October 1921

Saturday 1st   It was a very fine day.  I was working in the garden all day.  I sowed a row of Stratagem Peas, also struck the 2 rows of Sutton’s Peerless Peas.
There was a Cricket practice at the Claim in the afternoon also the Annual Meeting afterwards.  Jim went over after dinner having finished ploughing the Barley Paddock this morning.

Sunday 2nd   It was a very fine day.  After breakfast I went up to the garden and got some flowers and took them to put into the vases in the Church.  Jim rode to Matakana to get some ointment from Dr Whetter for Lennie.
Revd Hawksworth held service in the Church in the afternoon, he preached a very good sermon, there were only 16 present, the collection was 11/s

Monday 3rd   It was a very fine day.  In the morning I dug out and bundled 450 Onion plants for Gus Neeley and 100 for Mrs G. Wyatt
In the afternoon I went down to the Library & Arthur Greenwood culled out a lot of old books which we intend to exchange or dispose of.   Afterwards I went down to the wharf to meet the Steamer and also got the mail.

Tuesday 4th   It was a fine day, but the wind is from the E and it seems threatening for rain.  After breakfast I went up to the garden and hunted the slugs, and then I took the 450 Onion plants down to Gus Neeley as a present, and then went up to the garden again.
I sowed another row of Stratagem Peas.

Wednesday 5th   Wind blowing strong from E misty and threatening for rain.  After breakfast I went up to the garden & hunted slugs and planted 10 Pansy plants, after dinner it came on driving rain so I did not go up to the garden again, but occupied myself with making labels for the Library books.

Thursday 6th   It rained a lot last night, but it was very fine this morning.  After breakfast I went up to the garden, hunted the slugs, and then I pricked out some Anemone & Renunculus seedlings in a shallow box.
In the afternoon I went to Arthur Greenwoods to get the new Library books and I catalogued some of them there.

Friday 7th   It was a very hot day,  I went up to the garden in the morning and sowed a row of Canadian Wonder Beans between the Onions and the Stratagem Peas.  In the afternoon Arthur Greenwood & I made a start at re-classifying & re-numbering  the books in the Library,  I got the mail after it came in, Went down to the Library in the evening and numbered some more books.

Saturday 8th   It thundered a lot in the morning, and it rained (not heavy) in the pm.  In the morning I went up to the garden and planted a row of 14 Cabbages.
As it was raining in the afternoon and I was unable to do anything outside I went down to the Library and numbered some books.

Sunday 9th   There were a few showers in the morning and it was very windy in the pm.  After breakfast I went up to the garden and got flowers to take down to the Church.
I conducted service in the afternoon, there were only a few present. Collection 16/5 .  16 present.

Monday 10th   It was a fine day, but dull, slight showers in the evening.
In the morning I went up to the garden and planted 12 Pansies & 1 Scarlet Verbena.
In the afternoon I went up to the garden, cut down the Dahlias and cleared the weeds round them & then picked a bunch of flowers and took them to Mrs Arthur Greenwood and then went to the Library and re-numbered books, also went down in the evening and continued the same.

The following days I was busy classifying and re-numbering the books in the Library.  Several night I was down there working.  Alf Dunning very kindly helping me on Thursday and Friday evenings.
During this time also we had a good deal of rain,  I went up to the garden mornings & I planted a few more Pansies & a Scabious

Saturday 15th   There was a smart shower in the morning, but it was fine in the afternoon and evening.  In the morning I went up to the garden and commenced digging the piece of ground recently growing onion plants and cabbage plants,  I buried weeds & horse dung in the trenches.  In the afternoon I took Mrs D. Matheson some Pansy plants, and returning home I stopped at the Tennis court, which is being opened for play this afternoon, there were not many present, the Club gave us afternoon tea , there was a dance in the Hall in the evening , I attended and played 500.

Sunday 16th    It was raining when we got up this morning .  Revd Poole held service held service in the Hall in the morning, I attended, on account of the rain there were only 13 of a congregation.

Monday 17th   Very windy & showery day.  I went up to the garden in the morning and after hunting slugs, it was too wet to dig, so I weeded the path.  In the afternoon I went down to the Library, was renumbering the books, went down to the steamer & got the mail, went to the Library also in the evening, Alf Dunning was helping me.

Tuesday 18th   It was a fine day.  I was up at the garden both morning and afternoon.  Rained a little in the evening.

Wednesday 19th   It was a very showery day.  I did not go up to the garden, I was at the Library both morning and after noon, numbering books.  I received the young plants & seeds from Yates that I ordered.

Thursday 20th   It rained heavily last night and it was raining on and off all to day.  We are getting a very wet time.  Impossible to  [do]  anything in the garden, I was down at the Library all day re-numbering the books.  Alf Dunning was helping me, had dinner at Mr A. Dunnings so it saved me going home.

Friday 21st    There was a heavy shower at dinner time, otherwise a fine day.  After breakfast I went down to the Post Office and then to the Library where I numbered a few books, then I went up to the garden, hunted the slugs and then planted a few Aster plants that came from Yates.  Went up to the garden in the pm, but could do nothing as the ground was too wet.  Went down to the Library in the evening to number the books that were brought.
There was a choir practice, but very few present, came along the road  home with Mr & Mrs Grigg,  Ivy & Jessie.

Saturday 22nd   It was a fine day, but the ground is very wet.  I was up at the garden morning and afternoon, I planted Asters,  Zinnias, Caliopses & Petionias that came from Yates’.   Ernest Wyatt was here for dinner & afterwards he & Jim rode to Pakiri to look at some cattle.

Sunday 23rd   It was a fine day.   Wind W.   I went up to the garden in the morning and picked a bunch of roses and took them down to the Methodist service in the afternoon, Revd Kendon from Paparoa officiated .  I went up to Mr Griggs for tea.  Jane called here to see me while I was away.

Monday 24th   It was blowing very strong from the W, and there were a few showers.  The ground in my garden was too wet to work so I dug out docks round a Burbank and apple trees.  I went down to the Library in the evening to number books, but it was so cold I did not stay long.

Tuesday 25th   It was a fine day, wind S.  In the morning I was digging out docks.  In the afternoon I continued digging before the rain. Took down a bunch of flowers to Janie Brown who was going away in the steamer.  I went down for the mail in the morning.  Took £10 out of the Bank.

Wednesday 26th   It was a very fine day.  I was working in the garden all day.  I drove in stakes where I intend to plant Tomatoes and dug the ground round them.  Planted a row of Cabbages near the front gate.  Went to the Library in the evening and finished numbering the novels.  I did not get home till midnight.

Thursday 27th   It was a very fine day.  I was working in the garden all day digging.  Eddie & Jim were working at a bee at the Tennis court tarring & sanding.

Friday 28th   It was a very fine day.  I was at work in the garden all day digging between the rows of Peas  &c.  Went down for the mail in the evening and attended the Library.

Saturday 29th   It was a very fine hot day, with the exception of a shower in the afternoon.
There was a Cricket match at the Claim between the boys from this side and those at the Claim.  Eddie & Jim played,  the Claim beat.
I was up at the garden morning & afternoon digging.  In the afternoon I took flowers down to the Church, then I took a bunch of Roses to Mrs Arthur Greenwood, had a cup of tea there, brought some new books from there to the Library.

Sunday 30th   It was a fine day,  Revd Hawksworth  held service in the afternoon, there was a fair congregation.  Collection 16/2 .

Monday 31st   It was a fine day.  I finished digging the piece of ground next the silver beet.  Went down for the mail in the afternoon.  Received 3 bottles of D D , D  &  commenced using it.