March 1928

Thursday 1st   It was a very hot day.  I finished trenching the piece of ground I started yesterday.  Mrs Arch Dunning, young Arch and Charlina came to spend the day.

Friday 2nd   It was a very fine day.  The Big Omaha and Takatu schools held their annual picnic in Lew’s bay.  I dug round the citron and put manure round it.

Saturday 3rd   It was a very fine day.  I dug round the citron tree and manured it.  Jim and Jane went with Harry and Mabel in their car in the afternoon to a Tennis Tournament in Warkworth.

Sunday 4th   The weather was threatening but we got no rain to day. Ken Wallace, Laurence and Bert Skelton came in the morning.  Ken had come in his car from Devonport and was returning this afternoon, so Jane went with them and is going back with Ken on a visit to Auckland among her friends.  In the afternoon I went by the beach to see Harry & Mabel, but no one was home, so I returned by the road and met Mr Neeley and Bob Haywood and had a yarn with them, afterwards called at Pats.

Monday 5th   It commenced to rain during last night and it rained nearly all to day.  Wind also blowing strong.  None of us were able to do anything outside, except milk the cows.

Tuesday 6th   Raining nearly all day.  Mildred went to stay with Harry & Mabel.

Wednesday 7th   It was a fine day.  I took out the sticks of the Peerless peas and tied them up in bundles.  I went to the Post Office in the afternoon.

Thursday 8th   It was a very fine day.  I sowed seed in boxes of Enfield Market Cabbage and Cauliflower, also sowed a row of Canadian Wonder Beans.  Hector sowed 2 short rows of Carrots

Friday 9th   It was a fine day.   I sowed another row of Canadian Wonder Beans.

Saturday 10th   It was a very hot day.   There was a Cricket match at the domain.  Pakiri  V  Omaha.  Omaha in 1 innings against their two, Pat made 133 runs.  The ladies entertained the visitors.
There was an Anglican Picnic in the Domain.  Mr & Mrs Hart and a crowd of people mostly ladies from Warkworth,  Matakana &c.  They had lunch and tea in a shady place.  The Vicar Mr Richards, Mr Neeley and I spoke.  Jim, Hector & Jean went to the pictures in the evening in Tom Ashtons lorry.

Sunday 11th   It was a fine day.  The Vicar ( Revd F. D. Hart) was planned to hold service at Pakiri in the morning,  Leigh in the pm and Warkworth in the evening, so I thought it a good opportunity of going over with him and Mrs H in their car to Leigh to visit my old friends.  Going up Haskel’s hill the car stopped for want of benzine, so he had to go and try to procure some, ultimately he got some from Ted Gravatt and proceeded to Pakiri, but was half an hours late, however the congregation waited.  I went to have a yarn with Mrs Gravatt and then went to Mr A. Dunnings where I had dinner, afterwards attended church, over 30 of a congregation .  The Vicar and his wife and I went to Mr Neeleys for tea.
I very much enjoyed my outing.  I was sorry to hear when I got home that Mr & Mrs Bromley had called in the afternoon and I had missed them a third time.

Monday 12th   It was a fine day.  I felt very tired with having been out two days, and the excessive heat.  I did no heavy work, but gathered bean seed and I shelled and put it away.

Tuesday 13th   It was a fine day, but it rained a little in the evening.
I took up some of the bean sticks and tied them up in bundles.  Jim & Hector were burning the heaps of ti tree they cut down.

Wednesday 14th   It rained last night and there were a few showers to day.  I was copying out extracts from my diary.  When fine was digging in the garden.

Thursday 15th   It was a showery day, but fine in the afternoon.
I was copying extracts from my old diary and cleaning up in the calf paddock.

Friday 16th   It was a very fine day.  I was copying extracts from my diary .  Took in the onion seed, and dug between the beans.  Jane returned from Auckland to day by train and cars.  Mr & Mrs Wallace had been staying at the Helensville hot springs and were returning home to day, so joined Jane in the train at Helensville.  Mrs Simpson came with Jane and went to stay with the Wallaces.

