Sunday 1st It was fine in the morning, but it rained heavily after dinner, it cleared up afterwards so I went down to the Hall, but there was no service.
Monday 2nd It was a fine day. We were mending up the barley paddock fence and afterwards put the Sheep in that I bought of Joe Greenwood.
Put some tea tree in the slip rails on the top of the hill where the Cows nearly get bogged. Afterwards we were pulling up tea tree & heather in the front.
Tuesday 3rd I took some Eggs down to the Store in the morning, Posted some letters and got a few goods. Went down to the Steamer in the pm. There was a fishing boat alongside of the wharf, who sent away a lot of fish by the “Rose Casey“.
We had a letter from Jack also Henry, they told us that George had got safely down there.
After we came back from the Steamer Willie and I were pulling tea tree in the front.
Jane went down to John Wyatts in the afternoon.
Wednesday 4th It was a fine day. Willie and I made two trips down to the wharf and packed and carried up a Sack of Maize that came by the Steamer yesterday. We were cutting Heather in the front the remainder of the afternoon.
Thursday 5th It was a fine day. We were cutting Heather in the front all day.
Friday 6th It was a fine day. We got the Sheep up from the barley paddock, and shut up a whether which we killed in the afternoon. We got stakes for the new trees in the orchard and we planted 8 Burbank Plums.
There was a meeting of the subscribers to the Knaggs testimonial in the Hall at 6 pm. I went down for the mail and then to the meeting, afterwards there was a meeting of the Library Committee to choose new books &c.
Saturday 7th The wind has got round to the NE again, it was a very dull day, but the rain kept off. Willie went fishing to Ti Point and brought home a few fish. I was planting trees in the orchard. Walter Frearson came in the afternoon to tell me there was a Whether of mine in his place, he promised to put it over into the barley paddock. Jane went down to the Hall in the evening, but there was no orchestral practice. It rained in the evening
Sunday 8th The wind was blowing strong from SE, it was a miserable day and showery. Revd G. Frost was to have preached in the Hall in the afternoon, but I did not go out.
Monday 9th It was a beautiful day. The wind has gone down and it was very calm. The wind has gone round to the SW. I hung up the Bacon and Hams in the Smoke House to smoke. Jane was up at Miss Niccols all day sewing. Willie and I were pulling heather and put it into heaps in the afternoon.
Walter Frearson came in the evening to have a game of cards.
Tuesday 10th It was a beautiful day. I was pulling up heather in the morning. Mr & Mrs E. Dale came to sign a declaration before me, they staid for lunch.
I took a box of Eggs down to the Steamer, Willie Pratt went away by the “Kapanui“, he has been home a month. There was a social in the Hall in the evening. We went and enjoyed ourselves, the Rose did not stay all night as we expected, so there were not so many there. It was a beautiful moonlight night. Florrie Torkington came home with us and staid all night.
Wednesday 11th It rained during the night, and the wind has changed round to the E – and it is blowing strong from that quarter, and there is a rough sea outside.
Jane rode over to spend the day. I was pulling heather in the front all day.
Thursday 12th It was a fine day. We were pulling tea tree and heather in the front. Miss Niccol, Mrs H. Niccol and Miss Mitchell came to spend the evening.
Friday 13th It was a beautiful day. I finished planting the Fruit Trees in the orchard. Jane went up to Mrs Handbys in the afternoon and staid for tea. I went down for the mail and to the Library in the evening.
Saturday 14th It rained first thing in the morning and it threatened for a wet day, but it cleared up afterwards. Dan Kempt came and told me that the Trustees were going to meet down at Pakiri to lay off a road, so I rode up the hill with him and had lunch at Mr Kempts and then Dan & I rode on the Pakiri, where we met Messrs H. Brown and W. Greenwood. Our object was to get a better road from Mr Harpers to Mr Browns and to effect that we laid off a deviation through Mr Harpers and Mr Gozais land. We had tea at Mr Harpers and I did not get home till after dark. There was a meeting of the School Committee in the evening, but I did not attend.
