At home. Boiled elderberries
for wine making & with Bern &
Jacks assistance strained the
berries off. Cut some hay
& carried two rope loads, as
much as I could lift, into the
hay shed. Put some stakes
to runner beans & kept the
hose going on the vegetables
all day. Miss Freeman up to
dinner Bertie bringing her along
from Church. Bern & Gretta
drove her down town after
Fine day. Very close with
rain indications towards night
but sky cleared later on. H E Gosnell
called & made an offer of £ 1650 for
J A Fraser’s Sedgley property. Wired
Fraser, Palmerston North but got no
reply. Played cricket with Carlton
combined Ver [versus] Masterton combined
A & B teams. Masterton won the
toss & Logan D sent his men in
to bat. T Flaws captained our team
& Styles & Claude Welch bowled.
Both were in form & disposed of Mastn [Masterton]
for 32 runs, Claude getting the 4
best wickets for 18 runs & Styles 4
for 11. We opened with Styles & my
self both of us losing our chance, Styles
going 1st over, bowled, & I caught in
the 2nd over for no runs. Hoar F
& Phillips followed in the 3rd over for
nothing, 4 wkts [wickets] down for nil. South
gate after being let off in the slips got
to work & was piling on the runs when he
had to retire for business matters. We made
64 & Mastn had 59 for 3 wkts in 2nd
inning when time was called.
Fine day. Brother Bill
rang up from Mikimiki & ask
ed me to go up to Eketahuna to
look at 400 acres at Putara
pars [particulars] of which I got from agent
Sparksman of Eketahuna.
Caught the 9.50 train & Bill got
in at Kopuaranga. Lunched at
Eketahuna then drove out in a
gig. Met owner Escott riding out
when we got near the place & he
turned back with us. Did not go
far over the property as it was
not up to our expectations, being
too rough with timber & not
very well situated, being the last
farm at the head of the valley and
near the watershed not far from
the high ranges. Back into Eketahuna
by 4 pm & we caught the 4.15 train
for home. Got pars of Lowes’s 300
acre farm near Eketahuna at £ 25/-
per acre. 10 % cash down.
Carried in a rope load of hay at
evening. Bernie doing the same.
Bottled peach jam at night. Fraser
of Palmerston [Palmerston North] rang up re selling to Gosnell.
Fine day. At office.
Not much doing. Mrs W
Dorset in re purchasing pro
perty in town. Saw Nops re
section of F Renall’s which Mrs
Dorset enquired about.
Down to Flaws at night
with our Cricket Committee
& did routine business &
selected a team to play against
the Masterton Club on Saturday.
War news state that German
submarines have sunk several
cargo boats in the North Sea
& the Channel & off the coast
Picked about 60 lbs [pounds] of Elder
berries after leaving the office
& carried home on my bicycle
a box of about 20 lbs.
Fine day. Bern &
I got our show exhibits
ready & Bertie & our girlie
Gretta got exhibits of Sweet
Peas. Got ponies in Phaeton
& Bertie drove down with Gretta.
Got exhibits duly placed then
we had morning tea at the Hall.
Our exhibits did fairly 3 thirds
for apples 1 first & 2 seconds
for potatoes, 2 seconds for carrots
& a second for parsnips &
3rd for onions, first & 3rd
for Tomatoes. After dinner Bertie
drove down with Mrs Gosnell to
see Sedgley House property of J A
Frasers with a view to Gosnell
buying same. Went down with them
returning at 4.30. Down to the Hall
with all the family at night & spent
an hour or so there. Brought home
exhibits in Phaeton about 10
Fine day. Very dry.
Down to office. Mr Searle in
re purchasing property in
town & got pars [particulars] of A H Alley’s
house & ½ ac [acre] in Sussex Str [Street].
Wrote up pars of properties
for H Gosnell.
Bern & I got potatoes &
vegetables ready for the
Horticultural Show tomorrow
& after tea we carried in a
load each of hay to the shed.
Fine day. Bern & I
got parsnips & carrots
ready for the Horticultural
show on Wednesday.
Down to office. Not much
doing. Went down to Fraser’s
property at Kuripuni & had
a look over it with a view to
selling same. Wrote to Fraser
a report on the property.
Lunched with Eileen at the
WFCA Tea rooms.
Fine day. At home.
Mowed some hay before
dinner. In the afternoon
I dug our potatoes & Bern
& I picked them up, selecting
a number to make a choice
for the Horticultural show
Fine day. Mr H E Gos
nell up early to see me re selling
his property to T Wyeth. Wyeth in
during the day and signed an agree
ment to buy & paid a deposit
of £ 50. Price £ 825. Played in
cricket match our Championship
finish & our A team, which I cap
tained, was beaten by our Bs, by 52
runs, thanks to the fine score
of 91 put up by F Hoar last
Saturday. Both teams in today
game made 120 runs.
Light rain very early in
the morning. Down to office.
Rang up Mr T Wyeth re purchas
ing property & he advised that he
would be in tomorrow & see me.
Not much doing.
Bottled plums & Damsons
War news state that the
Russians have had to fall back
to meet the German onslaughts
on strengthened positions, the
German forces being overwhelming.
Allies in the Western theatre
have made fair progress &
captured a number of trenches