September 1923

Saturday 1st   It rained last night.  It was the first rain since 21st inst.  It was a fine day.  Hector was laid up sick in bed.
I planted 1 row  Up to Date Potatoes also
                       1 row  Stratagem Peas

Sunday 2nd   It was a fine day, ‘tho a cold wind was blowing.  Revd Poole held service in the hall in the morning.  All of us went with the exception of Hector & Mildred.  Dear old Jim Wyatt came to spend the day.  He brought a lot of Daffodils from my garden, also a present of a pair of socks for my birthday.  I was very glad to see dear old Jim.

Monday 3rd   It was a very fine day.  I sowed seeds of Red Beet & Enfield Market Cabbage.

Tuesday 4th   It was a very fine day.  Mabel & Mrs Tom Ashton came to spend the day.  I was digging the headland next the top fence, also between the seed onions, also prepared land for a row of beans.

Wednesday 5th   It was a fine day.  The “Kawau” did not come today as she got stuck at Mangawai.  Sowed 2 rows of Canadian Wonder Beans.

Thursday 6th   It was a fine day, but the wind was blowing from NE.
I was digging over the piece of ground between the peas & potatoes. Jane was pretty bad this morning, vomiting & bad headache, and had to go back to bed again, but got up again later in the day.  I went down to see Ivy who is staying at Mrs Holders.

Friday 7th   It was a fine day, but blowing hard from NE.  The “Kawau” made a round trip.  I commenced to clear more ground.

Saturday 8th   A cold cheerless day.  Wind strong NE.  I commenced to dig the piece I was clearing yesterday.

Sunday 9th   It was blowing & raining all day.  None of us went out anywhere.

Monday 10th   There were a few slight showers, but everything was wet outside after the rain yesterday.  I wrote a long letter to my brother Henry.

Tuesday 11th   It was a fine day, only a few slight showers.  In the morning I went round for the mail, posted the letter and a Weekly News to my brother Henry, got 2 loads of black soil , dug some ground, sowed seeds of Tomato, planted out 6 Cabbages

Wednesday 12th   It was a showery day.  I nearly finished the piece of ground.

Thursday 13th   It was a fine day.  Jim, Jane & Mildred went to the store in the boat.  They brought some Tomato plants that Jack had brought from Auckland.  I planted 12 Tomato plants in the evening, 6 of each variety.  Mr Addenbrook called.

Friday 14th   It was a fine day, but very windy.  I could not do much in the garden on account of the wind.  Went to Mr Whitakers in the pm.

Saturday 15th    It was a fine day & not so windy as yesterday.  I stuck the 2 rows of Peas that were resown on the 3rd of August.  Burned all the rubbish on the onion ground,  dug over the piece I intend for Cauliflowers.  May Dunning came in the afternoon and staid the night.

Sunday 16th   It was a fine day.  May & I walked over to Pat Dunnings, Big Omaha to spend the day, I called in at Mr Redwoods.  Jim drove over in the sulky in the pm to bring us home.

Monday 17th   It was fine in the morning.  I planted 4 rows of Onions, over 200 plants.  It came on to rain late in the pm, but I remained out and got wet to plant the last row.

Tuesday 18th   It rained heavily last night and I was unable to do anything in the garden as everything was too wet,  I went to the P O for the mail, received the Seeds from Mackay’s.

Wednesday 19th   It was a very cold windy day, I was not able to do anything out of doors.
It was the “Waipu” steamer that came today, and she made a round trip,  Minnie, Eyleen & Teddy returned from Norman & Alma’s wedding.

Thursday 20th   A very showery day.  Had a bad cold.  Not able to do much out of doors.

Friday 21st   It was a very fine day.  There was a Bazaar in Leigh in aid of the Anglican Church, Jim drove Jane & Mildred over to it in the pm.  I did not go as I have a cold & sore throat.  In the pm I sowed seeds of Cabbage & Cauliflower.  Jim drove Jean again in the evening to Leigh to the concert, they returned, but Jane and Mildred staid the night.

Saturday 22nd   It rained in the morning, but it afterwards turned out a fine day.  Jim & Hector started to drive to Matakana to a school boys hockey match, but on their way they heard that it was put off.
I planted out 22 lettuces & 4 Cabbages

Sunday 23rd   Fine day, only a shower in pm.  Revd Addenbrooke held service in the Hall in the morning, he came up here for lunch afterwards.

Monday 24th   It was a fine day  Jane & Mildred came along with Mr Stewart to Ti Point school and Jim went to meet them with the sulky. Mr Whitaker came to have a look at my garden, he took 200 onion plants.  I took up 300  do [ditto]  for Mabel.

Tuesday 25th   It was a fine day.  Jim planted the Rhubarb plants that Mabel gave him, also 12 Tomato plants that Willie sent.
I took up 500 Onion plants for Mr A. Dunning.  I resowed some Stratagem peas, also seeds of Phlox & Calliopsis in a box.  Went over to Leigh in the afternoon in Mr Stewart’s sulky, had tea at Mr A. Dunnings, attended a meeting in the hall to consider building a memorial Library, staid the night at Mr Dunnings

Wednesday 26th    It was a very fine day.  I got up early and went up to my old garden and got some plants, after breakfast at Mr Dunnings I returned home in the cream cart.  I planted the flower plants I brought home, planted out 4 Cabbages.

Thursday 27th   It was a very fine day.  I stuck the 3rd row of Peas, dug between them.  Jim was planting Onions.
Lucy O’Driscol came in the afternoon for 500 Onion plants, took up 300 for Mr Harvey & 100 for Mrs Holder.  Took down a parcel of seeds for Archie Dunning to take to his father tomorrow, carried up a bag of sand.

Friday 28th   It was a very fine day.  In the morning I went down to Mrs Holders and planted 100 Onion plants,  Jim finished planting Onions, he has planted nearly 700.   I sowed 2 rows of White Stone Turnips.  Received 25 Cauliflower plants by the mail in the evening which Willie sent.

Saturday 29th   It was a very fine day.  I planted the 25 Cauliflower plants that Willie sent.  In the pm I took the mail round to the Evans’. There was a working bee at the Domain getting gravel to form a new cricket pitch.  There was a Hockey match at Matakana between the Matakana & Omaha school boys, Matakana won.

Sunday 30th   It was a very fine day.  Revd Poole held service in the Hall in the morning, there was a good congregation.  Mr Poole came here for dinner.  Minnie, Eyleen & Jack came in the afternoon, they brought us some wedding cake of Alma & Norman, they staid for tea, I gave Minnie some cabbage plants.