July 1927

Friday 1st    It was fine in the morning, but came on to rain in the afternoon & evening.  Went down to Dolleys to take a book & beg some parcely  [sic:  parsley]   plants.

Saturday 2nd   It was a fine day.  There was an interesting football match in the domain in the afternoon.  A team came from Auckland in a launch to Leigh to here in H. Greenwoods lorry to play against a combined Rodney.  There was a large number of onlookers, nearly 100, many car loads from Matakana &c.  There was a charge of 1/- at the gate.  The visiting team won.

Sunday 3rd   It was a fine day.  Revd Rouprecht held service in the morning.  All of them went but me.  Collection 7/2.  The parson came here for dinner.  Jim,  Jane went in the car with him to Big Omaha to see Laurence and Alma.  Mr & Mrs White are staying with them.  Laurence brought them home in the car.  Hector & Mildred went to Sunday school.  I walked round to Harry Ashtons,  Mrs Handby is keeping house for him as Mabel is in Auckland.

Monday 4th   It was a very fine day.  I weed for the 2nd time the first sown bed of onions.  I received the seeds from Yates that I ordered.

Tuesday 5th   It was  [fine]  first thing in the morning.  I stuck the sweet peas and dug up each side of them, and earthed up the Broad Beans.  It then came on to rain & I was unable to do anything more in the garden.

Wednesday 6th   It was a fine day.  I was mending clothes in the morning.  Made a new leg for a broken stool belonging to the hall & fixed it in the pm.  Called at Dolleys and borrowed two Heralds.

Thursday 7th   It was a fine day.  I sowed a row of Ailsa Craig Onions,  Also planted out 28 Onions that had come up self sown.  Jane cleaned out my room.

Friday 8th   It was fine during the day.  I planted 3 rows of White Eschallots, also manured a trench for cabbage.  Jim planted some of the self sown onions.  It rained in the evening.

Saturday 9th   It rained a lot last night, it was fine during the morning, but the weather looked threatening.  There was a Hockey match in the Domain in the afternoon between the boys under 16 of the Warkworth and Omaha schools. but it commenced to rain at about 2 pm and continued all afternoon and evening.  The boys were playing in the rain and got very wet, Warkworth won 3 goals to 2.
The parents of the boys provided a good tea, I staid at home, the others got very wet.

Sunday 10th   It did not rain in the morning, but was very dull.  I went down to Pats to change my library book.  Hector & Mildred went to sunday school in the pm.  It rained in the evening.

Monday 11th   A wet and squally day.  None of us were able to do anything outside.  I wrote a letter to the High Commissioner for N. Z. in London telling him where the Figure Head of Capt Cook’s vessel (The Industry)  was when I left England.
Mildred did not go to school on act  of the weather.

Tuesday 12th   The weather not quite so bad, but still there were a few showers.  Jim and Hector were cutting ti tree,  I went down to Dolleys to take her some garden seed and to get a book.

Wednesday 13th   A showery day.  I was not able to do anything outside.  Jim & Hector were cutting ti tree.

Thursday 14th   Heavy showers and bright sunshine between.  I did nothing outside.  Jim and Hector were cutting ti tree.

Friday 15th   It was a very fine day, and it was a treat after all the wet weather we have had.  I commenced to weed between the Daffodils. Jim and Hector were cutting ti tree.  I went down to change my library books.  The linesmen came to fix the teleprone  [sic: telephone]  in this house, but the wires are not installed yet.

Saturday 16th   It was a very fine day.  I finished weeding between the Daffodils.  Joe and Minnie came to spend the day they have not been here for a long time.  Dolly and the children came in the pm and staid for tea.  Hector helped her home with the children.  Pat had gone to play football at Mangatoroto.

Sunday 17th   It was raining last night and the greater part of this morning.  Mr Taylor a Methodist was planned to hold service in the hall this morning, but on account of the weather he did not come.  It cleared up fine in the afternoon so I went to Whitakers where I always get a kindly welcome.