Saturday 17th   It was a very fine day.   There was a Cricket Match in Domain, Omaha  V  Port Albert.  The visitors batted first and made 91.  Omaha followed with 18 runs with only  [blank space]  wickets down, so they closed their innings and sent their opponents to the wickets again and they only made  [blank space]  runs so Omaha got a 3 point win and being equal with Whangaripo they will have to play them for the Cup.
Mrs A. R. Dunning  (Dolly)  was delivered of a son.

Sunday 18th   It was a very fine day.  Revd F. D. Hart our Vicar who is stationed at Warkworth held service here in the afternoon, there was a good congregation (35)  Collection 16/6.  The Vicar and a young man who came with him named Malcolm came up here for tea.

Monday 19th   It was a fine day.  Hector was working for Murray Birdsall.  I was gathering seeds and carrying manure & digging.

Tuesday 20th   It was a very fine day.  Hector was working with Murray Birdsall.  I made 3 small wooden boxes for Jane to plant ferns in .  I wrote a letter to Henry which will be posted tomorrow.

Wednesday 21st    It was a very hot day.  Hector was working with Murray Birdsall.   I sowed a row of Red Beet.  Jim and Jane went with Harry and Mabel in their car to Matakana  to a Cricket Match Auckland  V  Rodney.

Thursday 22nd   It was a very fine day.  There was a parade and drill of the Territorials in the Domain in charge of Captain Eddie Wyatt.  Ivy and two of the boys came with him and they came up here to spend the day.  Ivy had a look round my garden.  I dug between the Red beet and the Canadian wonder beans.

Friday 23rd   It was a very fine day.  Jim went to Auckland with Harry Ashton in his car to witness a cricket match England  V  New Zealand which is to commence tomorrow.  Two large pigs were in this place and I was driving them out and tired myself.  I went down to Pats to change my books , went in to see Dolly who is looking well and her infant baby son.  In the afternoon Hector took the sulky to the Ti Point school and brought Mr and Mrs Stewart here to tea.  In the evening there was Community Singing in the Hall, there was a large crowd and it went off well.  I was the only one who staid at home.

Saturday 24th   It was a very fine day.  Mrs Gus Neely was here for lunch.  In the afternoon all of us went down to the domain.  The Whitakers and Wallaces were there in their cars.  The men were playing bowls.  The ladies gave us pm tea.  Hector & Jean went to the pictures at Matakana.

Sunday 25th   It was a very fine day.  Revd Parsons (Methodist) who is leaving the circuit, held his last service in the hall in the morning, there was only a small attendance as the Evan’s family went to Auckland in Whitaker’s car as Mr Evan’s father is di ing  [sic: dying] in Auckland.

Monday 26th   It was a very hot day.   Hector was working with Murray Birdsall.  I resowed Cabbage and Cauliflower seed.

Tuesday 27th   There was slight rain in the afternoon.  Hector was working at Birdsalls.

Wednesday 28th   It was a very fine day.  Hector was working at Birdsalls.  I picked out over 20 young cabbage plants in a a box.
I sowed 2 hills of Apple Cucumbers near the top fence.
Jim returned from Auckland  in Harry Ashton’s car in the late afternoon.

Thursday 29th   It was a very fine day.  There was a joint picnic of the combined schools of Leigh & Ti Point at the Domain, there were about 60 children of all ages present with their parents and friends.  Everyone was entertained to lunch and tea in the hall, games of cricket, rounders, tennis & bowls were played,  the children & parents were brought in H. Greenwood’s bus.  All of us went and enjoyed a very pleasant day.

Friday 30th   It was a fine day.  Hector was working at Birdsalls.  I went down to Pats to change my library books.

Saturday 31st   It was a very fine day.  There was a friendly Cricket Match at Matakana, Jim and Hector went.  I planted out some lettuce plants that Mabel sent.  I picked some Canadian wonder beans that were sown on Feby 1st.

The rainfall for the month of March as recorded at the Warkworth P.O totaled 4.54 inches.  Rain fell on 7 days.  The maximum fall was on the 6th when 1.82 in was recorded.