November 1896

Sunday 1st   It was a fine day.  John rode to Eyres point, Te Arai, returning here for dinner.  I read service in the Hall in the afternoon.  The Miss Fordhams and Miss Hardings  were absent so I had to lead the singing.  John went to Dunnings for tea.

Monday 2nd   It was a showery day and a strong wind blowing from the S.   John beat down the piece of ground near the pigs paddock gate, we then commenced to dig near the Rhubarb, digging in stockyard manure , we left space for 2 rows of cabbages, we then sowed 1 row of Red Beet and 9 rows of Hollow Crown Parsnips.
There was a party up at Miss Hardings in the evening, John and the girls went.

Tuesday 3rd   There were a few showers during the day.  We took a Dump of Wool down to the Wharf in the morning with 2 pair of bullocks and hauled up 2 sacks of gravel and 1 Bag of Flour from Harpers.  Afterwards we scarified the piece of ground near the pigs paddock gate with the young bullocks.
After dinner we finished sowing Hollow Crown Parsnips , 12 inches apart, we have 13 rows put in.  Afterwards we sowed 5 hills of Kumakumas.
John Wyatt was here for tea.  Jane went up to Mauds.

Wednesday 4th   Several showers during the day.  Cold wind blowing from the S.
We planted 15 hills of Pumpkins below the bow window.  Sowed a double row of White Dutch Beans.  In the afternoon we sowed 6 rows of Dun Beans next to the Potatos at the bottom of the orchard.
D. Kempt came in the evening and staid all night, as he is going to ride to Auckland in the morning with John.

Thursday 5th  John and D. Kempt started for Auckland at about 5.30 am.  It was a very fine day.  I stuck the 3 rows of Peas the top side of the house.

Friday 6th   It was a fine day.     I went down to the post Office in the morning.  I dug round trees in the orchard during the day.
Killed a Sheep in the evening and went to the Library to take Mr Knagg’s place who had to stay at home on account of his wife’s illness.

Saturday 7th   It was a fine day.    I took the mutton out in the morning and dug near the land slip.  In the afternoon I worked in the flower garden.

Sunday 8th   It was a fine day.     I read service in the Hall in the afternoon, the congregation was not large on account of so many young people being in Auckland.

Monday 9th   It was a fine day.    I was digging near the land slip.
John returned from Auckland in the evening.

Tuesday 10th   It was fine in the morning, but the wind has changed to the NE.   We got the Sheep up and began to shear under the Pine tree in the pigs paddock, there were a few slight showers in the afternoon and we left off early and put the Sheep in the horse paddock.  Mrs Wm Savage was here for Tea.  Mr Grierson, Inspector of Schools, inspected the School today.  Willie passed into the 4th Standard.  It came on to rain in the evening.

Wednesday 11th   It was a fine day.    The “Rose Casey” made a cheap excursion to the Auckland Show, Minnie went up by her for a weeks holiday.
The polling for the County Council took place in the Public Hall today, Messrs G. Knaggs & J. C. Wyatt were the candidates, the polling was as follows.
Knaggs
Wyatt

We were mending up the fence on the farm between our place and Frearsons in the morning.  In the afternoon we continued shearing.

Thursday 12th   It was a showery day.  We finished mending the fence on the farm between our place and Frearsons in the morning.
In the afternoon we pitched a lot of tea tree firewood over the fence on to the road ready to haul home.

Friday 13th   It was a fine day.  We were making a drain to cut the spring at the gateway leading on to the road in the morning.  We castrated and ear marked  the calves in the afternoon.  Killed a Sheep in the evening and went down to the Post Office.

Saturday 14th   It was a fine day.   Got the 3 pair of bullocks up in the morning and hauled 2 large loads of tea tree firewood.

Sunday 15th   It rained a little last night and early this morning, but it turned out a fine day.  I read service in the afternoon in the Hall.
Honor Wyatt was here for dinner and the Miss Hardings and C. Gravatt were here for tea.  We picked nearly a bucket full of Strawberries which we had for tea.

