October 1926

Friday 1st   A showery day.  I was not able to do anything in the garden.

Saturday 2nd   It rained all day.  Nothing doing outside.  Minnie sent Jane and me some Tomato plants by the school children, but on account of the weather and state of the ground we were not able to plant them.

Sunday 3rd   It was a showery day .  Mr Milligan should have held service in the morning, but on account of the weather he did not turn up.  Eddie Wyatt came in his lorry to Birdsalls so I went back with him to Leigh and staid the night with Jim and Elva.

Monday 4th   It was a showery day.  After breakfast I called at Eddies to see Ivy’s garden then went to the Post Office and took £12 . 10 . 0 out of the bank and deposited £20 in.
Called at Mr Milligans to see his garden,  then called at Mr A. Dunnings where Mrs D gave me morning tea.  Afterwards called on Mrs Gravatts , and returned home in Trevor Gravatt’s mail car just in time for lunch.

Tuesday 5th   There was a shower early in the morning, the remainder of the day was fine, but the ground was too wet to work, so I weeded between the Daffodils.

Wednesday 6th   It rained early in the morning, but the remainder of the day was fine.  Mrs Wallace and Alma came to spend the day.  I planted 6 Tomato plants that Minnie gave me.

Thursday 7th   It was a fine day.  I stuck the 2 rows of Stratagem Peas and dug up between the peas and the eschalotts, I had then to come inside as my back was bad.  Mr Perks was displaying his drapery for sale in the hall.

Friday 8th   It was a dull day, but it did not rain.  My back was bad so I was not able to do any work outside.

Saturday 9th   It was a showery day.  Was not able to do anything outside.

Sunday 10th   It was a showery day.  I went down to Pats in the morning to change my library books.  Mr E. Roke was to have held service in the pm, but none from this house went down.

Monday 11th   It was a very showery day.  I took up 300 onion plants before breakfast and sent them to Sandy Matheson as a present. Wrote a letter to Mr Birss, also sent him a Hansard which were posted today.  The weather was so wet I was not able to do anything in the garden.

Tuesday 12th   It was fine in the early morning, but the ground was so wet that I could not do anything in the garden, so I went down below the road and cut 3 bundles of pea sticks.  There were showers in the afternoon & evening.

Wednesday 13th   It was a showery day.  I was not able to do anything in the garden.
Jane went in the cream lorry to Big Omaha to spend the day with the Wallaces and Alma, and she returned home in the butcher’s lorry.
Mr Neeley came to see me in the afternoon about Church matters.

Thursday 14th   It was a dull day , but it did not rain.  I went down to Pats’s to change my book, also borrow papers.  I cut a bundle of pea sticks.  Jim rode to Warkworth to attend a Loan sale, he had 3 yearlings in the sale but only two were sold.

Friday 15th   It was a fine day, but the ground was so wet with all the rain we have had that I was not able to do anything in the garden.
Mr Redwood got up a concert at Matakana in the evening in connection with his two schools Big Omaha and Takatu Point,  all from here with the exception of myself went in Tom Ashton’s lorry, and they report that there was a big crowd, that the hall was packed and that the door money was over £21 –

Saturday 16th   It was a very fine day and the ground is drying up a little.  I forked out the weeds in the 3 onion beds and loosened up the ground.  Jim attended a meeting of the Cricket Association at Matakana in the evening.

Sunday 17th   It was a very dull day.  Jean & Mildred walked across the beach to Ti Point in the morning to spend the day, as Arthur & Ray Civil were there, they were brought back to our gate in their car. I walked round to Mr Whitaker’s in the afternoon where I always receive a welcome, Laddie had driven to Big Omaha and in returning, the back band broke, the horse played up, the shafts and splash board were broken, and the sulky capsined [?] but Laddie was not hurt.  It rained & I got wet.

