June 1898

Wednesday 1st   It was a fine day.   We got the Sheep up from the farm, we sprinkled them with sheep dip – there were 7 of W. Frearsons which he took away.
Jane rode up to Mauds.  John & I took the bullocks down to the wharf and hauled up the corrugated iron,  after, we hauled 4 loads of firewood.  Henry was cutting ti tree.
Miss Fordham and Herbert came to spend the evening.

Thursday 2nd   It was a fine day.   John & Henry were cutting ti tree in the E.R.  –  I was burning heaps in the front.

Friday 3rd   It was a fine day.   Wind still blowing from SW.  I went down to the Post Office in the morning.
The boys were cutting ti tree in the morning and forming a road up to the stockyard in the afternoon.  I planted 1 row of Tree Onions.
We killed a Sheep in the afternoon.  Miss Niccol & Minnie came here for tea and then the young people went to a Negro entertainment at Dacres Claim Hall.  I went to look after the Library in the evening.

Saturday 4th   It was a fine day.   I took the mutton down to Harpers in the morning with the Bullocks and hauled up 100 lb Flour and some Maize  (20 lb),  hauled a load of firewood afterwards.
Henry went shooting and John cut ti tree in the E.R.  I set fire to heaps on the road opposite Charlies orchard.
There was a meeting of the Farmers Association at Harpers in the evening,  Mr Witten was elected President and I Secretary and Treasurer.  There was also Skating in the Hall.

Sunday 5th   Trinity Sunday.  It was very dull all day and a few slight showers.  I read service in the Hall in the afternoon, there was a very small congregation.  Jim Dunning was here for tea.

Monday 6th   A change in the weather, wind from the E.  showery all morning.  Henry went shooting.  It rained all the afternoon.  Walter was here for tea.

Tuesday 7th   It was a fine day.  The wind has changed round to the S.  John was cutting ti tree in the E.R.   Henry went shooting.  I went down to the Store in the morning to take the Eggs and post some letters.
I was sowing grass seed in the pm on the burnt heaps in front.

Wednesday 8th    It was a fine day.   The boys were cutting ti tree in the E.R.  I was making the road near the stockyard.
Walter Wyatt came here to be married to Blanche Birkett.  Being the first marriage that I solemnized I presented the bride with a pair of white kid gloves.
Walter gave a social in the Hall in the evening, there were about 100 present.  Maud & Florrie came in the morning and was present at the wedding.

Thursday 9th   The “Kawau” called into here and took Walter, his bride and Alfie to Auckland.  Walter is going to make his home at the Kawau.
Got the bullocks up and hauled two rolls of wire netting from the wharf to the E.R.  also hauled some posts to fence in a garden and then I hauled up a Sack of Maize & ½Cwt Potatoes from Harpers Store.
Maud & Florrie returned home in the afternoon.

Friday 10th    It was a fine day.   We were fencing in a garden in the E.R. with posts and sheep netting.  Killed a Sheep in the evening.  I went to the Library in the evening to deliver the keys over to Mr Knaggs.  We all went to Mrs Fordhams to spend the evening except Willie.

Saturday 11th   It was a fine day.   Henry went shooting up at Mauds.  John & I finished the fence in the E.R.

Sunday 12th   It was a dull day.  Harold Torkington came to spend the day.  I read service in the Hall in the  pm.

Monday 13th   It was a dull day.  Henry went shooting to Pakiri.  Charlie Wyatt came and was working here putting  Iron the roof of the lean to, we stripped all the shingles off.  John was helping him.
Mrs,  Miss & Herbert Fordham came to spend the evening.

Tuesday 14th   It was a very dull day, and looks threatening for rain. Charlie Wyatt came and finished putting the Iron on the lean-to.
I packed 11 Sheep Skins, also put 8 Young Roosters in to a Crate and hauled them down to the Wharf in the morning.
Henry Brown came and brought me a Young Barrow Pig.
Herbert Fordham went away in the Steamer and took some Sheep with him.

Wednesday 15th   It was a fine day, rather dull in the morning, but the sun shone out in the afternoon.  The boys cut down the 4 large Pine trees in the front of the house.
John rode up to Kempts in the pm.  Harper took Tom Wyatts out of the farm.  It will have been in 10 weeks on Friday.
The young people of the district gave us a surprise party in the evening, 20 came and we spent a very pleasant evening.

