Sun: 7th. FEBRUARY 1909
Yesterday Lark spoke to
Derg, about the "Young Woman"
Deary started copying "The Diary" this
My leg still sore, must get it well soon. We took our 3
o'clock-tea to <Banyan> passage; Dergie
had a swim after. I put
book in drawer of sideboard, and it still stuck! so annoying, going to
a warm bath.
Up at 5.30. Derg and I had a swim
then. Betty (the cow) been milking since Nov. Get lots of
milk. heavy showers all day. got ready to go to the
Mission, but too
wet. So Derg and I
wrote most of afternoon. Woman washed.
tree fell on cocoanut tree.....
Heavy rain and wind
all day. Clothes not dry, so bedroom was turned over.
Derg copying the
Diary in morning, I sewed a little- Heard about last sat: that Sark wants to
on here and marry Asunga! soon after dinner, the rain being
lighter, we started to walk to the
mission to see how Mrs. Mackenzie
was ( she had been ill all week with Neuralgia ). Found her in
fever. Gave Mothers presents to the children. Doctor had, had a 3½ hrs.
Operation on an
unfortunate native. Stopped at A.T.'s on our way home.
Theo, actually out in cutter!... and this the
hurricane season- a grand
sea on. Wet and muddy almost to my waist.
Up 15 to 6
Another wild wet day. Boys felled 3 trees, and 2 large ones fell one on
and cocoa tree:-Derg got honey out of one, and got 2
nasty stings- He marked out, and had wood
got for Asunga's house- Sewed
very, very little- Women ironing in kitchen in afternoon,
still on line.
Dear Mrs Bland died early this
Sewed a bit, but not much done. Am "off colour" day- "Ladies"
finished ironing in afternoon.
10.30. had a bit of am "off colour", headache- Asunga did out siting-room.
Darned 1 pr:
each of socks and stockings. went with Derg to get Betty
and Lightfoot, in. and to feed pigs and
fowls. Deary feeling a bit like
Fine day at last.
Up at 20 past 5. Black leaded and whitened stove. Some
house work and cooking--- after 3
o'clock tea had bath- then went with
Derg to see women at work on leaf for Asunga's house. Then
after Betty. Derg still busy copying Diary- After supper put clothes away,
and sewed and
read a little. Arther sent us some beans.
Up at about 6.30. Rains every night. Derg mended chimney. Arther
here to dinner- After we - he
walked - went in boat to "Mission". Mrs.
Mc.Kenzie still in bed, but much better- Doctor refuses
them. S. and A. home about 5.30. Wrote after.
5.30. A lovely sunshining day, but it rained about 3. all the afternoon.
We are in the
"Hurricane, and rainy season." I washed with the two
women and we had every thing out before
Asunga is washing the coloured things on Sat. morning. Deary has
11,500 words copied of "The
Diary." Hurrah for him.
Derg and the boys finished Sâk's and Asunga's house. Such a sweet
Natural one with a large
porch and a green leaf door. Julian here
for water- they are working at the corn house- Gave him
half of our
fruit tart- So tired in afternoon Bread night.
Baked, and a "Wedding Loaf", and we gave the young women a half
holiday, but Sâk said he
would rather wait till Mon! A bit of a snoot,
Old sore on foot gathering up so, Dearie,
poulticed it and took his chair on veranda for me, and
he was writing-
A note from A. Thomas- So Derg and Asunga off to Doctors.
I had dinner
ready, and bought cocoanuts etc.
Wedding off. Report saying it is being
forced on young woman. Such nonsense
We had a lovely swim at "The
Passage". A walk after Betty. And got some Ningets- after heaps
Derg Dynamited a grand lot of fish- We
Grilled some for dinner- Tired, so lay down later
A bit Snooty! Derg and I had a lovely
rest in our room after dinner- Then Derg poured a can of
water over me
in the bathroom- I got into clean clothes- were-after "Snoot" vanished,
walked to the far cocoanuts and had two between us for
afternoon-tea. After tea helped Asunga
wash up, and Dergie and I had
our chairs out; and a grand talk-
Hurrah for no "Snoots"!! Began
Mon: 22nd. February
<Wyamahetts> gone so
Asunga and I washed- finished some time before dinner- also
cooking of dinner etc: Quite proud of us! Put out Derg's letter
case- <Taruoche> and her
household good passed this afternoon-
they are away to <Nogugu>, for 5 years.
Baked bread. Cut up some of our nice "Snake
beans", 2nd. lot we have had.- made 5 jars of
Ningetle jam. Asunga did
all the ironing so well. We did Hordern's order. After dinner and a
on the little bed in our room, I made a cake for Dergie's
birthday. Afternoon tea always at 3. Derg
and I got Ninjetles, I went
after Betty- after supper, we walked as far "Pretty
Beach" and sat on
old tree awhile- after I sewed, and Dearie read.
Dearie's birthday- Such a grand happy day, but sure, they are
mostly all that- (Mostly's for
"Snoots"!) But Dergie's hair- A.1.- - We
had a lovely little rest. washed brushes and
socks.....Sewed a little.
Asunga's sewing afternoon.
Derg and I, and Asunga had our supper round
at "Banyan Passage"- boiled the billy etc: Home -
sweet home- about
seven- cooked a wee bit and wrote a little, and read Dergie's
17,000 words now.
Second Mother's birthday
Derg and "boys" been making Copra last few
days.... Napops Grand!! A lovely morning. I turned
out and swept
Sitting- room after afternoon-tea writing mothers letter till tea time-
Sat out a bit
after. a lovely moonlight-evening - finished Mother's
letter and had a bath- ( bread night)
Derg felt "fever" out, and could
not sleep, so about 10.30 we had sponge and lime juice..
Up at 15 to 6 baked bread, date loaf,scones etc. Cut beans. sorted
clothes for soaking- after our
rest, washed head- I then wrote with
Derg- made "banana fritters" for tea.
From 40 nuts under 1 tree, Derg
has made 16 lbs: of Copra- The first from our own trees, hurrah!
Dearie now has 19,000 words written- We both wrote after tea. Put 8
chicks in yard- expect the
Up at 15
to 6. so tired when I got up. So Dearie did all the cleaning of the stove
for me, wile I
finished writing my letters. After our after dinner rest
had a bath and then sewed a bit while Derg
wrote. Had our chairs and
books out on the veranda after supper. I did a little bit of cooking-
Grilled <Julian's> for tea.
