July 1923

Sunday 1st   It was a fine day.  Norman Smith & Alma Torkington came to spend the day,  & Eddie Wyatt, Ivy & Norris came in the afternoon & partook of pm tea.
Revd Addenbrooke came in the evening to hold service, Hector & Jean went down to the hall, but as there were only rwo others there, he did not hold service.

Monday 2nd   It was a fine day.  I sawed up firewood on the hill & carried some down, made two shallow seed boxes.

Tuesday 3rd    It was a fine day.  In the morning I went round to the P.O to get the mail.  In the pm I carried down firewood and got sand.  Mr Evans came in the afternoon.  Wrote a letter to Mr Wallace.

Wednesday 4th  There were a few showers during the day, but it was very cold, it rained in the evening, I carried down wood, got sand.

Thursday 5th   It was a showery day.  Wrote a report from Leigh, of the Concert on the 26th June & the death and funeral of Tenetohi, for the Rodney Times.

Friday 6th   It was a very fine day.  I got wood, weeded the Onions.

Saturday 7th     It was a very fine day.  I stuck the two rows of Daisy Peas, weeded the Onions.  There was a Hockey match at the Domain in the afternoon between Omaha & Dome Valley, which resulted in a win for Omaha 3 goals to 1.  There was a frost this morning

Sunday 8th   It was a very fine day, but cold.  I called in at Mr Holders this morning,  Eddie, Ivy and the baby were there.   Revd Poole held service in the hall in the morning, there were 29 present.  Collection 14/-   Mr Poole came here for dinner, Jane & I went to Birdsalls in the afternoon , I did not see Bowden as he was away.

Monday 9th   It did not rain, but it was a dull day.   I got firewood from the hill, got sand.  In the afternoon went to see Mr Holder and had a long chat with him .  Saw young Archie Dunning, he was laid up, he had a crack on the anckle last Saturday at Hockey.

Tuesday 10th   It was a fine day and much warmer as the wind is north.  I started to go for the mail, but met Dawson Birdsall on the road bringing the mail, so saved me the trouble.  Called in to see how Archie’s foot was.
Cleared some ground in the garden of cocksfoot.

Wednesday 11th   It was a fine day.  The “Kawau” did not get out of Mangawai yesterday, so she is coming here tomorrow.  I finished clearing the cocksfoot off the piece of ground I intend cultivating. Revd Addenbrooke called in the afternoon.

Thursday 12th   It was a very fine day.  There was a sale of Jersey & other cattle at Mr Robiesons at Big Omaha, Jim went.  Mabel & Charlie came here to spend the day.  I went to enquire how Archie’s foot was , got some sand , got wood from the hill, got pegs for the fence, pea sticks  and sand.

Friday 13th   A very rough day, blowing and raining, a tremendous sea outside.  Jim was confined to his bed with cough and pains in his side, Hector had to milk the cows.  I sawed off several blocks of wood on the hill and carried some home.

Saturday 14th   A very stormy night last night, blowing and raining.  Jim still in bed.  Hector had to milk the cows

Sunday 15th   It was a showery day.  Wind is still blowing strong. Terrible sea running outside.  In the morning I went down to see Archie.  In the afternoon Willie Dunning & Lew Meiklejohn came to see Jim.

Monday 16th   It was a showery day.  Jim still in bed.  I was getting firewood.  Mr Whitaker called in the afternoon to enquire after Jim .

Tuesday 17th   It was a fine day.  Jim still in bed, I was getting firewood.

Wednesday 18th   It was a very fine day, but there was a little rain in the evening.  In the afternoon I called to see how Archie is getting on.  Got firewood.

Thursday 19th   It was fine in the morning, but heavy rain in the afternoon.  In the morning Jane went to the P.O to ring up Dr Whetter to get advice about Jim, he said it was nothing serious.  I got firewood in the morning.

Friday 20th   The weather was a little finer.  I got a lot of firewood and the children carried some when they came home from school.

Saturday 21st    It was very fine in the morning, but it came on to rain about 3 pm.
I sawed up a lot of wood on the hill & carried 2 loads down, the children also carried loads.
There was a Hockey match at Matakana between the Omaha & Warkworth school boys,  Hector played, it was a draw, each side scoring 4 goals.
There was also a Football match at Matakana between Omaha & Matakana.
Mr & Mrs Stewart returned here with Hector, had tea and spent the evening here.

Sunday 22nd   It was a fine day.  I spent a quiet day reading.

Monday 23rd   It was a fine day.  I was getting firewood.  Charlina called in the afternoon.  I went to Mr Whitaker’s to borrow some books.

Tuesday 24th   It was a fine day.  Hector’s 12th birthday.  Jim still confined to his bed.

Wednesday 25th   It was a fine [day].   I went down to get some meat from the butcher for Jane.  It takes me all my time to get firewood for the house.  Received a wire from Henry who is in Auckland having brought sheep up for sale.  I wrote a letter to Henry and took it round to Jack’s store in the afternoon for him to give to the Captain to post.

Thursday 26th   It was a fine day.  Jim rode to Matakana to consult Dr Whetter.  Mrs Whitaker came to spend the day and Mrs Dunning & Lennie came in the afternoon.  There was a clearance sale at Mr Rankanes [?] of Pakiri to day.

Friday 27th   It was a fine day.  I got firewood and sand from the beach.

Saturday 28th   It was a fine day.  I got firewood & burnt a heap of rubbish in the garden in the afternoon.

Sunday 29th   It was a fine day.  Revd Addenbrooke held service in the Hall in the morning, 23 present.  Collection      Mr Addenbrooke came here for dinner .  Went to have a yarn with Mr Holder in the afternoon.

Monday 30th   It was a very fine day.  Got firewood, commenced digging again in the garden, got sand.  Jane & Mildred went to Pat Dunnings in the afternoon.

Tuesday 31st    It was a very fine day.  I was digging in the garden