Sunday 15th It was a tolerably fine day, but the weather does not look settled. There were a few showers. I conducted service in the Hall in the afternoon.
Monday 16th The wind was blowing strong from the N and it was a very dull day. We were pulling up heather in the front in the morning and doing odd jobs in the afternoon. The wind went down towards evening.
Tuesday 17th It was a fine day. I packed a box of Eggs and took them down to the wharf in the morning. I went to Auckland by the “Rose Casey” leaving Omaha a little after 3 pm and arriving in Auckland at 8.15, we had a very smooth passage. I went up to Warkworth House to stay.
Wednesday 18th It was showery in the morning, but cleared up in the afternoon. I was down the town in the morning and went to call on Mrs Harding in the afternoon. It is Arbor day and all Public Offices are closed.
Thursday 19th It was a fine day. I was down the town most of the day. I went to St Matthews School Room in the evening to hear a Lecture by Revd M. Kirkbride on Village live [sic: life] in the North of England The Lecturer and I being old friends had a good chat.
Friday 20th It was a fine day. Being market day the town looked very lively. I was about town all day. Went to the Opera House in the evening to see the Keinomatograph and enjoyed it very much.
Saturday 21st It was blowing very strong. I was down at the wharf to see the “Rose Casey” leave for Warkworth.
I left Warkworth House in the morning and went to stay at Mrs Hardings. It rained in the afternoon & evening.
Sunday 22nd It was a dull day. Did not go to church in the morning, but Miss Harding, Mr Moody & I went for a walk in the Domain in the afternoon, and we went to St Pauls in the evening. Hettie Wyatt came to Mrs Hardings.
Monday 23rd It was a beautiful day. I went to Mr Coleman’s Office in the morning and signed the conveyance of my land on the hill, 55 Acres to Mrs McKinnon and received a Cheque for £27 . 10 . 0
I was very busy the remainder of the day shopping.
Tuesday 24th It was a very dark, dull, misty morning. I got up early and returned to Omaha per “Rose Casey” leaving the wharf at 9 am. Miss H & Mr Moody came to see me off. After we started it came on a drizzling rain, arrived at Omaha about 3 pm. Charlie Wyatt hauled some of my things up. The roads are very muddy. It rained steadily all evening.
Wednesday 25th It was a showery day. Willie and I went down to the Hall to carry up some parcels that I left there.
Thursday 26th We yoked Spider up with the new harness and went down to the wharf and hauled up 1 Sack Maize and 2 empty Egg boxes. There were several showers and the roads are in a terrible state. Mr Day of Tamahere, Waikato came and staid all night. He is to be married to Miss Annie Witten tomorrow morning, he came here to get his marriage certificate.
Friday 27th It was a fine day. I issued the marriage certificate to Mr Day early this morning and he started for Pakiri at 5.30 am. He was married to Miss Annie Witten by Revd G. Frost, and they came over here to meet the “Rob Roy“, which called in about 10.15 am on her way to Auckland. Willie and I were down with the bullock and we saw them off. We hauled up 13 sheets iron and 100 lbs Flour.
Mrs John Wyatt came to register the birth of Walters baby.
I was planting flower plants in the pm. Jane rode to Matakana with Miss Niccol to some entertainment. I went to the Post Office and to the Library in the evening.
Saturday 28th It was a beautiful day. Willie went to Ti Point to fish and brought home two Kawhai’s. I was working in the flower garden all day.
Sunday 29th It was a fine day. I read service in the Hall in the afternoon. Jane returned from Matakana in the pm.
Monday 30th It was a fine day. I went down to the wharf in the morning and hauled up a Sack of Maize. Willie went to the Goat Island beach in the afternoon on Fanny to get some shells for the fowls, he caught three large rock cods. I was mending the fence going up to the stockyard.
Misses Niccol and Mitchell came for tea and spent the evening.
Tuesday 31st It was a fine day. Willie and I took Spider down to the wharf in the morning. We took down a box of Eggs and hauled up a Gate. I was down in the village in the afternoon, looking after the Library. The “Rose Casey” did not come in until late, and then she was not able to come alongside of the wharf until nearly dark.