Later in morning took our chairs and books out under lime tree- I was so
afternoon tea we had a walk to corn house and on to white
Sands for ferns, then out after Betty.
She is knocking cocoanuts down!
Read after supper- raining- No steamer yet- Derg has 20,000
( Weighed- I was 9.4 Derg 11.8 )
Mon: 1st. March
poured last night- but has been fine day- Expecting boat every minute!--
Derg helped me wash
this morning, and it was all out before 10!- The
dear old helper- Put tape on waist of "loly-stick"
dress- Went with
Dearie after Betty- Sat out in the porch after tea a bit, then Dergie
out something, I think, today; was looking in little book!
Its too beautiful, if its true.
Asunga and I both
ironed in morning- I sewed in afternoon- Derg and I had a lovely swim
on the pretty beach.
Steamer in at last! She
whistled at 4.40.am. too early, so I did not go on aboard- Asunga and I
all work, and I made scones and tartlets, before Derg got back to
somewhere near 9. Breakfast. A
Grand mail. Crying, Had to go to bed
late in afternoon- a wretched evening.( Mother sent a hat to
fact, books, a box of<beads> and soaps and all good
Was in bed all day till about 4 pm. just
tired and headacky--- After tea sat awhile in
Asunga did sitting-room and I turned
out bedroom. moved box and wardrobe. I beeswaxes the
up 5.30- cooked on copper-fire as I cleaned stove
after breakfast- Derg made up bread for me- He
baked and put away 1 tin
of Bation-biscuits. (soldered tin.) Baked bread and ginger-bread.
wrote and I sewed most of afternoon. Then we went after Betty. Read after
Turned out "Someone's" Corner drawer. We got up
at 6. am..
A.T. over after dinner and stayed to tea- road his new
horse, which went through the new chicken
shelter roof! bless it! New
doggie came too! he went at 6.pm as it was such a wet, windy night-
two read the papers- such a wild wet night.
wet day- Asunga washed some in morning- I got ½hrs.. sewing in- In after
washed and left the basket ready to hang out tomorrow morning-
Sewed after supper- Derg done
Hung washing out. Baked. Wednesday's
work today- Saved a little, then walked to "Pretty
with Derg and (Larrie) and Watched Dearie swim; not far out though, for
there was a
swarm of sharks, close in! Then we went after Betty. Been
so sleepy and tired in the evenings
lately, so have gone earlyish to
bed- Am still reading "My Friend".
Mother sent it, and "Rudder Grange" by the last
Wed: 10th. March.
We- A- and I ironed this morning-
finished in afternoon latish- Derg and I had a swim at Banyian
then went for Betty.
A very hot, steamy morning-
Moved sofa and writing-table when doing out sitting-room.
Had our mid-day rest under a cocoanut. Derg
canned two bags of rice-hurrah! for its a tedious
job--- sewed a
little. Bread-night. Wrote in here, sewed a wee bit more.
Baked bread and a Bella Cake early- Then Derg baked and soldered
up a large tin of biscuits.
Still raining- Sewed in afternoon- We went
to bed early and read aloud to Dergie.
Up 5.30 After
breakfast cleaned stove. A bit tired so Dearie helped me do it- Asunga
coloured clothes. So swept kitchen, scrubbed a table, and then
Dergie wrote all afternoon, and I Sewed, then we planted a
cocoanut and went with Derg while
he had a swim. Was too lazy or tired
myself! Sewed after tea and Dergie wrote.
day- We spent the day round on "The Pretty Beach"- Asunga boiled "Billy",
dinner "out" too!
We both wrote- I started my mail- had a
swim in early afternoon- home- I went after Betty. Early
out side reading a bit, then went early to bed, and read
Up 5.30. Asunga and I washed. Wash house and
all finished before dinner- I too changed dress
trader from Oba here after dinner. after a saucepan! Sewed, and we damped
folded clothes. then Derg and I went for a swim, and got Betty.
bread-night. sat outside a wee bit,
then we both wrote.
up 15 to 6. A horrid tired sinky feeling before and after
breakfast. So instead of setting to ironing
at once went with Derg to
"Pretty Beach" to Dynamite fish; he got a lot of such large ones---
finished dinner, when up walked Theo- back from his trip, West-
and with 3 recruits for us! its
grand! He had some dinner, and stayed
till after afternoon-tea- I ironed Sun-bonnet and other
Asunga. Pottered round cooking fish etc: then we read some of Dergie's
Tried to make butter again but
its not nice this hot weather- Helped A- with bedroom--- After
we went and sat on the "Pretty Beach". lovely! and such a nice Breeze---
then I washed
Filter, and baked 3 loaves soda for "boys" for 1/6!---
Sat out a bit after supper, and then both
Dergie doing a
grand lot of writing lately! to be ready for this next mail!
Asunga and I did out the Setting Room, finished by 10.am.
Cut out "Sofa creation" for covering
one of the two large cushions. I
partly sewed it up. Sewed in after. Then went with Dergie and
him swim- Bread night. We both wrote after supper- Derg went a little
earlier to bed as
he is not very well, poor old boy.
Up at 5.30. Baked bread and a cake and pudding- Asunga and I put
clean paper on pot shelves.
Kitchen all scrubbed.
"pains" a bit, but writing and doing his works all day- I finished the one
and started the other- then we went after "new boy" and
Betty. Tea early, and sat on veranda a
while after and watched storm- I
had a bit of pains too. then we both went early to bed.
Very tired after breakfast. lay on sofa a little while.
had diarrhoea the last few days, poor old boy. He gave stove small clean
for me. very little
cooking. sewing, while Dergie wrote. About 4 pm.
went after Betty. Both of us tired- sat out on
chairs after tea. I
howled a little, Derg got me some Sal-volatey- We went to bed early, and
Derg got up and milked Betty and fed the
fowls, and then, like the good old boy he is, stayed in
afternoon-tea. Then we put letters in his case. and tidied some of his
before supper he had a warm bath, and we had a nice
evening in Siting-room. I cut things out of
papers. We had grand
breakfast and dinner, sitting on the side of the bed! I finished
letter in morning.
