Wednesday 1st The Miss Hardings and Miss McGill went to Auckland by the Steamer for the Easter holidays. Willie & I gathered the Vicar of Winkfield Pears from the large tree. In the afternoon Jane took Willie up to Mauds to stay during his holidays.
Thursday 2nd Jane returned from Mauds in the middle of the day, she was so unwell that she had to go to bed. It rained very heavy in the afternoon. I was busy making out the accounts in connection with the Show.
Friday 3rd I was busy making out the accounts in connection with the Show. Mr R. Matheson came in the evening to audit the accounts.
I did not kill a Sheep in the evening on account of Jane being in bed and the boys at Tomarata so there was no one at home to help me get the Sheep in.
Saturday 4th Minnie returned from Pakiri in the evening, having been 5 weeks living with Mrs A. Wright. The Annual Meeting of Subscribers to the Show was held in the Hall in the evening. I paid out the Prize Money to those who were present.
A new Committee was appointed. I am not in the Committee this year.
Monday 6th The boys were hauling firewood down to the harbour.
I was very unwell today.
Tuesday 7th The boys were hauling firewood down to the wharf.
I packed 7 Cases of Vicar of Winkfield Pears, 6 Cases Beurie Diel Pears & 1 Crate of 15 Fowls and the boys hauled them down to the wharf. I went down to the wharf in the evening, Miss Harding came up and came up here to stay, Miss Edith did not come as she was unwell.
Wednesday 8th The boys were hauling firewood, I was preparing for burning the tea tree by clearing all the rubbish away from the orchard fence.
We set fire to the tea tree in the afternoon, but it did not burn well and it commenced to rain and put the fires out, it rained nearly all night.
Thursday 9th It was a wet day, there was no school. The boys & I were packing and sieving Grass Seed in the house. It cleared up and very fine in the afternoon the boys sawed off some Puriri logs on the top of the hill.
Friday 10th It was very wet in the morning but cleared up in the pm. The boys were sawing off Puriri post logs on the top of the hill.
Saturday 11th It was a fine day. The boys were hauling firewood down to the harbour. I emptied the closet, cleaned out the pig sty, also the Fowl house and lime washed the sided & roof.
Sunday 12th It was very fine in the morning. I read service in the Hall in the afternoon, there was a pretty fair congregation.
Miss Harding who is staying with us gave us some music in the evening and we sang hymns. It poured with rain in the evening.
Monday 13th It was a fine day. I filled up the Census paper this morning. John & Henry went to Tomarata in the morning, they walked and carried heavy boards . Several people came for their Grass Seed today. Jim Dunning, Robert Wyatt, Willie Pratt and H. Rayner. I was clearing the rubbish away from the orchard fence ready for burning. Jim Dunning and Walter Wyatt were here in the evening, we played at cards.
Tuesday 14th It was a very dull day, and sometimes there was misty rain. I mended up the fence near the manure place, mended up the manure place, and gathered up manure and put into it.
We all went down to the Steamer in the evening, Mrs Harding & Miss Edith came up so they all went up to their own house.
Wednesday 15th It was a very dull day, but it did not rain. I was clearing up the burnt tea tree in the front.
Thursday 16th A very wet day, but it cleared up in the afternoon and I was logging up the tea tree in the front.
Friday 17th It was a showery day, but fine between the showers. There was an entertainment at Pakiri in the evening. Minnie went with Walter & Jane went with Miss Harding. I killed a sheep in the evening.
Saturday 18th There were a few showers during the day, but the ground is drying up a little. The boys returned from Tomarata having been to the Dance at Pakiri last night. They went with Jim Dunning to the Sand Spit the other side of Big Omaha harbour to shoot rabbits, they shot 21 and they brought home 10 for their share. I skinned and cleaned them all before I went to bed.
Sunday 19th It was a fine day, only 1 shower in the afternoon.
I read service in the Hall in the pm, there was a fair congregation. Three of us went to Miss Hardings for tea and the remainder came in the evening, we enjoyed a very pleasant evening, they treated us to a lot of music, Mr & Mrs Kempt, Mr Bond and Jim Dunning were also there.
Monday 20th It was a very fine day. The boys returned to Tomarata early in the morning. I sowed Grass Seed on the piece of ground the other side of the School. In the afternoon I burnt off the heaps of tea tree I had put together in the front.
Tuesday 21st It was a fine day, but the wind changed round to the E in the evening and there were several showers of rain.
I was burning heaps of tea tree sticks on the burnt ground.
The Steamer was very late in coming in the evening as she went to the Little Barrier first.
Jane & I went up to Miss Hardings in the evening to see Mrs Harding who is going back to town tomorrow morning.
Wednesday 22nd It was very showery in the morning, but it was finer towards evening. Jane Browne staid here last night & she and the girls went down to the Steamer to see Mrs Harding off. Jane went up with the Miss Hardings and staid there all day.
I sowed grass seed on the strip that is burnt along the track up to the stockyard. George Wyatt came from the Kawau today, and was up here for tea.
Thursday 23rd It was very showery in the morning. Mr Noton came with his samples and I gave him a small order. He and Walter Wyatt staid for dinner, Walter is going to Auckland in the Kawau to day if she comes in. Alex Haskell & Eva Sullivan came here to spend the evening.
Friday 24th It was a fine day and a nice drying wind. I was burning off heaps of tea tree alongside the road going up to the Cross roads. Killed a Sheep in the evening.
Saturday 25th It was very threatening in the morning and rained a little, but we did not have any rain to speak about. Mr Sadler was here for some Cocksfoot and also about nominations to the Road Board. Mr W. Greenwood, D. Birdsall and I were nominated and being the only ones were declared elected.
There was a meeting of the Show Committee in the evening, I was present. Mr W. Greenwood was appointed President and Mr A. Matheson Secretary and Treasurer, but the latter was not present, so I acted as Secretary to the meeting and I retain the books until Mr A. Matheson returns from Auckland. Minnie went up to Mauds and staid all night. The boys returned from Tomarata in the evening.
Sunday 26th It was not a very bright day. I read service in the Hall in the afternoon. The Miss Hardings came here for tea and staid all night. It rained heavily during the evening and all night. Minnie returned from Mauds in the pm.
Monday 27th It was showery in the morning , but it cleared up and the wind changed to the SW. John & Henry went to Tomarata in the morning. I was sieving grass seed in the big room.
The meeting of householders was held in the School at 4 pm. The old committee was reelected with the exception that Mr Kempt took Mr Jos Greenwoods place.
Tuesday 28th It was showery in the morning , but was finer in the afternoon. I was sieving grass seed in the big room. Went down to meet the Steamer in the evening, a parcel of Drapery came up from Rushbrooks.
Wednesday 29th It was a fine day. Got the bullocks up & Walter Wyatt went down to the wharf with Jane & I and hauled up 1 Sack Maize, 1 ditto Sharps & 1 ditto Potatoes that came last night by the Steamer. After dinner we hauled 2 Sacks of Grass Seed to the bottom of our road for Harry Dyer to haul to Pakiri for Mr J. Gozar, afterwards we hauled up a load of tea tree firewood that the fire had run through.
Minnie went to Pakiri in the afternoon to Mr Whitleys.
Mrs Wm Brown was here for tea.