Monday 18th   We all got up early as Jane was going to take Hector to Warkworth in Line Meiklejohn’s car to get his teeth seen to.  So I took up 200 onion plants and sent them by Hector for Will Dunning.
I dug up two strips of ground and transplanted the passion fruit plant.

Tuesday 19th   It was a very fine day.  I went down to get a few Tomato plants .  The row of plants is as follows.
Next the fence, 3 Peach Tomato,  1  a plant from Warkworth,  2 plants Carters Sunrise, 3 plants Fillbasket.  I dug up the path and one of the onion beds.

Wednesday 20th   It was a very fine day.  I dug over again the piece of ground next the dwarf beans,  also a strip next the cabbages.

Thursday 21st   It was a very fine day and the ground is drying up nicely.  I dug up between the row of peas and other strips of ground.

Friday 22nd   It rained in the morning and I was disappointed as it has spoilt the ground and I was going to plant peas today.  The weather cleared up in the afternoon, but the ground was too wet to plant anything.
Mr & Mrs Stewart came here after school as there is Community Singing in the hall this evening.  All of us went down, but the attendance was not very large, the takings was about £2 . 7 . 0  — About £1 . 17 . 6  will be for the Omaha Cricket Club.  Mr & Mrs Stewart staid the night here.

Saturday 23rd   It was a very fine day.  Jim and Pat went to Matakana as there was a friendly cricket match there amongst the members of the Rodney Cricket Association.  There was a hockey match in the Domain in the afternoon between the school boys – Mr & Mrs Stewart returned home after the match.  I was working in the garden all day .  I sowed a long row of Peas.  Sutton’s Peerless, next to the Canadian Wonder beans.

Sunday 24th   It was a very fine day.  Revd Rouprecht held service in the hall in the morning, there was a good congregation.  The Parson went to Birdsalls for dinner.  I went in his car in the pm to Big Omaha to visit my friends the Wallaces and the Laurence Whittakers,   had pm tea  &  tea the former place, they have everything very nice and comfortable,  Ken was up on a visit, they brought me back in their car – and all of them came up to the house to have a chat .  Jean went to Warkworth in Tom Ashton’s lorry.

Monday 25th   Labour Day   The weather was very fine .  I was working in the garden all day.  I planted 2 rows of Canadian Wonder Beans.  Jim rode to Leigh there was a Tennis match, he returned for milking.  Mr & Mrs Albert Wyatt gave a dance in the evening in the new addition to their boarding house before the partitions were put up.

Tuesday 26th   It was a very fine day.  Jim started to work on the road.  Mabel came to spend the day.  I dug between the peas & cabbages, also dug up the piece of ground between the beans and sweet peas.

Wednesday 27th   It was very misty in the morning, but it turned out a very fine day.  I sowed 2 rows of Carrots ,  Intermediate and Shorthorn.
There was a dance in the hall in the evening in aid of the Big Omaha Tennis Club, Jim and Jane went.

Thursday 28th   I got up early and went up into the garden and planted 5 Tomato plants  (Carters Sunrise) that Mabel sent me, while doing so it commenced to rain and I got wet and had to change, it cleared up a bit afterwards and Jim went to work on the road.  I went down to Pats to take Dolly a scarlet verbena and to borrow some newspapers.  It was a showery day and I was not able to do anything more outside.

Friday 29th   It was a showery day.  My cold was pretty day
[sic: bad?]  and I did not go up to the garden.

Saturday 30th   It was a very fine day.  There was a cricket match at the Domain, Pakiri  V  Omaha, the later won.  All from this house went except me.

Sunday 31st   It was a very fine day.  Mr Milligan held service in the morning, all in this house except me went.  In the afternoon I called at Pats, it was Ina’s 3rd birthday, I went on to Harry Ashtons to see Mabel’s garden.

The total rainfall as recorded at the Warkworth P.O. was 9.67 inches.  Rain fell on 21 days, heaviest fall being on Oct 1st when 2.2 inches were recorded.  The rainfall for Oct last year was 3.79 inches.