August 1894

Wednesday 1st   We killed the pig in the morning.  Willie & George Pratt helped us.

Thursday 2nd   It thundered and lightened & rained last night.
We cut up the Pig & salted it away.  It weighed 237 lbs
It cost as follows.
Pig                                             9 .  ”
1 Sack Sharps                     9 .  ”
½  Sack Maize                     5 .  3
Freight of Food                  1 .  5
.                                          £ 1 . 4 . 8
Thus costing  1 ½ per lb

Friday 3rd   It did not rain, but it was blowing very strong.  Henry was working at the sleigh and I was making Cases.

Saturday 4th   Henry was working at the sleigh.
I had a pain in my right arm and was unable to do any work.  I heard this evening of the death of old Mr Morgan of Matakana which occurred on Thursday & he was buried to day.

Sunday 5th   It was a fine day.  Revd R. McKinney preached in the Hall in the morning.  Mr & Mrs Jos Greenwood were here for dinner & Mr Handby here for tea.

Monday 6th   It was a fine day.   Henry was working at the sleigh.  I mended up the fence round the Farm Orchard, also pulled up tea tree in the afternoon.  Maud & I went to call on Miss Wann in the evening.

Tuesday 7th   There were a few showers during the day.  I rode to Mr Wittens, Pakiri to get some Eggs of White Leghoins  for sitting.

Wednesday 8th   Henry took the Bullocks up to Mr Neeleys to help him haul out some piles, he went down to the Wharf afterwards and hauled up 1 Sack Flour, 1 Sack Seed Potatoes & 2 Bags Potatoe Manure that came by the Steamer last night.  I got 30 young Macrocarpa trees and planted a row from Mr Wyatts fence to the gully at the bottom of our orchard 12 ft apart & 8 ft from wire fence.

Thursday 9th   It rained very heavy last night and the ground is very wet.  I placed out the seed Potatoes on the shelves in the store in the morning.  In the afternoon I mended up the fence next T. Wyatts & Haskells, wattling the wires with tea tree.

Friday 10th   Pulled up tea tree in the Barley Paddock in the morning and in the afternoon I sheared the dead Ram (Joe Harpers) in the E.R. and mended the fence next Mathesons.
Henry took the bullocks down to the Wharf in the afternoon as Mr Harvey was expected up in the Steamer Kawau at 3 pm, but she did not come in until dark, so Henry had to come home without doing anything.

Saturday 11th   It was a fine day.  Henry took the bullocks down to the Wharf and was hauling up Mr Harveys furniture & goods.  The Cows got out yesterday morning & we could not find them  I went up Greenwoods hill to fetch them in the morning,  after which I put some new rails in the Cow paddock fence.
In the afternoon  I drove stakes round the Macrocarpa trees.  Maud & I carried up gravel from the Wharf.

Sunday 12th   It was a fine day.  I read service in the Hall in the pm. There were about 28 present.

Monday 13th   It was a fine day.  We got the Sheep up in the morning we picked out those that were heaviest in lamb and put 22 in the Barley Paddock and 12 in the Horse Paddock.  We have 4 Lambs now.
Got up the Bullocks in the afternoon and hauled out some firewood & pitched it over on to the road.  We also hauled 1 Ton of dry Firewood which was laying on the ground near the old barn, up to the School.

Tuesday 14th   There were some very heavy showers during the day.  Henry hauled a load for Mr Harvey in the morning.  I was doing odd jobs and stacked the firewood on the road.  There was a dance in  the Hall in the evening.

Wednesday 15th   My birthday.  51 years old to day.  It was a fine day.  I was planting Macrocarpas in the farm orchard.  Willie Pratt was working here to day, helping Henry cross cut some Puriri logs for posts on the road going up to Mr Neeleys.

Thursday 16th   It was a very showery day.  Henry was splitting posts.  I was doing odd jobs.

Friday 17th   It was a very showery day.  Henry was splitting posts, he went to Matakana in the evening to a dance.

Saturday 18th   Very showery today & very windy.  Henry was splitting posts.  I was making Cases in the shed & cutting firewood.

Sunday 19th   There were several showers.  I went down to the Hall, but there was no school or service.

Monday 20th   Henry & I  X cutted  some logs in the E.R.  for straining posts for Mr Harvey in the morning.  I rode to Mr Pearsons at Ti Point, but he was not at home.

Tuesday 21st   It was a fine day.  I was planting Macrocarpas outside the orchard fence.  Henry was cutting tea tree.  Jane came back from Auckland in the Steamer, we all went down to meet her.

Wednesday 22nd   Henry was hauling goods for Mr Harvey.  I was getting and putting them round the Macrocarpas.  Miss Wann & Blanche came in the evening.

Thursday 23rd   It was a fine day.  Henry was cutting tea tree & firewood.  I planted 10 Macrocarpas outside our fence Haskells side that T. Wyatt gave me.

Friday 24th   It was a fine day.  We commenced to plant Lapstone Kidney Potatoes in the orchard in rows 2 ft 9 in apart, using Potato Manure and Ashes in the Trenches.   Miss Jessie Witten came and brought some White Leghoin Eggs for setting.  Maud went up to Mr Jos Greenwoods to spend the day.

Saturday 25th   It was a fine day.  We continued planting Potatoes in the orchard.  I set a Hen in the fowl house with White Leghoin Eggs that I got from Mr Witten.

Sunday 26th   It was a fine day.  I walked up to Mr Jos Greenwoods in the morning & had dinner there, I had a look round his orchard & garden, he and I came down to service, there was a good congregation.
J. Salt  &  C. Gravatt were for tea.  Maud and Willie went to Mr Handby’s to spend the pm.

Monday 27th   It was a fine day.  Henry was hauling posts for Mr Harvey.  I was planting Potatoes in the orchard.

Tuesday 28th   It was a fine day.   Minnie & I were planting Potatoes in the orchard.  Henry was hauling for Mr Neeley.

Wednesday 29th   It was a showery day.  Henry & I went to the Pa & brought home the heifer Rosie who is near calving.

Thursday 30th   A showery day.  Were not able to do much.

Friday 31st   Very wet in the morning.  Henry was cutting tea tree in the afternoon.  Willie and I were pulling up tea tree on the farm.