Asunga did most of
washing. I rinsed and blued most of them. I was busy putting fowl on
chicken broth and seeing to dinner. Made beds and swept room after
dinner- After afternoon-tea
Asunga and I went as far as corn-house and
had a swim. Nithgar, Neuery and Thow came today,
all for three months,
Hurrah! sleeping in new house. Washed my head- Hurrah! hurrah!
finished his book this evening- I wrote too, after making
Started to make Copra- Baked bread. 4 more
boys from on tops worked today and Wednesday. A-
and I ironed all
morning. Copra smoke house burnt partly down, Derg,boys soon had it
then boys releafed the burnt part. Put away clothes- Cried a
bit about 5. had warm bath. Tired "too
much" after tea so went early
(about 8) to bed. before, finished 2nd. large cushion, I but
on wash box in Kitchen. Cried a bit more, going to bed. Dearie
helped me- He is still suffering
from diarrhoea poor old boysie- I too
troubled a bit in the night.
Wed: 24th. March.
4 more boys
(Vilia and his children) A.Thomas paid us a visit in morning- Sewed a
scrap. A- did
bedroom- "Gumbo" (from Olea) here after and before
breakfast. H.C. Bought Pig. pig and a lot of
other pigs also---
proposed to Derg for the "young woman".!! Rained hard all after. I
wardrobe- Dearie says he is better today, its lovely- I'm
Thurs: 25. March.
Asunga and I did the sitting-room.
after dinner cried a bit I was tired, lay down and then got into
and read "My Friend The Chauffeur," finished it. Dergie and I had a grand
little tea, he got
and brought into our room. Anyhow after supper
started again! and the old boy was beside me in
his chair, Smoking,and
reading. Cried till late- an awful night. it must, and I hope will be the
Dearie, brought me breakfast in bed-
my darling- tired, so had a bath about nine, and then lay on
bed a bit.
Storm of rain about 11. had to nail the sack over the door again. Derg
did the dear old "book" up,
Out to dinner with my boy
Sewed a little in after, I think Dearie baked bread for me in
Righto again. hurrah. only whitened stove this
week. Roast "bushie" (a good one) for dinner-
Dearie put Chinz-covered
backs to cushions- a nice old after: walked about garden a little
rose-cutting at our little grave. Then Derg wrote a letter and I
sewed. a wild afternoon. sewed a
little after supper.
Such a wet windy night and we woke up to a wet stormy day. Cherry
pie, for dinner! and a lovely
rest, and a lovely afternoon together
reading, "Pope". Tea in the Kitchen. I wrote after. A terrible
Asunga washed.(not a large one) I did Kitchen
work. Dergie helped me wash up. He and I cut up
oranges for jam in the
We did some of ironing- I
starched some. "Young woman" had an obstinate fit! she was tiresome-
sent her to weed, and ironed my things (starched ones) and had jam on too-
Went with Derg
after Betty- Jam finished at 10 past 7. My old boy
helped me pot it- 8 jars marmalade.
Both up a little
before 5.30. Dearie black-leaded and whitened the stove for me. Bedrooms
Beans for dinner, and tinned boiled mutton! Asunga finished
ironing after dinner. Went with Derg
for Betty. sat out in chairs, I
went early to bed, Darned one pr. socks!
April,s Fool Day! and Derg made me one by getting me to see the
"Moon" list at 7.30 am!! We
did sitting-room. and
Dearie put a
drawer of books away. Another bath in after- tired so did not get much
done in after.
Sat out in chairs.
A lovely night. Derg helped
me tie down and label jam- No boat yet!! Steamer in, whistled
9.30 pm!! Poor old Dergie was asleep- Went down I saw him off.
Then slept and woke, on and off
till he got home at about 1.am. Then we
had some supper and read our letters- In bed after 2.am.
We were a bit later in morning. I put things to rights
Heard from Mother That dear Mrs. Bland passed away- We will all
miss our old Friend.
Got all morning work done in
morning! Got tidied, I cut out covers for two "Rosewood chairs".
boy was ready. About four we had a swim at "The Passage", and went after
a pair of stockings after tea and darned
Up at 7.(late for us) Derg and I cut egg
sandwiches, and about 11 am. Went off to the beach past
" Nop Wise's
Passage", for a day out. Took "Gorden", and had a lovely time. A.T. came
after us in
afternoon but could not find us!
Sat out in
chairs, and had our supper out in them at 6.30
wet morning, but fine about 11 am. I washed up etc. in kitchen, then did a
little washing with
Asunga. Finished before dinner. A tin of Salmon
opened for dinner. hurrah! Got tidied and
finished 1st. chair-cover-
tired and head acky so had some pickle. 2nd one after supper. and
talked of our farm. went to bed after 9.
5 am! and set bread to rise- then dressed- Got our lunch after breakfast
and at about 20 past
7 Dergie and I and the 3 boys from on top left for
Lathu- A lovely morning, and we had a grand
day, like we always do
there, in spite of being horrible tired in morning. Got a boat full of
and left over 200- Sea choppy and got a shower before we got home.
After tea read in our easy
up at 5.30.
Last night was so tired I cried instead of going to sleep- till Dergie
soothed me like he
always does. Asunga broke our dear little blue wash
basin! Bedroom done out. Dergie got fish this
morning, lovely Mackerel.
Yam too for dinner. Its just coming in, hurrah!
Sitting- room day- baked today, as we let the <Missus> have
one of our loaves on Thursday.
After dinner, got tidied, and sorted out
some bedroom cloths, and table-cloths, to make. after
Fri: 9th. April.
Gut up oranges for jam, Marmalade,
rather- After dinner and a rest, we went across in the boat to
Macafee and her baby, also the Missus and Doctor; the former I had not
seen since I saw
her in bed Feb: 14th. They have been
month at Big Bay. the Baby's
sweet! Born on "The Tambo"! Back to our own cosy tea-
Sewed at machine
after- Had a small number of "melting moments"! We both had a grand
Up at 6 am.!! Greatly rested. Nannie, or
mutton for dinner! Finished marmalade soon after. 8
jars- then we had a
grand rest, and a play! after went to see the work Derg is doing at the
house, rebuilding the walls! poor old boy; then on for a swim. Tea
in kitchen- Cold Meat, tea, etc.
etc:- Wrote in here after and
Dearie helped me cover the marmalade.
up at 6.30.
Lovely Sunday morning. a dear old time at home. Only felt tired most of
wrote a letter! I turned out "our little chap,s drawer",
and put some of own underclothes in trunk.
we both had a good Sunday
afternoon's rest in our room. Then I got tidied, and went on with
We walked to far clearing to see if many nuts had
fallen, and got Betty. I was still at clothes after
supper! About 9.30.
pm. when I went to bed!
