Jack Strange [John Francis STRANGE b. 1874] called and took us out to Thirza’s for dinner. Left after afternoon tea, and Jack drove us back to Leila’s to tea. Jack Wild & wife [John Ernest WILD b. 1884 and Edith Helen Wild b. 1885] came to Fred’s in the evening. Rang Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth BUTTERWORTH nee WILD b. 1881] up. Promised to go up there to stay at Xmas time.
All got up after 9. Miss McNeil called in her car and took us out to Mrs Jones, big sheep station. Drove us all over the grounds, 2,000 acres, and 6,000 sheep. Had very nice afternoon tea, Miss M drove us home again about 6. Pat his wife & baby here, stopped to tea, went off about 7.30. Ciss & I just listened in to the wireless until about 9 then off to bed. Barry [1st cousin, Barnaby Richard WILD b. 1901] & Fred [1st cousin once removed, Frederick Barnabus WILD b. 1914] called in.
Jack [1st cousin, John Ernest WILD b. 1884] called but did not see him.
Thirza [Thirza’s cousin, Thirza Jane STRANGE nee WILD b. 1877], her daughter-in-law [Grace STRANGE nee ANDERSON] and 2 wee girls [Olive b. 1928 and Beverly], came on the usual weekly visit. Got a great surprise to see me. Thirza not looking so well. They left after lunch, about 3 – Ciss & I called on Mrs Blanchard at night.
Arrived at 7. Not allowed ashore until 8. First off and the first to get away. Caught 9 train to Te Aroha. Alf [Alfred Edward WILD b. 1876] & Ciss [Blanch Rowett WILD? b. 1874] to meet me – sent Bella [Thirza’s sister, Isabella Rose PATTERSON nee WHITE] a night gram, 3/9. Then drove to Ciss’s home. Fred [Frederick William WILD b. 1872] & Leila [Leila Adelaide WILD nee JENNINGS], Nancy [Nancy Leila WILD b. 1910] came over after tea, all went to bed about 9. Lovely weather here.
[Alf, Ciss and Fred were Thirza’s first cousins, their mother and Thirza’s aunt, Blanche Wild nee White b 1856 in East Looe, Cornwall.]
Arrived this morning. Fiji very clean & fresh looking. Went ashore, had a short walk around, posted P.C. to Sep [Thirza’s nephew, John Septimus Patterson]. Bought 3 rings, stayed on board after lunch, and had a rest.
Still very sick. Mabel came down to see me, thought I might be sick. Went back with her, to see all the wonderful clocks she has bought on the trip. £000 worth, such a lot of money. Went to see the pictures tonight, Singing Marine not a bad picture. Back very bad.