Thursday 16th    It was a fine day.   The boys were cutting ti tree in the E.R. and also on the farm.  I planted 3 rows of Tree Onions & 1 row  ( 24 ) Cabbage Plants.
John rode up to Mauds after tea and staid all night.
Miss Niccol came here for tea and staid all night as Minnie had gone up to Mauds and was going to stay all night.

Friday 17th   It was a dull day and threatening for rain, wind blowing strong from NE.   Henry was cutting ti tree on the farm.  I wheeled away the clay that was excavated in making the road up to the stockyard.  I raised the floor of the smoke house and banked it up with turf.  Killed a Sheep in the afternoon.

Saturday 18th   It was a dull day.  Misty rain, but nothing to speak of.  Henry went shooting.  John was cutting ti tree on the farm in the morning and making a drain at the big gate in the afternoon.  The boys went to the skating in the evening.

Sunday 19th    It was a fine day with the exception of a slight shower at noon.   It was a very calm day.  The wind went round to SW in the pm. I read service in the Hall in the pm.

Monday 20th    It was a fine day.   Henry went to Pakiri shooting. John was cutting tea tree on the farm.  I was cutting off the branches of the pine trees in front.  Miss & Dan Kemt came to spent the evening.  I put the Bacon & Hams in the smoke house to smoke.

Tuesday 21st    It was a fine day though rather dull.  John was cutting tea tree on the farm.  I took the bullocks down to the Store in the morning and hauled up a Sack of Sharps for the Fowls.  I removed a seedling Peach tree into the orchard and commenced to plant Strawberry plants near the front gate.
Miss Niccol & Minnie came to spend the evening.

Wednesday 22nd   It was a very wet day, and a gale of wind blowing from the S and SE.  We were not able to do anything out of doors. John went to the sand spit shooting and brought home 1 Rabbit and he was wet through.

Thursday 23rd   The wind has gone down and it was pretty fine, with the exception of a heavy shower about 2 pm.The boys were cutting ti tree on the farm, I was pulling up ti tree in the front.  We all went to Miss Niccols to spend the evening.

Friday 24th   It was a showery day.  I was mending up the fence that was blown down between the barley paddock & the front.
John went rabbit shooting to the sand spit, he shot 9 rabbits and brought home 7.  It rained very heavy in the morning.

Saturday 25th   The weather was not so bad in the morning, but it was very showery in the afternoon.
Henry was out shooting all day.  I took the mutton out in the morning.  John helped me to mend up fenced and he cut a young bull (Judy’s calf).    I was pulling up ti tree in the pm.  Miss Niccol came here for tea and then went down to the rinking in the evening with the young people.

Sunday 26th   It was a showery day.  Jane rode up to Mauds returning in the afternoon.  I read service in the Hall in the afternoon,  there were only 12 present.  The young people went to Mr C. Gravatts in the evening.

Monday 27th   It was a showery day.  We got the Sheep up from the farm in the morning, we put 20 Lambs into the barley paddock and 10 out into the front with the wethers, we put the remainder out on to the farm.  The remainder of the day we were cutting ti tree.
Henry went shooting to Pakiri.

Tuesday 28th   It was a fine day.   I was cutting ti tree in the morning.  Henry went out shooting.
John, Henry & Jane went to Auckland by the Steamer, I hauled their luggage down with the bullocks.  Jane was going on a visit to Mrs Harding and the boys were contemplating going to Tologo Bay in search of work.  The mid winter holidays commenced today so Miss Niccol went to Auckland, Minnie came to keep house for us.
Henry was home     13  weeks
John   ditto                     7  weeks

Wednesday 29th    It was a fine day.   Willie & I were cutting ti tree on the farm.  Mr Jas Darroch and Mr Jas Dunning of Devonport called, the latter to ask for support for his new Steamer he is building for the Warkworth and Omaha trades.

Thursday 30th    It was a fine day.   Willie & I were cutting ti tree on the farm all day.
Memo’  The Fowls laid 95 Eggs during the month of June.
being 7 Doz and 11.  Valued at 10s  .  11d