November 1917

Thursday 1st   It was a fine day.
Willie and Dave were working in the orchard.  I was raking down the ground round the roses. The rain we had yesterday has done a lot of good.  I planted a Penstemon and a Guillardia.  In the evening I went down for the mail, called at Mrs Gravatt’s.  Heard that Willie Haskell was Killed in action in France on the 12th of October.

Friday 2nd   It was a very fine day.  My cold was much worse and so I was in bed most of the day.  Willie & Dave were working in the orchard digging the strips round the trees. Grace went down to get the mail in the evening and called in at Mr Dunnings.
Mrs Knowles called here in the evening.

Saturday 3rd   It was a fine day.  Felt better this morning so I got up early.
Dave took his trap down to the village in the morning to get some empty egg boxes, so I went down with him to get some sand, but the tide was full in, so I got some gravel.  Cut the grass on the path from the front gate.  Maggie Harper brought a wire from Mr Macdonald saying that he had received an accident and asking me to take the service tomorrow so I arranged to have service at 2.30 .

Sunday 4th    It was a very fine day.
After an early cup of tea I went round to tell the people about the service this afternoon,  had breakfast at Arthur Greenwood’s.  Called at Alex Haskell’s to cheer them up a bit.
Held service in the Church at 2.30.  24 present.  Collection 8/3. Dave was down at his place straightening things up.

Monday 5th   It was a very fine day.  In the morning I went over to the farm orchard and weeded half the Onions.  In the afternoon I dug up the long bed.  News came this afternoon that Captain Ashton (Charlie) had been Killed in action in Palestine.

Tuesday 6th   It was a fine day.  I finished weeding the Onions in the morning in the farm orchard.  In the afternoon I was fixing the Kerbing of the round bed.  Willie & Dave finished digging round the fruit trees and then commenced earthing up the Potatoes.

Wednesday 7th    It was a very fine day.  Willie & Dave went down to the Koeroa and started making a charcoal Kiln.  In the afternoon they continued earthing up Potatoes.  Dave took his trap down to the wharf when the steamer arrived and carted fowl feed up to his place.  In the morning I went down to the beach and carried sand round to the wharf, and W. Dunning carted it up to our gate for me.
I planted several plants that Mrs Wallace gave me (Calliopsis) also 1 Cosmea.

Thursday 8th   It was a very hot day.  Willie helped Dave dig some new Potatoes at his place Dave carted them down (10 Sugar bags full) to the Steamer and carted up for Willie 1 Sk Maize 100 lbs Calf Food.  I planted 2 Cosmeas & 3 Zinneas.
In the evening I went down for the mail, there was  public Meeting in the Hall to form a Mutual Improvement Society.  I was Chairman.
A Committee of Management and Officers were appointed.

Friday 9th   Henry’s 44th Birthday.
It was a very fine day.  Dave went to his place and was working there all day.  Willie and Grace drove down to Goat Island beach, called at Alex Mathesons.
I was working in the flower garden all day.  I planted 3 Zinnias and commenced to dig the round bed.

Saturday 10th   It was a very fine day.   Dave was working with Willie planting Onions in the new garden.
I was working in the flower garden.

Sunday 11th   It was a fine day.  Dave went home to spend the day.
I conducted service in the Church in the afternoon, there were 33 present   Collection 10/4.

Monday 12th   It was a fine day, the ground is getting very dry, and rain is much needed.  Willie and Dave commenced building their charcoal Kiln at the Koeroa.  I was working in the flower garden, I finished digging the round bed, before I had finished my back became bad. After breakfast I went down to the Post Office to make a declaration before Mrs Harper as D.R.O for County election.

Tuesday 13th   It was a fine day, no sign of rain.  Willie and Dave were working at their charcoal.  On account of my back I did not get up until noon.

Wednesday 14th   It was a very fine day.  Willie and Dave were working at their Kiln.  The election of a County Councillor for this Riding took place to day.  The Candidates were Alex Matheson & Bertie Witten.  I was Deputy Returning Officer for Leigh so I had to be at the Hall from 9 am until 6 pm.  The Polling here was  [as] follows.
                                 Matheson       39
                                 Witten              11

Thursday 15th   It was a very fine day.  My back was still very bad and I was lying down most of the day.  In the evening I went down for the mail, the small flower plants I ordered from Yates’ arrived.  Heard the result of the election yesterday.
                   Matheson                 57               Majority for Witten
                   Witten                        62                              5 votes.
There was a meeting of the mutual Improvement Society in the evening,  Grace,  Willie & Dave went.  Rev Boyle gave a Lecture on the English Language.  I was sorry I was unable to go.

Friday 16th   It was a very hot day.  Willie and Dave were working at their kiln.  I was working in the flower garden.  I planted the following plants.
3 Delphiniums,  6 Asters,  7 Verbenas,  6 Aquilequias,  8 Salpiglossis, 1 Chrysanthemum (Tricolour).

Saturday 17th   It was a very hot day.  Willie and Dave were working at their kiln.  My back was very much better.  I was working in the flower garden all day,  I finished planting all the little plants I got from Yates  viz, 6 Penstemons, 5 Chrysanthemum (Tricolour),
3 Caliposis Grandiflora,  12 Pansies, and picked out in a shallow box, 6 Canterbury Bells.

Sunday 18th   It was a very fine day.  Revd Boyle held his last service in the Hall in the morning, there was a large congregation, and 16 partook of the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper.  Dave went to Archie Dunnings for dinner, I came home.   Willie & Grace drove to Ti Point.