Tuesday 1st It was a showery day. In the morning I went down to the Village to post my Quarterly Returns, a letter to Jack and one to my sister Fanny
In the afternoon I was digging the far side of the orchard .
Wednesday 2nd It was fine in the morning, but showery in the pm
I was digging in the far side of the orchard all day. Jane went down to the Steamer in pm.
Thursday 3rd It poured with rain and thundered & lightened last night and the ground is very wet this morning. In the afternoon I was doing a little digging the far side of the orchard . Willie returned from Ti Point in the evening.
Friday 4th It rained again heavy last night. Willie went over to Ti Point in the morning taking Agnes with him and he returned in the evening and Alma came with him.
In the morning I went up to Mr Handbys. Mr H was laid up with rhumatism. In the afternoon I was digging a bit in the orchard. It was a showery day.
Saturday 5th It rained again heavy last night and there were a few showers today. In the morning we all went down to the wharf to bid goodbye to Mrs Jos Greenwood who was leaving in the “Kawau” for her new home. Willie took the bullock down to the wharf and hauled up a sack of Guano. In the afternoon I was digging in the orchard, I spread (?) about 12½ lbs of Guano round the Greenwood Pear tree & dug it in.
Willie was mending the fence between Mathesons paddock and our place. Jane & Alma went over to Joe Wyatts.
Sunday 6th It was a beautiful day. Jane and Willie staid at home.
I went up to Mr Handbys in the pm and staid tea, Mrs H was not very well. Mabel Wyatt was also up there.
Monday 7th In the morning Willie took the bullock down to the wharf and hauled up 1 Sack (2 Cwt) B & B manure & 1 Cwt Kainit.
I went down to the village to post some letters and get some postal notes. After we came back we were digging in the orchard, we commenced digging round the bottom Apricot working upwards. In the middle of the afternoon we had to knock off as it set in to rain. Mrs Albert Wyatt was here for dinner.
Tuesday 8th It was a fine day. Willie and I were digging in the orchard all day. Eddie Wyatt came in the evening to bring back the X-cut saw they borrowed of us.
Wednesday 9th It rained steadily all morning, but it cleared up and was finer in the afternoon.
We were unable to do any work outside. In the afternoon Jane rode over to Dacres Claim to a Euche party that was to be this evening and tomorrow she was going to Warkworth.
Thursday 10th It was wet in the morning, but cleared up in the pm. It was too wet to dig, so Willie and I went to look at our back line between Mr Savage and us , Mr S has cleared up to our boundary and he wants us to clear a strip our side so that when it is burned off, a dividing fence can be put up.
I went to the Post Office and attended the Library in the evening. While down at the village I heard that Mr John Kempt died in Auckland Hospital last night and was to be taken to Waipu to be buried alongside his wife.
Friday 11th It was a fine day. Willie and I were digging in the orchard all day, we dug round 6 trees. In the afternoon I went over to Walter Frearsons to get two settings of White Leghorn eggs.
In the evening Willie went down to meet the “Kawau“. He carried up a bag of beef that came for us.
Saturday 12th It was showery in the morning, but was finer in the afternoon. Willie and I went down to the village in the morning thinking that there was going to be a working bee at the Tennis Court, but nobody turned up, we carried 8 chairs from the wharf to the Hall, these were bought with the balance of the money over from concert that was got up to procure seats with backs.
In the evening Willie and Albert Wyatt went eel fishing in Koeroa creek. There was a football match at the Claim between Mangawai & Omaha, the former were short of the numbers as so many were laid up with influenza. I was digging in the orchard in the pm.
Sunday 13th It was a beautiful day. Willie and I walked over to Ti Point to spend the day, we found Minnie laid up with influenza, Mr T, Joe and Arthur were recovering from it.
Jane returned from Warkworth and Matakana in the evening.
Monday 14th It was very fine in the morning. Willie and I were digging in the orchard. It poured with rain in the pm. Jane rode to Ti Point to look after the sick people there.
Tuesday 15th It was a fine day with the exception of a few slight showers, which did not interfere with work. We were digging in the orchard all day.
