Friday 1st It was a fine day. I was working up at the garden, I planted the Cauliflower and Cabbage plants that Ivy sent up from Auckland. I got the mail in the evening, also attended the Library.
There was a meeting in the Hall in the evening to hear Mr A. Matheson’s views as he is a candidate to represent this Riding in the Rodney County Council.
I sent by the mail man this morning a box of flowers & vegetable seeds & bulbs to the Head Master of Warkworth school for the children’s gardens.
Saturday 2nd It was a very fine day. There was a cricket match at Dacres between Omaha and Glorit, Charley Wyatt drove me & Jessie over, there was great interest as the game was for the cup.
I had lunch & tea in the Hall.
Omaha batted first and made a score of 450. P. Dunning made 226 retired. W. Dunning made 110 retired, A. Dunning 46 bowled. J. Torkington 24 not out, Jim Wyatt 9 bowled. N. Neeley 19 not out.
J. C. E. Wyatt 3 l b w, D. Knaggs 2 bowled, J. Dunning 2.
Glorit made 99 in 1st innings & 82 in 2nd innings. Thus Omaha won in 1 innings & 269 to spare, the Glorit men seemed nice fellows, they came in motor cars, I staid the night at Jims.
Sunday 3rd It was a fine day. Revd Richards should have held service in the Claim hall in the morning, but he did not come, but got Mr Evans to take his place, there was a fairly good congregation, Jim, Jane, the children & I attended. In the afternoon Jane & I went to Mr Evans and had afternoon tea there.
Monday 4th It rained early in the morning, but cleared up later on.
Jim drove me back here just in time for dinner. In the afternoon I went up the garden & picked in the homestead beans.
Tuesday 5th Willie’s 38th birthday. A fine day. In the morning I went up to the garden. I took up and replanted a clump of Dwarf Pink Gladiolus, also planted 2 Larkspurs & 2 My back was getting bad so I staid at home and wrote to Willie.
Wednesday 6th It was a fine day. My back was not too good, however I went up to the garden in the morning and did some light work. In the afternoon I went down to the Library and numbered some books . Posted Henry’s wedding group to Willie & the letter I wrote to him yesterday, also posted an order to Jilkinston [?] for seeds, the prize I won at the late show.
Thursday 7th After breakfast I went up to the garden and commenced to sow a row of White Stone Turnips next the cabbages and before I had finished it came on to rain, however I finished and went into the office and shelled homestead beans. It kept raining for some time but cleared up later in the pm and the wind went round to SW. Jim returned having finished at A. Wilsons distributing basic slag on his paddocks.
Friday 8th It was a fine day. Jim was harrowing in the Oat paddock.
I went up to the garden, in the morning I took out the bean sticks and tied them in bundles, in the pm I took up the seed onions and cleared the ground of weeds. In the evening I attended the Library.
Saturday 9th It was blowing a gale all day and raining steadily, but it cleared up a little in the afternoon, but still kept blowing all pm and evening. I did not go up to the garden, but staid in my room with a fire and occupied myself by reading and wrote a letter to Eddie Grigg.
Sunday 10th The wind had gone down and it was a fine day. Revd Richards was to have held service in the afternoon, but he asked Mr Grigg to take it, I attended. Mr & Mrs Grigg came here after church and staid for tea and spent the evening.
It rained when we came out of church and also in the evening.
Monday 11th It was a very fine day, but the ground was too wet to dig, I did a lot of weeding, both on a border & on a path.
Sowed seed of Agure Fairy in a box. Jim was harrowing, Charlie & Eddie sowed grass seed on farm.
Tuesday 12th There were a few showers in the morning, but the afternoon was very fine. Jim was carting on the road near Ti Point school. Charlie & Eddie were sowing grass seed on the tea tree burn on the farm . After breakfast I went down to get the mail, it had not come so I went in to the Library and labeled some books. In the afternoon I went up to the garden and dug in manure on that strip of ground where I grew the Onion seed.
Wednesday 13th It was a fine day. Jim was carting on the road near Ti Point school. Charlie & Eddie were sowing grass seed in the morning and packing fruit in the afternoon. I went up to the garden.
In the morning I sowed a packet of Enfield Market Cabbage , planted out a Petunia and a Geum, also forked out sorrel round an apple tree, in the pm I weeded round the silver beet.
We had an early tea and then we all went down to the wharf to meet the “Kotiti” from Auckland, Maggie, Ivy & baby returned home by her, and Mr Runciman came up with them to stay down at the beach.
Thursday 14th It was a fine day. After breakfast I went down to the beach and carried two bags of sand over to the wharf & Eddie carted them up to the gate, after I came back I sowed bone dust & blood over the bed I intend for Onions and forked it in, in the afternoon I sowed Onion seed broadcast on the bed & raked it in. Jim was harrowing the ground in the Oat paddock in morning & in the pm he drilled Grass seed in.