Up 5.30 Helped A.- get on tub
of white clothes to boil. Washed breakfast things and saw to
Then rinsed and blued clothes and hung them out. Got tidied, made scones,
Took Derg some milk, to corn house. Got one side of it
Partly made bag for cabinet. Planted fine fern by our door.
Hemmed clothes for bedroom.
Finished sewing and darning after supper,
Dearie, made the bread for me.
up at 5.30. Baked.
etc:- Starched ironed a little- Wrote in here after dinner- Ironed
things. (3 wee gowns amongst them!) Then went to Corn house
and Derg and I went to"our
corner" for a swim, only I was tired so
watched Dergie. Dearie Dynamited fish Got a small lot for
some breadfruit waiting us at home, Hurrah! some for supper- Darned
left somewhere after 7.30 am. for Lathu,(
Nethgar and Tee.) Dearie landed me and "my
stockings", and pup on
and then went round to other side for cocoanuts. but was soon
again, and we went on to top to cocoanuts. Tired, very, all day.
also, hungry- A nice day there,
like always on our dear old Island. of which we
are "King and Queen"!
Went to bed about 7.pm. and read! Only- I soon
Thurs: 15th. April.
up about 6. (The weather is quite
fresh and cool in mornings now.) We did out Sitting room.
here, Sewed in afternoon then walked to "Corn-house", to escort Derg home!
the eventful banana fritters! The fat- I never saw any so
actually red hot- cracked two earthen jars-
and the fritters were nice
but brown too much! went to make bread- and yeast sent mountains
flour out of the basin, everywhere!! It capped all other misfortunes
and I just cried, I was so tired.
The dear old boy, came to the rescue,
and finished the bread. We both read after.
Breakfast 6.30. Hurrah! for it- Then began Misfortunes, which are unusual
ones- First upset half pan of milk over front of stove!
Feeling a bit melty too, somehow. Then
after Derg had gone the "Young
women" was troublesome, and I easily made out of temper- So I
dear old helper, and he came, and afterwards left us and everything,
rights- But I got into
such a state of crying, before he came. Sure, I
was weakish all the day... Billy tea and biscuits for
lovely rest with dearie.
Dressed, and took "Heeling" to corn-house. tea
at 5.30. After we read, I read a bit out loud. Going
to bed I was
feeling a bit bad and "Showery"- but Dearie soon made me feel right
Up 20 to 6. Breakfast 15 to 7. Asunga washed
coloured things. I finished in house, then did a
morning cooking- One
of our own young roosters. A beauty.
Derg and I cleaned the spoons and
forks, cruet, biscuit-barrel, and two silver teapots. First
there lives! Then we went after Betty, and round our little farm yard.
Tea 15 to 6. Planted ferns A. brought. And Derg trans-planted
Up at 6.30. Was going to do wonders on the
writing line, but too tired- (fat!) so lay on sofa and
read most of the
cool Breezy, (windy!) Sunday- Dearie wrote to Nell, the good old boy-
Supper started Mothers, and wrote 4 or 5 sides-
Righto- up at 5.30. Washing mostly finished before dinner. A
showery morning. Darned a bit,
and took Derg some tea to the
corn-house. About a little after five Derg went off in the boat to
french trader- the Wee Wee ("Oui Oui"): Not back to supper till after
seven. I read my book
aloud- and it was grand reading to my boysie-
till nearly 10.pm.!! Awful late- Set the lady in
A dreadful wet morning. All the
shutters up! Breakfast in the kitchen- Made a date-pudding and
custard, for pudding part of dinner- Ironed a wee bit- most of clothes
still on line- Heeling
all afternoon- like "healing", its slow work!
Set bread at five- Derg finished the walls of
Corn-house this evening--
hurrah! Wrote in here after supper, and sewed.
All lovely cool days now Bedroom turned out- Poor thing!
up oranges for jam. About two, Nithgar and Newrie, pulled me to "The
Mission"(in the boat!)
(Dearie stayed to
see me off and fortified
me by giving me a cocoanut to drink and a piece of Copra for the
Roses to wear too) Leastways were almost there but were "chased"
by another boat and told they
were all on "White Sands"- So went there,
found all sitting round "King Billy", A Thomas
presiding- Back to my
boy at the Corn -house about 4. and we walked home and then he had
swim at "The Passage" and we got Betty. On Tuesday evening, we had a
game of Halma! our first
since we've been married, and played
Solitaire. Cut out wrapper. (pink one)
day. Made marmalade (with brown sugar) 7 Jars. Sewed up wrapper a bit.
little- Went to bed early and read, Dergie did too, but soon
went to sleep. Blew out light, and soon
after started crying and found
it so hard to stop, in spite of Dergie helping me. but went to
soon when I did- Our weekly tin of meat opened today.
Up soon after 5.30. The book ought to reach Uncle Sep today- Good
luck to it! Boys started
copra- Made cakes etc. in morning- Dearie got
me lovely ferns last evening for the sitting-room as
we expect the
Mackenzies and Mrs. Macafee to afternoon-tea this afternoon.------- They
minus the Doctor- about 10 to 3. Baby too! such a nice
afternoon- after they left we went after
Betty- and I washed "the
entertainment" up- and Derg made the bread, and after supper helped
cover the marmalade- dear old boy- Wrote in here, and then we played
The Missus sent us a lovely shoulder of
"mutton". Derg caught (shot) some grand large Garfish.
So fish for
dinner, mutton for supper. In after- cut Dearie's hair. Then we started
(went shopping!) and then went after Betty- and sat on
the side of our cool grassy hill. after supper
finished the list- about
8.pm. went to bed and read.
up 6.30. We both feel
grand and fit. So hurrah, for letter writing Derg wrote all morning. I
afternoon. My poor old boy had a bit of fever before tea- so we
both went to bed after tea, and I
read to him a little- A showery
up 5.30. Derg, righto. 17 boys altogether
Did kitchen work and helped Asunga. A lovely morning,
but rain came suddenly in afternoon and
we could not get all the
Work and washing finished before dinner so wrote on veranda
Boat in about 5. pm. "The Mailaita"- We had a lazy cup
of tea before Derg went aboard- Quite a
big mail for us both. Derg back
about 7.pm. Made a curry while he was away for our late tea.
nearly on reef. Frantic Small
whistling's! Small officer carried
ashore! at "House-boat". Left curry, and went to the rescue!
our dear old
letters till after ten. One to each of us from Ed. Don't
think he will be coming after all, we are
sorry. Dear old Mother and
Father sent us 2 of their beehives- 1 pr. double sheets and 10
lovely apple jelly in small basket inside them.
