2 pm Mrs Haskell was buried in the Cemetery,  Revd R. McKinney officiated.

Thursday 29th   It was a very dull day, but it did not rain, the wind was blowing strong from NE.
I went down to the Store first thing in the morning to get some Tomato Seed and a garden line.  The “Kotiti” had just gone out, she seemed to have a very rough time, Bowden Birdsall sent away 96 sheep by her.   Jane went to Matakana with Mrs Sim to see Mrs Jack Cruickshank, she returned in the evening.
I sowed some Tomato Seed in a box, also the following flower seeds Mina Lobata,  Heuchera,  Vinca Canterbury Bell,  Carnation & Pansy.  In the afternoon we commenced planting Potatoes the top side of the house.

Friday 30th   It rained heavily early this morning, but it cleared up.
I took some letters down to the  P. O.  in the morning.
It was too wet to continue planting Potatoes, so we went over to the farm orchard,  I was pruning and Willie was digging.  I went to the Library in the evening.  Dan Kempt brought me some plants.

Saturday 31st   It was a beautiful day, Willie went fishing to Ti Point.  I was laying out the flower garden and planting the plants that Miss Kempt sent me.  Miss Hutchinson was here for tea.

Memo   The Fowls laid 860 Eggs  during the month of August 1901
=  71 Doz & 8.   Value £1 . 15 . 6½