Friday 15th It was a fine day. Jim finished drilling grass seed in the oat paddock and Eddie boarded it in. Mr Runciman came up to see me in the garden, being an old friend we had a long chat, he came down to Eddies for dinner & in the afternoon he and I went over the hill to where Charlie is logging up, afterwards I took Mr R. up to introduce him to Mr & Mrs Grigg, in the evening I went down for the mail and attended the Library.
Saturday 16th It was a fine day, Eddie & Jim went to a hockey match at the Claim. As the seeds that I ordered from Pilningtons came by post last night, I planted a row of Sweet Peas near the front gate, 18 varieties, viz Gladys Unwin, Henry Eckford, Agricola,
King Henry VII, Hon Mrs E, Kenyon, Nora Unwin, Lord Nelson,
Helen Pierce, Lady Grisel Hamilton, Bolton’s Pink, Blue Ricotee,
Aurora Spencer, Dainty Miss Wilmont, Othello Spencer,
Constance Oliver, Black Knight, Captain of the Blues.
Sunday 17th It was very fine in the morning, there was a slight shower in the afternoon, but it was fine afterwards. Revd Hawksworth held service in the Church in the afternoon .
27 present, Collection 13/7.
Monday 18th It was a fine day, but it rained in the evening. I was working in the garden both morning & afternoon. I sowed a bed of Cauliflower and a 2nd bed of Enfield Market Cabbage, also sowed in boxes, Pansy, Centauria, Nemesia and Antirrhinum. Planted out a Geum Coccineum.
Gus Neely brought here in his waggon an Oil engine & a Chaff cutter that Wyatts had brought home from Oscar Zanders.
Charlie started for Helensville to attend a meeting of the Farmers Union as a delegate from the Omaha branch.
Tuesday 19th There were a few slight showers otherwise fine, but windy. I was up at the garden both morning & afternoon. Sowed some more Enfield Market Cabbage next what I sowed yesterday. Dug between the cabbages & cauliflowers and put manure round each one. Dug up near the summer house.
Wednesday 20th String wind and showers from W. I went up to the garden morning & pm, replanted a clump of Dwarf Pink Gladiolus, dug out a lot of michelmas daisy & Watsonia. Wendt down to the village late in the afternoon to get the mail but the “Kotit” had not arrived by 6 pm, so I came home.
I heard that Edgar Meiklejohn had commited suiside [sic: suicide] by shooting himself yesterday morning, he was buried at the Claim this afternoon.
Thursday 21st It was a fine day. There was a Poll in the Hall for the election of a Councillor to represent the Omaha Riding in the Rodney County Council, also to vote on the question of Rating on the Unimproved value and also to vote on the proposal to borrow a sum of £4500 to metal the Leigh Warkworth road , I was D. R. O here assisted by Angus Dunning. The voting for councillors was as follows, Knaggs 13, Matheson 35, Witten 8. For rating on Unimproved value, for 25 against 30. For loan 19, Against 30.
Friday 22nd It was a fine day. After breakfast I went down to the village to send the Ballot box to Warkworth. Was working in the garden both morning & afternoon. Went down for the mail in the evening.
Saturday 23rd There were several heavy showers during the day. After breakfast I went down to the village to post a letter, afterwards went up to the garden, in the afternoon it was very showery so I staid at home. There was a hockey match at the Claim in the afternoon between Omaha & Matakana West. Omaha won.
Eddie & Ivy drove & Jim rode.
Sunday 24th It was a fine day & very calm. Eddie & Ivy went down to the beach to spend the day. I conducted service in the Church in the afternoon. Congregation 20 Collection 7/6.
Monday 25th Anzac Day. It was a beautiful calm day. I walked over to Ti Point to spend the day with Joe & Minnie, Joe’s uncle Sam from Los Angeles, California was staying with them, Joe gave me a spade that he used on the gum flat but had become too thin.
Tuesday 26th It was a very fine day. Jim was discing & harrowing the piece of ground above the Oat piece.
I was weeding in the morning and in the afternoon I commenced to dig a strip next the silver beet.
Wednesday 27th It was a very fine day. Wind SW. I continued digging where I started yesterday. Heard in the evening that Mr A. Matheson was elected to the County Council by a majority of 3 votes.
Thursday 28th It was a very fine day. After breakfast I went down to the village to post some letters, afterwards went up to the garden.
Charline, Maggie McDavitt & Jane drove over to see Ivy , Jane came up to see me in the garden, I burned off the heap of rubbish.
Friday 29th It was a very fine day. Jim drilled grass seed in the ploughed ground above the Oat piece, so that the whole of that paddock is now sown in grass. I finished digging the piece I was at.
I planted a Turnip rooted Red Beet for seed.
I went down for the mail in the evening and attended the Library.
Saturday 30th It was a very fine day. After breakfast I went down to the Post Office and drew £6 out of the bank, called at Mrs Arthur Greenwoods, got some Library books & the catalogue and took them to the Library, Mr Grigg was repairing the organ. We had an early dinner as Eddie & Jim were going to a hockey match at Matakana.
Mr Runciman was leaving today by the “Kotiti“, I went to see him off in the afternoon.