Asunga did all ironing
After dinner changed dress, and wrote
all afternoon. Just before five horrid old crying started-
and I cried
and cried!! Dearie brought me such a nice tea; Apple jelly and cream! and
such a nice
cup of tea. Was only equal for tea- which was a shame! Dear
old boy so good to me. but I must
have been- always am when like that-
terribly trying- its a wretched thing- Derg wrote later,
Dearie brought me bread and milk and
nice things, and I had breakfast in bed- lazy me- and my
boysie had his
with me. Up just before dinner- Lazy- or tired- all afternoon. outside (in
after tea. Dearie like fever, so after lay on sofa, covered up.
poor old boy! Boat in sight about
somewhere after 7.pm.. Derg out
waiting for her! Mrs. Macafee and Baby went home by her....
Copra! £4:10- hurrah! 8 bags. Derg got dripping Whole tin! 10/-!!!
A.T. Gone to the
B.A. Meeting, By her. Dearie back after eleven- Sat on
beach most of the time.- Read in bed (as
not sleepy) about 2
paragraphs- then- knew nothing more- except Derg blowing out lamp! A
Righto- Up 15 to 6. we did the two
rooms out in morning- House so nice and fresh clean again.
About 4 went
to meet Dearie, who was with the boys, and we had a lovely swim on the
beach- I "set bread" before tea- breadfruit again! Tea at 5.30-
only we are 15 mins; behind time!
been a lovely day.
Baked bread, scones, and milk-buns, and made a
boiled-apple-pudding. Sorted clothes for wash-
after Breakfast Dearie
and I planted, Asters, Mynonetle, and Corn-flower seeds, such a
morning- changed dress and did some mending till four- Ready to
go for a swim with Derg, but
was too tired- Horrid old crying started-
just- badly- Dearie brought tea in for us, but I could not
Later we sat outside our porch in the moonlight, and before we went to bed
Derg had a
dear little supper for us-(scones, cream, apple-jelly and
milk!) it was nice. Dearie is always so
good to me- my dear old helper-
A lovely night.
Sat: 1st. May
May day-- tired after yesterday.
so did little but lie on the sofa all day. Dergie bottled and
all the dripping- and cooked the fowl for dinner, dear old boy.
Horrid old fever came a bit to him
in late afternoon- so we went to bed
after tea, and I read aloud a bit- Ear felt a bit sore and I was
Sun: 2nd. May.
Up at 15 to 7- after a grand
night- and am righto again! Dearie alright too. Had our first
yellow cucumber for dinner-A.1. Derg had a "Turkish" about 10.30.
Theo arrived a few minutes
before, and stayed for dinner. Sent Mrs.
Mackenzie some beans and picked some for ourselves for
tomorrow- We had
our chairs out under the lime-tree after dinner- Theo went about four.
got the billy and our tea and took it to our "Green Hill" close
by- a perfect evening- Home; and I
wrote a letter to Ed.
Asunga in wash-house, I in Kitchen. Derg got Mummit apples and
ginger and cut them up, and
put sugar on them., the dear old boy!
helped me cut beans and with lots of other things. No time
until after supper- darned and did some mending- Not sleepy when we got
into bed, so
read some of my book out loud. till about 10.
Up 20 to 6. Made jam,(M.and ginger) 6 jars. A wet morning after
breakfast: fine after dinner.
Derg put up holland pockets over
writing-table- did them grandly! Washed head- Dearie, had a
about 5.p.m. After tea read some of "Comin' thrro' the eye" aloud. We
neither of us could
sleep well, so about ten I got us some water,
biscuits, and milk for my boy, who did not eat much
supper( and he had
a headache too, and I did not know) and we felt much better for
Up 10 to 6! A wet morning, drizzly- Derg
planted out bulbs, and had the new "Canadian Wonder"
Bean-bed made- Got
the small copper mill from Theo- Derg ground some pepper- hoto!
sewing!! Tired a bit, changed dress, read a wee bit more of book;
put clean clothes, and wrappers
away. Set Asunga sewing.
Collingridge's book. A pain in side of back, so went to sleep over
Woke up going to bed, and wrote in here and pottered round. A most
glorious moonlight night.
Up at 5.30. Bright
moonlight! We did sitting-room out. Changed dress and darned till 4.
paid for about 71 lbs: hal, hal.(komela)- Had no Komela for such a
time till today. I went to the
clearing where Derg and the boys were
working, clearing the "big block"- An awful bit of work-
Not back till
5.20. Set bread- lined Dearie's old, old, hat.
bread- Did not do much other cooking- Tired all day, but busy too- After
dinner started to
dye print dress. and Derg had a vapour. He soled my
shoes, grandly, too. Finished dress about 5-
also had a "howl" to
entertain Derg in his bath! Dearie had horrid headache and fever after
We went to bed and I read to him a bit- About as we could not
sleep well we had a biscuit and
some water- an A.1.
Sat: 8th. May.
Up at 10 to 6. Felt horrid and
sick and upset altogether Got breakfast, but had to lie on sofa.
Sick! and a bit of fever too. Down with it all day- went to bed before
tea- We had it in our
room- Dearie, made a lovely tea for me. A game of
Halma before we went to sleep!!
Not up till about
7.20! A lovely rest. We put in fresh flowers and I tidied up our dear
house- Feel not so much good, but will feel righto soon, I
expect- After dinner we took papers and
went under the trees to Pretty
Beach. but rain came and we soon ran home again- after supper I
to miss Hunt.
Up and got breakfast, and Derg helped
me wash up, as Asunga was washing. Then had to go and
lie on bed, as I
had the old fever again, head bad till after supper. Dearie, felt like it
at supper time
And went to bed after, and had it, poor old
Up 15 to 6, both of us- Left fever about a bit.
Asunga ironed darned in afternoon a little, and
Dergie had a Turkish-
Darned a lot after supper.