Monday 18th   It was a fine day.  Jim rode to Leigh in the afternoon, he reports that Percy Smith of Matakana has the contract for building the Post Office at Leigh.
I was cutting pea sticks.  Received a wire from Henry who is in Auckland having brought up sheep for sale, asking how he could get here on Friday, so I sent him a return wire to come by train to Kaipara Flats, bus & car connect, land him at our gate.

Tuesday 19th   It was a very showery day.  I went down to Dolleys in the morning to borrow a paper,  Mrs John Greenwood was staying there so we had a nice chat.  Tom Chitty of the Tongue Farm Matakana had a clearing sale today of stock & as he had sold his farm.  Jim went in Tom Ashton’s lorry.

Wednesday 20th   It was a fine day.  It was Nancy Dunning’s first birthday.  I went down to bundle up the pea sticks I cut yesterday and to cut some more.  Laurence Whitaker came along in the car bringing Alma and Mrs Wallace to spend the day with us.  Mrs Whitaker came in the afternoon and Laurence brought the car to take them home.
I sowed seeds of Vanguard cabbage in a box.  Jane and Hector went to Wilsons in the evening to hear the wireless.

Thursday 21st   It was a fine day.  Dolly and the children and Mrs John Greenwood came to spend the day.  I took them up to the garden and gave Mrs G. some chokos, white eschallots and lima beans.

Friday 22nd   It was a showery day.  I went down to Dollys to change my library books.  Henry came by train to day and Trevor brought him to our gate.  Hector went down to meet him.  I sent a note and 2 Church Gazettes by Trevor for his mother Mrs Gravatt.

Saturday 23rd   It was a fine day, ‘tho dull.  Henry went up to see my garden in the morning.  In the pm the school boys played a hockey match against Warkworth at the latter place, the boys went in Tom Ashtons lorry,  Jane,  Minnie & Joe went with them.
There was a hockey match at the domain Omaha  V  Warkworth, the latter won,  Jim,  Mildred,  Henry & I went down to see it.

Sunday 24th   It was a fine day, ‘tho dull.  Minnie and Joe came to spend the day.

Monday 25th   It was a miserable showery day.  Henry left to day, he went in the mail car to join the train at Kaipara Flats to go to Auckland.  I was sorry he could not stay longer, as I might not see him again, he comes so seldom, and at my age life is uncertain.  I felt very low spirited when my dear boy left.

Tuesday 26th   Showery day.  No work outside.

Wednesday 27th   It was fine in the morning and late in the afternoon, heavy showers at mid day.  I made a panel at the fence at the flower garden so that I could go into the paddock to get manure.
Mr Whitaker came in the morning to tell us that Mrs Green of Matakana was dead and the funeral this afternoon.  Also that Mr Tom Scandret of Mullet Point was dead, and that Mr John Came was not expected to live.  Jim & Jane went to Mrs Greens funeral in the Whitaker’s car.

Thursday 28th   It was a very showery day.  I was not able to do anything outside.

Friday 29th   It was fine during the day. but it rained in the evening.  Mrs Handby (who has been keeping house for Harry Ashton while Mabel was away in Auckland) came to spend the day, she went down to Pats in the afternoon and will remain there until Monday when she will return to Pakiri.  In the morning I went to Pats to change a book.

Saturday 30th   A dull day, but no rain.  Jim went fishing in the afternoon, but caught nothing.  Hector & Mildred went to get pipis.

Sunday 31st   It was very foggy the first thing in the morning, but it cleared off and was a fine day, a few showers in the pm & evening.
Revd Rouprecht held service in the morning.  Jim, Jane & Hector went, the Parson & Mr & Mrs Burk and infant came here for dinner.
Wrote a letter to Mr Elliott which will be posted tomorrow.

The rainfall for July as registered at the Post Office at Warkworth was 13.80 inches, rain falling on 23 days with a fall of 5.40 inches on July 25th.