31 December 1913

 

 

Dec 31 1913

 

December 1913
Wednesday 31
Up early & with Kemble walked through
the ChCh [Christchurch] gardens before break
fast. They are very pretty & well worth
a visit. Kemble took 2 or 3 snapshots
of same. After breakfast we went through
the Christchurch Cathedral, a very beauty
ful building. Got the Cycle car from
Sucklings & had to pay 3 o/- for about
1 o/- worth of work. Left ChCh [Christchurch] at 10.4
for Timaru & had a fair run down pass
ing through Ashburton, Geraldine,
Temuka & several small townships
along the road a distance of 117 miles.
Arrived in Timaru at 6.30 & foundshake downs at Werry’s private hotel.
Tea, bed & breakfast 5/-, pd [paid] in advance.
Had tea, then we walked round the town
for about an hour & were very pleased
with the place, which is prettily situated
on low hills running down to the beach.
Played Kemble 2 games of chess, lost both.
Wrote letter to Bertie & wrote up dairy [diary].
Saw the New Year in & heard the band
play it in.

31 Dec 1913 TOTAL

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30 December 1913

Dec 30 1913

 

December 1913
Tuesday 30
Fine day. Took the car to Sucklings
Garage to get repaired & then found
they were very busy so Kemble pulled it
to pieces to assist the repairer, whilst
I went to look for lodgings. Met Tal Green
a one time Masterton man & he took us
to the City Hotel where we put up at 6/-
per day against 8/- at the Federal.
After dinner we went to the Museum
where we spent over 2 hours then went
for a ride to Woolston, taking Electric
tram about 3 miles. Back for tea
at 5.50 after which we went to the
YMCA rooms & had a couple of games
of pool, then went for a walk. Kemble
shouted pictures for me at the “Grand”.
Christchurch is an exceedingly fine
city & splendidly laid out & there being
fine open spaces nicely laid off about
the centre of the city. The river Avon
gives it a charm & the beautiful
English Cathedral centrally situated
& standing by itself in a fine position,
sets off the city. Most of the large
buildings are erected in stone & are
very substantial, especially the University
buildings.

30 Dec 1913 TOTAL

27 December 1913

Dec 27 1913

December 1913
Saturday 27
Dull morning. Windy. NW.
After breakfast & good-bye, Kemble
& I motored to the city & booked our pass
ages by the Arahura to Picton which
left Wgtn [Wellington] at 12.45. Had a good
trip across, though it was windy.
Steamed into Picton in a little
over 4 hours. A very pretty little
spot the township nestling snugg
ly in a pretty little bay. There
being nothing much to see we decid
ed to make along to Blenheim. [We]
filled up with Benzine & got
away at 5.30. Road being in fair
order we did the distance about
18 miles in about 50 minutes &
put up at the Club Hotel where
we had dinner & booked beds.
Met J T Mowatt (agent) at night
& he took us to the Club.
Blenheim is a very nice clean town
& much larger than we expected

27 Dec 1913  TOTAL

26 December 1913

Dec 26 1913

 

 

December 1913
Friday 26
Fine day. Kemble & I made prepar
ations for a start for Wgtn [Wellington] en route
for South Isle for a tour. Left
home about 9 oclock, the other
members of the family with Miss M
Hickson & Miss Jones having made
arrangements to drive to Opaki
for a picnic. We arrived at Laurel
Hall, Taita, my birthplace, at 12.30
& Mot’s Hskpr [housekeeper] Mrs Ronning prepared
dinner for us, after which we went &
saw Mot at the clay pigeon shoot
ing match. Arrived at Seatoun, Wgtn
at 3.30 & found house locked up
so we went round the beach & found
my sister Ada & family, with G Lauch
lan & his wife & Miss Edgar picnicking.
Had tea with them, then to Ada’s where
we stayed the night & played 500.
G Lauchlan had to leave for Plm North [Palmerston North]
by train 9.15 pm

26 Dec 1913  TOTAL

 

25 December 1913

Dec 25 1913

 

December 1913
Thursday 25
Up about 7.30 & after
breakfast I put in an hour
or more sawing up gum tree.
Xmas dinner at 1.30 and
after same I put in a
couple of hours hoeing weeds
in the garden. Mr & Mrs
Jones came up with their
children & had tea with us.
Picked about 20 lbs of goose
berries for them. After tea
I played Mr Jones a game
of chess & got badly
beaten. Down to Ted Welch
& took recipe for making
Gooseberry wine.

25 Dec 1913  TOTAL

24 December 1913

Dec 24 1913

 

 

December 1913
Wednesday 24
Fine day. Put in about
½ an hour at sawing up
gum tree, for fire wood, be
fore breakfast. Down to
office. Busy with labour
matters & general office
work. Bertie and children
with Miss May Hickson down
town & we had tea at
Wenvoe tea rooms. Busy
ferretting out Xmas presents
for the youngsters. Home
about 11.15 & then went
down to Catholic Church to hear
Bertie sing during the midnight
mass. Home about 1.45 am.\

24 Dec 1913 TOTAL