Monday 8th The School reassembled today. Miss F Harding commenced her duties as Teacher.
Henry & I were hauling firewood out of the Barley Paddock down to the beach. The weather has been very dry lately it just suited our work.
Tuesday 9th We continued hauling out firewood. Sent 3 half Cases of Beurrie Dul Pears to Esam & Arthur. John returned home by the Steamer in the evening. The Steamer commenced her winter trips today . John has been laid up in the Auckland Hospital for the last nine weeks with blood poisoning it having broken out in the knee and thumb, he is looking very well but is rather weak in his knee.
There was a Phonograph exibited in the Hall in the evening. Henry, Jane, Willie & I went. We enjoyed it very much.
Thursday 11th We finished hauling the firewood down to the beach A few tons of small wood we stacked on the road. There seems to be a change in the weather, the wind is from the NE.
Saturday 13th Very heavy shower in the morning, but it cleared up in the pm.
Sunday 14th It was a fine day. Jane & I rode over to Matakana to the opening of the new Presbyterian Church, the Warkworth choir were there to lead the singing. Revd J. Hill of Devonport conducted the service.
Monday 15th There were several showers during the day. John & Henry went on horseback up to Willies place to bring down some Sheep, they brought down 6 old Ewes & 3 Lambs, we earmarked the Lambs and tar branded all of them. I emptied the closet and fixed up the manure heap.
We went up to Miss Hardings to spend the evening.
Tuesday 16th It was a fine day. I was digging Potatoes at the bottom of the orchard. John sent away a Case of Gum & I sent a Bundle of 24 Sheep Skins to the Loan & Mercantile Agency Co. Henry hauled them down to the Wharf, he also delivered 2 Tons of Firewood to Miss Harding.
A gap of 2 days – check in the diaries
Friday 19th We put the Ewes with the Down Ram into the Barley paddock.
Tuesday 23rd We were sowing Grass Seed on the burnt Tea Tree belowgrass the School. We sowed Cocksfoot, Red Top, a little Tall Fescue & Rib Grass and White & Alsyke Clover & Cow Grass.
Friday 26th We got up the Ewes out of the Barley Paddock and put out 15 on to the Farm that have taken the Ram. It rained heavily last night and the Stockyard was very dirty.
Saturday 27th Took the Mutton out in the morning. It was blowing too strong to sow grass seed.
Sunday 28th It rained nearly all morning. There was no service in the afternoon. Walter Wyatt was here for tea.
Monday 29th We were sowing Grass Seed below the School. There was a social in the Dacre’s Claim Hall in the evening in honour of Tom Ashton’s marriage which came off alst Wednesday Week. Henry & Jane went over. John went to Matakana in the morning.
Tuesday 30th Henry & I were sowing Grass Seed all day. Went down to the Steamer in the evening, the Steamer went out again as they were afraid the wind would come on to blow strong.