Monday 1st John went shooting all day. Henry started harrowing the Pigs Paddock. I planted out three rows of Cabbages. It came on to rain in the middle of the day and rained most of the afternoon. Charlie commenced ploughing in the Race Course.
Tuesday 2nd It blew very hard from the NE. We were up the hill getting straining posts. The Steamer did not come.
Wednesday 3rd It was a wet day. Cleaned out the Pig and made some cases.
Thursday 4th It was a pretty fine day with the exception of a few showers. We were working up on the hill squaring straining posts. John Greenwood & Hannah Birdsall were married today by Revd J. Haselden.
Friday 5th It was squally and showery. We were working the bullocks on the hill hauling out posts. We also sighted out the line for the fence.
Saturday 6th It was very showery. We were sawing up firewood on the hill all day.
Sunday 7th Showery day. Revd J. Haselden preached at Dacre’s Claim in the morning, he came here for dinner and then held service in the Hall at 3 pm, there were 56 present, 9 received communion and 17/4 was collected, J. H. returned here and staid all night.
Monday 8th Revd J. H. left this morning. Henry went shooting all day, John & I commenced erecting the fence on the hill. It was very windy, but there was not so much rain. Alex Haskell was here for tea.
Tuesday 9th We packed 2 Cases Apples & 1 Sack Onions and John took them down to the wharf with his horse. We continued putting in the fencing posts on the hill. The Steamer came in early.
Friday 12th Henry was harrowing the Pigs paddock in the morning. We continued putting in fencing posts on the hill. I went to the Library in the evening, there was a meeting of the committee.
Saturday 13th Henry sowed the Pigs paddock with Cocksfoot Grass Seed, the girls knocked the lumps with hoes, we continued putting in fencing posts on the hill. This has been a very fine week.
Sunday 14th It was a fine day. I rode over to service at Dacre’s Claim in the morning. Willie P. came over here in the morning and spent the day. I read service in the Hall in the afternoon, there was a fair congregation. Mr & Mrs Tom Pratt were here for tea and spent the evening.
Tuesday 16th We were cleaning the Sheep in the morning, we counted 117, but there are a good many in Neeleys. We were putting in posts in pm. The Steamer came in and went in the evening.
Wednesday 17th Fine weather. Hauled out the straining posts and put them on the line of fence also hauled market posts. Finished putting in the posts nearest Neeleys also 1 straining post
Thursday 18th Fine weather. Put in a large straining post near the School reserve. Sawed and rolled out of the line of fence the Totara tree and put in the two posts.
Friday 19th Fine weather. John & Henry took up five head of our young cattle on to our land on the hill, they went shooting afterwards & brought home 4 pigeons and 2 Kakas. I was working up on the hill boring posts etc.
Sunday 21st Misty in the morning but it turned out a fine day. Read service in the afternoon, there were not many there. Willie P. spent the day here. Henry went to Pakiri in the afternoon, he is going to commence to work for Ellis Dyer tomorrow for 10/- per week.
Monday 22nd Weather cloudy with a few showers. We were working on the hill putting in struts to the straining posts.
Tuesday 23rd A fine day. John went and got 20 lb staples from
G. Knaggs, & he sharpened the hand saw , we put the last strut to a straining post up on the hill. There was a dance in the Hall in the evening to raise some money in aid of the Library. Willie Pratt came over and brought us 54 lbs Beef.
Wednesday 24th A fine day. John hauled up a sack of Sharps and the Wire that came for us by the Steamer last night.
We commenced putting the wire on the fence . Mr Walter & Miss Hills came and spent the evening.
Friday 26th A very windy day with a few showers. John was hauling some posts. I was putting on wire etc.
Sunday 28th A very disagreable day, very windy and dull. Read service in the afternoon, a small congregation. Henry returned to Pakiri.
Monday 29th Windy day. I was making fencing rollers. John was hauling posts. The mid winter holidays commenced today.
Tuesday 30th A windy day. We packed 2 Cases Apples and John took them down to the Wharf with his horse. In the afternoon we went up the hill to finish putting on the wire, but there was so much wind we had to leave it, so we pulled up ti tree with the girls.