Monday 16th   There was a shower of rain in the morning, but the ground soon dried up again.  We planted some Kumera shoots in the ground that we have prepared for them near the Pigs paddock gate.
In the afternoon we dot the Sheep into Frearson’s sheep pen next our land to take our sheep away that were in there.  There were 6 sheep which we sheared and put over the fence, there were also 3 Lambs.
1  Ram Lamb with long tail which we left
1  Wether
1  Ewe

Tuesday 17th   It was a fine day.   Jack got the Bullocks up early in the morning to yoke them up to go to Pakiri to haul his gum home, but Gilbert was lame from some unknown cause so he could not use them.  Willie Brown came to buy Syman & Gilbert, but on account of Gilbert being lame he did not buy them, but he bought Redman for £4 which he took away.
We got the Sheep up into the yard under the pines and sheared them all but 16 which we kept in the Pigs paddock all night.  There were 2 Wethers of  W. Frearsons and 1 Wether in with ours which I bought for 7/- each.
The excursionists to the Auckland Show returned by the Rose Casey.  Minnie came back with Eva Frearson.  Maud & the baby came down to the Steamer and staid all night.

Wednesday 18th   It was a fine day.   Jack finished shearing the 16 Sheep in the morning.  In the afternoon we packed the Wool  getting 68 fleeces in one bale.

Thursday 19th   It was a fine day.   We scarified the orchard with the young bullocks in the morning.  In the afternoon Jack rode to Tomarata returning in the evening.  Maud returned home in the afternoon, Jane went with her.

Friday 20th   It was a fine day.   I rode to Matakana with C. Wyatt  in the morning to sign a declaration before Mr G. Cruickshank  J. P.  as I am going to be deputy  R. O. at Omaha at the General Election.
When I returned in the afternoon Jack & I took down the Bale of Wool to the Wharf.  We Killed a Sheep in the evening the one I bought of Willie Brown.  While I was away in the morning Jack planted holes of Pie Melon,  Cucumbers & Squashes.

Saturday 21st   It was misty and showery early in the morning, but it turned out a hot day.  There was a Cricket Match at Mullet Point between the local team and the Omaha club.  Jack played on the Omaha side and Omaha wont the match.
There was a meeting in the Hall in the evening of persons interested in placing the Hall on a more satisfactory footing.   C. Gravatt staid here all night.

Sunday 22nd   It was a fine day.   I read service in the Hall in the afternoon, there was a very fair congregation.   We all went  up to Miss Hardings for tea and to spend the evening.    C. Gravatt,
J. Dunning  &  J. Williams were also there.

Monday 23rd   It was a fine day.   Jack returned to Tomarata this morning to dig gum.  I did odd jobs about the house.  There was a meeting of the Organ Committee at the School in the afternoon.

Tuesday 24th   It was a fine day.   I was weeding the Onions in the E.R.  in the morning.  I went down to the Steamer in the evening.  The Revd  A. English came up by her to hold services in the district, he staid at our house.

Wednesday 25th   It was a fine day.   The Salvationists  held a picnic on the beach at the head of the cove in the afternoon.  Willie and  I went to it  and had tea with them, they had some games in the Hall in the evening, but none of us went.  Messrs A. Matheson  &  D. Kempt came here to consider matters in connection with the Hall.

Thursday 26th   It was a fine day.   I was digging round he trees in the orchard.  John returned from Tomarata in the evening for the Orchestra practice and staid all night.

Friday 27th   It was a fine day.   I finished weeding the Onions in the E.R. , I sowed Superphosphate  between the drills and hoed it in.  I also sowed a row of Veitch’s Perfection Peas where the Turnips came out.
Revd English went over to Mr Birdsalls in the morning to stay until Sunday.  John returned to Tomarata in the morning.
We killed a Sheep in the evening.

Saturday 28th   It was a fine day.   I went up the hill in the afternoon and called at several houses and had tea at John Greenwood Junr.
There was a Road Board meeting in the Hall in the evening.  John returned from Tomarata in the afternoon.

Sunday 29th   It was a fine day.   Revd A. English conducted service in the Hall in the pm.  There were over 60 present and the collection was 17/7.   Mr English went up the hill with the Greenwoods, had tea at Johns and preached at Pakiri in the evening.  D.  Kempt were here for tea.

Monday 30th   It was a fine day, there were some slight showers, but nothing to speak of.  John was at home and we intended to dip the Sheep, but we could not get any Dipping Powder at the Store, so we planted some Kumeras.  Jane went up to Mauds and took her some Kumera plants.  Revd English returned from Pakiri in the afternoon.
John hauled down Miss Harding’s piano down to the Hall in the evening  ready for the concert tomorrow night.