Asunga did bedroom out. I
started making paper bags for heating feathers in and Derg helped
sort them to put in and bake- A tedious job!!!!! Both at them all
day- Made a small, we pillow, of
white linen case, and we are
filling it with fine feathers- After tea made a small linen
Did work, and then we did more
feathers! Two "Giants" doing them all day, and Asunga helped
afternoon- I made a very stout unbleached calico case, for new pillow.
Dearie, out at clearing-
came back with fever, and had just got into
bed for our tea in our room- 20 to 6--- when-- in
walked Theo, and Mrs.
Peterson! They went in to see Derg, and stayed and had tea, with
Bread night too! Pruned our rose tree! Gave P- a jar of M. apple
and ginger jam- and in spite of
Dearie, poor old boy, pretending
and groans! stayed talking in his room till about 9.30!! Got
then got a cob each of roasted corn and thin bread and butter and we had a
Got Dearie to stay till nearly nine!
Baked, made ginger bread and scones, and roasted our 2nd. P.
Some more feathers! and at 4 walked to where Derg and the boys were
looks grand, they have got on well- Theo sent lantern back
and said he was in for fever; Sent him
some gingerbread and milk, poor
Theo. after tea I read aloud a bit and then Derg did- it was
Soaked "colours" in. And Dearie put water on.
Not up until 6! dreadful late! Asunga washed, I tidied house and
cooked dinner- made a
date-pudding- Derg helped
me; And we
picked all the beans. Got tidied and Derg paid all the boys from on top,-
and others- off- and they went sky-wards in a body! 3
Noguyuites left-! Then dear old boy and I
did feathers till teatime-
sure , I was tired, so was he Sewed up the wee pillow and the new
after tea- so finished " feathering", on land, for a time- wrote in
Sun: 16th. May.
Up at 6.30. in morning had our chairs and
books under lime-tree- a glorious day- I got so sleepy, I
came in on to
the sofa- After dinner we both had a bit of a sleep- Read under tree a
little and then
walked to the far small clearing and got Betty, after a
rest on our green hill- Dearie like fever so
tucked him up on sofa and
we had our supper on a tray in sitting-room. Read to him a little
the fever was horrid- poor old boy, but he is
Not up till 5 pt:6! Asunga washing, I in
kitchen- Derg dug up right hand far bed and but soil on-
½ a ton - Only
the 3 Noguyus! Sairsip, still with son and heir!- Took Kapok out of
pillow and washed the cases- Started Mothers letter, in
dinner hour- After supper did some
mending- in the night felt like some
sort of movement! Hurrah!
Not up till 5 to 6! But its
so dark of mornings. Asunga got most of ironing done- A wet
day- started mending small mattress and pillow-case before
dinner- sewed at dinner hour- and in
afternoon stuffed and stabbed
them- and cut out sheets, etc. its lovely, lovely work! Just
tea, felt a sort of movement again lasting a little while- after
supper looked out towels and quilt
for the "little chap", and sewed.
Dearie carried the other ½ ton of soil for the end bed, so its got
Another showery day- Derg planted
"Franjipanni"- and re-stoned round the other end bed. put
away, and sewed a little before tea- Derg had the horrid fever again- On
the sofa till
bedtime- I read a little to him. and then he insisted on
my going on sewing- dear old boy.
Up at 6.! Persuaded
Dearie to have his breakfast in bed- We had such a nice one together-
and sun shining after dinner- sewed- and then had such a nice walk
with my boy dear- up to the
clearing- sat out side (on my new stool
that Dearie finished for me today. such a little beauty-) for
while- Wrote in here, and sewed.
Dearie varnished the
cradle, stool, machine-case and little table- A wet day, the boys
making copra- I cut out little blankets- and sewed in bedroom,
the dear old room, in afternoon-
Darned socks after tea. Derg actually
played Solitaire and beguiled me into playing a bit too, and
himself into darning a pair of unusually "holy" socks!
Sat: 22nd. May.
Baked today instead of yesterday.
Bread and milk-buns. One of our young roosters for dinner-
We, Hung the
dear little cradle in the Smoke-house to try to get the borers out- Then I
Derg read. He felt a bit like fever, and got the horrid thing
again- And had to go after Betty, ever
so far, and could not find her.
Tea in the sitting- room- then Dearie went to bed- and I read a
to him, and sat in our room, too.
7! Dearie stayed in bed till after breakfast- another lovely day- Wrote in
here and to
Mother- Both weighed- Dearie 11 stone 5, I, 9 stone 4. Went
out at 4.30. Derg milked Betty. (she
was away last night-) and I fed
the pigs and fowls. Finished Mothers letter after tea. Went to bed
20 pt. 9.
Up at 6. Asunga washed, I did work in
kitchen- Derg helped me wash up. (did most of it.)
Washing in after "in
and out" for small showers! We went after Betty, and then to
where we went swimming- Grand!- An egg each for tea! Fowls
have not laid for ages- Corn has
finished and other food is scarce-
Wrote after supper.
Tues: 25th. As usual.
some ironing in morning. Derg brought in buckets 1 ton more top-dressing
for opposite new
end bed- terribly hard on my old
Sitting room done out- got tidied- had our
oranges at 3. Then took my darning and went to corn
house with Derg.
where boys were sewing up copra bags- After we had a swim. Eggs for
again. Boat cooeed for nothing at all! Derg got boat out- Darned a
little after tea.
Up at 6. Man-o-war in about
breakfast time for fresh meat (Derg's white bullock) just before
boys came with letters! M-o-war had bought them- Answered them in
afternoon A horrid
letter from S.N.T-- About 15 pt.4 Derg's share of
bullock arrived- lovely meat- Dearie salted it-
we had grilled steak
for tea!! ( About 56 lbs: of meat- and got about 3 bottles of lovely
Wrote in here and read after, as it was late-
We were busy bottling dripping and seeing to cooking and salting
meat: Made a boiled suit
currant pudding and puff pastry (suet). Had a
nice old Saturday afternoon, my boy and I- I sewed a
bit also after
supper, Derg had his chair out and we sat out in our porch and I made 2
and 1 kettle-holder! hurrah.
Up 6.30.- A
lovely lovely morning- Soon after breakfast: Dearie started to walk to
met the young men on the White Sands, and brought them
back to dinner. I went a little way with
my Dearie, as far as White
Sands- Lovely "Roast Beef" for dinner- and a piece of a Yam
weighed 12½ lbs.- young men left soon after dinner. WE, had a
grand old rest, then wandered out
after Betty. Sat on our green hill
(Which is not far away!) Got our little own supper- We both
watering the garden- at least I watched Derg) set at writing letters, only
I cried, a wee bit,
instead! It was tiresome- So lay on sofa and read
Mon: 31st. May.
