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.