Saturday 1st It was a wet day. The “Rob Roy” called in, in the morning on her way to Auckland, Mrs Harding who has been staying with Mrs C. Gravatt went up by her, Jane went down to the wharf to see her off.
Miss Hutchinson came and staid all night.
Sunday 2nd It was a very dull day and the wind blowing strong from the NE. Jane and Miss Hutchinson went to the Bible Class in the morning and rode to Darroch’s in the pm where they had tea.
Mr French was to have preached in the Hall in the afternoon, but on account of his wife being ill a Student, a Mr Jepson, came in his place.
Monday 3rd It was a very dull day. I was burning logs in the front garden. Willie rode to Mr Neely’s at Ti Point to get 2 Brown Leghorn roosters. We caught a lot of fowls to send away tomorrow.
Tuesday 4th The weather is still very dull and the wind blowing strong from the NE. Willie and I went down to the wharf with the bullock to take a crate of fowls (15) and we hauled home a bag (56 lbs) Sugar and a Sack of Barley that I got at Harpers. The “Rose Casey” did not stop all night as advertised, but went straight back to Auckland as she thought the wind might come in.
There was a Social in the Hall in the evening, the night was dark and the weather threatening, there were only a few present. Mrs Neely, Mrs Harper and Jane supplied the refreshments. 28/- was taken at the door.
Wednesday 5th The weather is still dull and threatening. I strained my back yesterday and am not able to do much. Jane rode to Ti Point and Willie went with her to help take back Minnies Sewing Machine. Jane staid all night.
Thursday 6th It was a fine day tho’ dull. I went to R. Mathesons in the morning to get him to audit the accounts in connection with the Organ. I started shingling the pig sty.
Jane returned from Ti Point in the evening. There was a meeting in the Hall in the evening to submit the Acts in connection with the Organ. The following persons were elected a Committee of Management for the Organ, viz. Mrs Harper, Miss C. A. Matheson, Mr W. Greenwood, Alex Haskell and myself.
Friday 7th It was a dull day with a few showers of rain. I was shingling the pig sty. I went down to the Library in the evening to a Meeting of the Committee to choose some new books.
Saturday 8th There was a misty rain most part of the day. The S. S. “Rob Roy” called in on her way to Auckland, she was crowded with passengers, 15 went from here. Jane went by her to pay a visit to Mrs Harding in Grafton Road.
Willie rode to Goat Island beach and brought home a lot of shells.
Sunday 9th It was dull and misty rain in the morning. I went down to the Hall in the afternoon, but there was no service and it came on a steady rain which continued all evening.
Monday 10th The wind was blowing strong from the NE with showers of rain.
We saw three large vessels going up to Auckland in the morning which we found out were the “Ophir“, having on board the Duke and Duchess of York and the Men of War “St George” and “Royal Arthur“.
The S. S. “Kawau” called in and took about 15 passengers up to Auckland, Minnie & Joe went up in her.
Tuesday 11th It was a showery day, and wind still blowing strong. I was shingling the pig sty between the showers. Willie rode over to Ti Point to milk Joe’s cow.
Wednesday 12th Wind still blowing strong, and showery. We went down to the village in the afternoon as we expected the “Rose Casey“, but she did not come as she had neither cargo nor passengers, but will come on Saturday. Willie rode to Ti Point to milk Joe’s cow.
Thursday 13th The wind was still blowing a gale from NE and rained nearly all day.
Friday 14th The wind changed round to the S and the ground is drying up. The S. S. Kawau arrived from Auckland in the morning bringing back the excursionists. The “Rob Roy” also called in.
I was shingling the pig sty. Went down to the Post Office and Library in the evening.
Saturday 15th It was a very fine day. Willie went fishing to the Goat Island Beach. I was shingling the pig sty.
Minnie came over in the pm to straighten up the house for us and Joe came over in the evening to take her home.
The “Rose Casey” came in from Auckland in the evening.
Sunday 16th It was a dull day and there were a few showers. I went down to the Hall in the pm, but there was no service.
Monday 17th It was a fine day. Willie and I took the bullock down to the Store in the morning and hauled up a Sack of Potatoes & a Sack of Bran. I continued shingling the pig sty.
Tuesday 18th The weather did not seem very promising in the morning. Minnie came over in the morning to make us some bread, and she staid all night. Willie went fishing to Ti Point and he did not come home until after dark. He brought four schnappers.
I went down to the Village in the pm to take some Eggs to the Store and some butter to the Steamer. The “Rose Casey” brought up 16 volunteers and their horses who are returning to their homes in the north, from the Dukes reception in Auckland.
It poured with rain in the evening.
Wednesday 19th Minnie returned to Ti Point in the morning. Willie took the bullock down to the wharf and hauled up a Case of Kerosene that came by the Rose yesterday – soon after he came home it poured with rain, but cleared up in the afternoon. I finished shingling the pig sty.
Thursday 20th It was a fine day. I was digging out periwinckle in the front garden.
A Mr Fisher called in the evening, he is organising Secretary of the Farmers Union, he has ridden all the way from Monganui, he is a very intelligent young man, he staid all night with us.
Friday 21st It was a fine day. Mr Fisher left in the morning, he went up the hill and on to Pakiri. I was working in the front garden. Went to the Post Office and Library in the evening .
Saturday 22nd It was a fine day. Willie went fishing for eels in the Koreroa Creek. I was working in the front garden in the morning. There was a meeting of the Road Board in the afternoon.
Sunday 23rd There was a very heavy frost this morning and it was very cold, but a beautiful fine day. Willie went to spend the day at Ti Point. I walked up the hill in the morning intending to visit John Greenwood, but I heard he was not at home, so I went to Kempts, Dan took me to see their gardens and orchards also on to the beach.
The Salvationists held a service in the Hall in the afternoon, Mrs Kempt and Johanna came down to it, so Dan entertained me.
I enjoyed my days outing very much.
Monday 24th There was a frost again this morning, but it was a beautiful day. I waled over to Ti Point first thing in the morning to help Joe kill his pig.
George came for the key of the cottage.
Tuesday 25th It was a fine day. Was patting up the butter and working in the front garden in the morning. Took the butter and eggs down to to sell. Joe came round in the “Kapanui” and brought us a nice piece of Pork and faggot.
Wednesday 26th It was a fine day, but not nearly so cold, as the wind has changed to NE. Willie took a parcel of newspapers that came by the Steamer yesterday to Mrs Gravatts. I was working in the front garden.
Thursday 27th There were several heavy showers of rain during the day. Mrs J. Cruickshank and Miss Smith came in the afternoon, they thought that Jane had come home, or that Minnie would be staying here. They staid all night and we asked Annie Harper & Ted to come and spend the evening.
Friday 28th It was a showery day. Mrs J, Cruickshank and Miss Smith returned home in the morning. Willie and I were pulling up tea tree on the road against the white gate. I went to the Post Office and the Library in the evening. There was a meeting of the Hall committee.
Saturday 29th The wind was blowing very strong from SE. Willie went to Ti Point to get oysters. I was pulling up tea tree on the road. Minnie came over about noon and Joe came over in the evening, they staid all night.
Sunday 30th The wind was blowing a gale from SE with driving showers. Minnie and Joe returned home in the afternoon.
Revd G. Frost was to have held service in the Hall in the pm, but the weather was very rough and I did not go down, but I heard after that there was no service.