Wednesday 16th It was a fine day. We were digging in the orchard.
In the afternoon I went down to the Steamer to get some bread and to get the mail . I received a letter from Willie Dunning. Jane returned from Ti Point in the evening and reported that Minnie is much better and that Joe is still very weak.
Thursday 17th It was a beautiful day. Willie commenced to dig in the orchard, but he had a very bad head ache, which is I think the influenza coming on. He went to bed.
I packed a box of Eggs and hauled it down to the wharf in the afternoon, and hauled up some stones and an empty Egg box. I bought 2 mackerals and a Rock cod from S. Hill.
I went down for the mail and attended the Library in the pm.
Friday 18th It was a fine day. Willie was in bed all day with influenza. I was digging in the orchard. I milked Ab Wyatts cow for him as he has got a strained back & is in bed. There was to have been a Euchre party in the evening. Jane went , but only 10 persons turned up, so it did not come off.
Saturday 19th It was a beautiful day. Willie is still in bed, but is better. There was a working bee at the Tennis Court, I went down to help, we tarred the old court, then put sawdust and sand on, and rolled the court, also the new court. They started to put up the netting wires, I had to come home early, as Jane went to the Tennis opening at Dacres Claim.
Sunday 20th It was a beautiful day. Revd Mackie (Presbyterian) who is on trial at Warkworth held service in the Hall in the morning, there was a very fair congregation , he gave us a very good sermon. Jane & I went, but during the service Jane had to come out and go home and take to her bed as she felt the influenza coming on. I called at C. Gravatts in the afternoon and had tea there.
Monday 21st It was a beautiful day and so calm. I was digging in the orchard. Mabel Wyatt was up here to see what she could do as Jane & Willie have influenza still.
Joe Torkington called in the afternoon.
Tuesday 22nd It was a beautiful day. After breakfast I went down to the Post Office to post a letter I had written to Willie Dunning and other letters. The remainder of the day I was digging in the orchard. In the afternoon, Willie feeling better, came and helped me dig.
The men who have got the contract of making the deviation across my land at the cross roads were shifting my fence to the altered boundary.
Wednesday 23rd It was a fine day. We were digging in the orchard. In the morning Joe came to tell us that Minnie was very strange in her mind and that he had sent for Mr Shoesmith to come and see her.
Jane, who was feeling a little better got out of bed and went over to see Mabel and then down to the Store & Steamer to put off the Tennis Match which is to be played here next Saturday between Kia Ora & Leigh Clubs on account of the lady players being laid up with influenza.
Thursday 24th It rained in the morning which made the roads slippery. Willie and I took the bullock down to the wharf and hauled up a Sack of Bran , a bag of Sugar & an empty Egg box. Joe and Harold took poor Minnie to Auckland, the Steamer calling round at Ti Point after she left here. I was digging in the pm. Willie walked over to Ti Point to milk Joes cows, he brought Alma back with him to stay here. I went down for the mail and looked after the Library in the evening.
Friday 25th It was a fine day. Alma went to school here for the first time. Willie took the bullock down to the wharf and hauled up a Sack of Maize & a Sack of Sharps. I was digging in the orchard. Willie rode over to Ti Point to milk Joes cows.
Saturday 26th It was a fine day and the wind is blowing strong from SW. In the morning Willie & I were planting out Paspalum plants in the front that we dug out of the orchard.
In the afternoon I was digging in orchard. Willie rode over to Ti Point to milk Joes cows, he found that Joe & Harold had returned home, the “Gael” having landed them here early this morning. Joe reported that Minnie was very bad. Willie brought Agnes home with him to stay here.
Sunday 27th It was a fine day. Willie walked over to Ti Point returning in the evening.
I was feeling very bad in the afternoon so I took to my bed with what I think is influenza.
Monday 28th It was a fine day. Jane rode over to Ti Point to get Minnies clothes together to send them to Auckland.
Tuesday 29th I got up to day but was lying about on the sofa feeling so weak and not able to do any work.
Willie was digging in this orchard during the remainder of this month.