Up at 5 pt. 6! Sat down and started
nice old bread and milk when horrid old crying started again-
and I was
so hungry. Lay down for a little bit, then finished a good breakfast: and
again- Dearie, helped me such a lot all day, and we made
grand brawn- just cut out 2 more small
sheets- late all day, somehow-
wrote after supper.
Tues: 1st. June.
Up at 5 to 4!!! Steamer
whistled! Only 1 whole boy to pull with Derg, so I went to steer-
arrived on board the old Lambs in the dark, and sat on the deck till
some of them woke up- Mrs.
Mackenzie, Dr. and children away in her till
next month- Dr. to Synod at Vila- Turned out a
lovely day- Captain
Wetherall very nice, and gave us some apples, beauties. Asunga Ironed
Port Olry boys over-
Baked bread and some scones- Washed stockings in
afternoon and sewed a
little- at four Dearie and I went to the Passage for a swim, t'was lovely,
got Betty- Asunga got a bit of fever. so Derg and I washed up
tea-things- Wrote in here and
sewed--- Found our time was 35 mins:
fast! so have been getting up early, all the time! hurrah!
Up at 5.30. Asunga did bedroom out. I sewed a little in morning.
and in afternoon we had a swim
at the Passage-- Tired, and cried a
little- Asunga did pot shelves.
Sitting room done
out- Dearie planted young daisy plants out, and the long back-ground
Asunga brought red dress and took it to
Learah's in afternoon to get it made- Derg finished a
seat on the crown of this rise under a cocoanut- In afternoon after
finishing seat Derg
went to see how cutter engine was, and stayed till
tea time helping Theo- it would not go- had the
first piece of salted
and smoked beef, just lovely- hot for tea!
Tired and cried a little so
went to bed soon after supper Dergie had the small bed and cushion
smoked, and we both read.
Rained most of the
day.(After Dearie had watered plants!) Asunga scrubbed kitchen
Sewed in morning a little in the porch, and Dergie covered box
from bathroom out there- sewing
in after- later, when rain held up a
little, we went to corn-house for a swim from there. Water is
cold now- A nice cosy evening, like they all are- We played
"Solitaire" a little, and I sewed and darned- It kept my old boy from
sleeping well, so no more of
Sat: 5th. June.
Up at 5.30.
We went round our garden and I went with Derg while he fed pigs and fowls
chicks- A lovely day- Then made pudding and cakes- Asunga washed
coloured things- Dinner
late, 12.30! Rubbed stuff on own head, got
tidied and cut Derg's hair. heaps of natives down in
made a dear little rustic table by our seat, and a stool- a club one- for
himself- Then we
went to corn-house for my brooch. Sat on our seat
after tea a little, then came in, and I wrote in
Up at 6.30. About 10.am. we started off for the
day. (A. went to Mission) We went
to the passage
on the Eastern side of the point looking towards Oba.
just lovely- Big waves and such a fresh
breeze- Then walked back to
Nobweisi's and Derg made one of his grand fires, and we found an
tree further along beach and sat there with our books.( Cried a wee bit )
was so happy, sure-
Home about 4. Dearie fed pigs fowls, chickens,
Larry, watered plants and got meat for tomorrow!
WE had a grand bath;
I, had a shower! Then, we had supper on the little table, by "our seat"-
wrote after, and read- Must try to do a lot of sewing this
Up 5.30. Asunga washed, I in Kitchen- Dearie
helped me wash breakfast things and did all dinner
things himself, the
dear helpful old boy- So as I could get to sewing- sewed most of the
and in evening.
Asunga ironed and
folded- I- sat down to sewing at 9.am. Derg made the bread this time, and
beautiful- Rubbed egg on head, then washed it. Did some sewing and
went after Betty with Derg-
sewed and darned after supper. Dearie read
aloud "The Newcomes" and then I did.
Breakfast, lately, always at 6.30- hurrah!
Asunga did bedroom- Busy all
morning- WE saw a pretty little sailing-vessel sailing up the bay
the morning- Derg heard they were friends of his from Figi so went
in the boat, after dinner, to see
them- They were up at "Lokalee"-- Got
ready for afternoon-tea- Opened two tins of biscuits; both
by insects, such a shame- Tired somehow, and hardly did any sewing- Dearie
before tea, The dear old boy, and foolish me, I cried and cried
and cried that evening- I was just
tired- it was horrid.
went on board the "May Queen" after tea and had a nice evening- He wanted
to stay with
me but I was right- I read a bit in bed after a while and
then went to sleep.
We did sitting-room out and put
flowers and ferns in as Deary expected "them" to
cooked cakes in the morning- Tea things ready, and so were we, and
waited, and waited! At last at 4.30 they all arrived- And we asked
them to stay for supper-- and
they did- Derg's friends Mr. Harland and
Mr.Choyer, and Mr. Johnson,(N. H. Labour Inspector.)
Thomas Bros. and
ourselves.-- Seven! They got there Phonograph and the music was lovely
tea- Heard of Ed from Mr. H. who is so nice- They left about
Fri: 11th. June.
Wet morning and afternoon. Dearie, finished the
grand little house for the two beehives Father
sent us. We had a lovely
swim round at our "dressing-room".
"May-Queen" sailing out. Derg waved his flag, and they hoisted theirs-
morning; Derg gave me a helping hand, by cleaning and
washing chicken. After dinner- about
2.30.- we went across with Asunga
and boys, in boat, to get some things from Kate's garden;
Sairsege's Piccaninnies and went to see Arthur for a minute. Got some blue
Up at 7 Derg planted the
cuttings and plants. A glorious day-
Arther rode over about 10.30.
After dinner we all had a rest- and I believe- a sleep- A. left
4.30., and Dearie and I went after Betty- supper on "our seat"-
Wrote after- But was sleep-o- - -
Up 5.30. Dearie
helped me lots all day- he, did wash the breakfast: and dinner things- -
me out!! the dear old boy- He, cut up oranges for jam too!
Asunga washed. Started to make a pr:
of bathing-trousers for Derg- A.
Thomas rode over in afternoon to see Dearie- Had afternoon-tea
spoilt our supper!) Sewed after supper. and ended up with Crying a
considerability- just tired- Dearie always comforts me
Up at 5 to 6! Cooked another piece of
"our beef" 3lbs: Its lovely- Asunga ironed. finished the
trousers after supper- Made Orange Jam- 7 jars. and covered (Dearie helped
Derg made and put up a "wether" Curtain on Kitchen window.
mended larger saucepan- in bed about 9.30- no 10. o'clock.
Up at 5.30. Bedroom done out: Put matches in kitchen box- Tired a
bit in morning- Washed
socks and stockings About 3.30 went with Derg up
to where boys were clearing- then on round to
"Our dressing-room" by
the bush, got ferns- a lovely walk- and a lovely swim- - and a
supper- sat on seat little while- and wrote in
We did sitting-room out- Derg started to
paint the boat.
Derg finished boat and painted the
three tanks- I sewed at muslin lining to cradle- Both went
early to bed
and read aloud in turns; Dergie did for company for me, as I was tired a
bit and cried
a bit, so went to bed soon after tea- The reading and all
Sat: 19th. June.
Up at 5.30.- Made cottage pudding and
cakes- Dearie working all afternoon, (I took things off
painted the shelves- window casements, doors, etc:- Tired in the evening,
so did no
sewing all day- Doing nothing this last week, but getting
tired and crying-!
Sunday Morning!not up till 7. Both
of us pottering round most of the morning- Derg mostly in
most of afternoon- Began and finished Mother's. We went after- no we
got Betty, I lit fire and got tea. Wrote after till about
9.30. Quite a cold breeze!
Up 5.30. His birthday-
Dearie busy putting new wire on windows and painting door etc.-
washed- I sewed some in morning and in after:- Was going with
Derg for Betty but was tired.
Made bread after tea, and we sat on seat
for a while- Felt something like movements! Wrote in
Tired morning- more few "melting moments". Made some tea at
10.am. made us feel A.1.-
Dearie washed shelves for me and we put china
back- Kitchen dose look nice- Soon after
breakfast we "drafted" fowls,
and cut their wings- Sewed in afternoon, Dearie killed a 56lb: pig
our own, and got it ready for cutting up tomorrow morning- did it
beautifully. Sewed a little after
tea- Felt horrid, restless, and cold,
not stop from crying on and off.
Dearie up early to
cut up and salt piggie, before 5.30. Up too, but horrid crying came on and
to retire again- and stopped there till after 11.am. Dearie
brought me at breakfast: the loveliest
fried pork chops, I ever dreamed
of/ porridge and tea, a lovely breakfast- My Dearie is always
good to me- had tea- lunch at 12. as breakfast: was about 15 to 9- Asunga
bedroom in afternoon Seemed to feel a little movement, and saw a
slight moisture on breast. Feel
almost sure, and am so happy- Darned
after tea, a little till needle broke! Then read I read some of
book aloud. (Boys started making Copra) (4 eggs)
Sitting room day- Did most of Horderns list in afternoon I did
Tuck in Asunga's dress at same
time- I got a silly idea in my head
after supper, and went on to the beach and cried a fair amount
the ocean- Could not stop so went to bed- Dearie, was good to me. ( 4
I got up at 6. And the dear old boy cooked the
breakfast- Dearie found the hams and shoulders
not keeping, so gave 1 ½
to boys, A.½, and us 1- other shoulder he resalted- So tired I howled
bit more, it's horrid- saw to lamps with Derg after dinner- Malekula
boys here yesterday and
brought some pigs, and let "Bushie" go- - -
Tired, so lay on sofa a little- Made bread before
supper- sat on seat a
little while after- wrote in here, and sorted work basket- -that's all-
any, no none- sewing done last 2 days. (2 eggs) ( pink rose, 1
stem with 29 Buds)
Sat: 26th. June.
Up about 10 to 6- Asunga
washed coloured- - Made cottage pudding and baked bread,
Finished every thing by 12.20- dinner- We had a rest, then
Dearie changed and went to see
Thomas Bros. about chartering their
cutter- (They can't let him have it, say they want it all
I changed too, and darned , and brought cocoanuts and
yam- Made tea-cakes scones for tea- The
poor old boy got in dripping
wet! It rained so- (Is a real wet night.) Brought some onions for
Darned after tea- wrote in here.
Up at 7.30!! Our latest yet for even Sunday! But we were talking
over "the affairs of the
kingdom-"! About Dearie going by this steamer
to try and get some boys- Derg hung remains of
piggie up to smoke. Had
onions boiled in milk with our piggie, (ham) and yam!
After a rest we
went for a lovely swim round at our dressing-room, then went after Betty-
pigs tail for breakfast- with other things- saw crowds of small
beetles over and on to cocoanuts in
Betty's paddock; Derg says we have
had them at some of the other trees as far back as a couple
The biggest and longest "Quake" I have ever felt while we
were having tea, it made one feel
Dearie, made some
bread we are making for the Mission folk,
when they get home- Sat on seat
after- the loveliest moonlight night-
Then wrote a bit after.
Asunga washing- Wrote to
Lisi, wile my dear old boy washed the breakfast things for me.
helped me wash dinner things too- Sewed at little nun's veiling
dress in afternoon, after Derg and I
had cut up oranges for jam; Dearie
read aloud while I sewed after tea, then we sat on our seat
Poured in night. (Derg got 1 bag copra from Louis)
20 to 6. Wet but turned out fine, finished work at 9.30. Darned some
socks, wrote in here, and
sewed- No boat yet- At 2.30. sat down to
sewing- jam on, Dearie bottled it after tea, (6 jars of
made bread- We tied it down. Sewed all evening- before we sat on seat
In bed about 10.
Up about 20 to 6.
Baked bread, did some flowers, and washed stockings,and many etc: put
clothes away- no sewing in morning. Asunga did our room out. Got
tidied- Made new bag for
sponge- and started to darn when the boat at
last came (about 4 pm.).
Went out with Dearie- An awful hunt for
Mackenzies home again- did not see them- No Thompersons- Derg
picked me "La France" to
wear ( a beauty
), saw Capt: Wetherland, M. Johnson and Mr. Walford- Capt. gave us some
apples- Refused Derg's copra! and its first class- Got a lovely box of
birthday presents, packed by
the dear old
Mother- £2 from
father hurrah! Not home till dark. Groceries not come- 4 letters for me-
them till 10.pm. ( L.Hughes sent rooster ).