Sat. 12th Jan.
Glor and I drove out to Lane Cove and saw Heather and Fred and their two boys Linton and Maxwell. Had afternoon tea there and then drove out Epping road to Epping.
Called on Reg and Ruby Goddard and their little girl. Neil had the day at Manly again with some of his mates from Tamworth, Ian Clarke and ??? McKensie.
Mon. 14th Jan.
Everyone went for a surf this morning but I felt quite Ill so I stayed and had a rest in the caravan.
We all set off at about 5.45pm and drove by wakehurst road to the 'Drive In Theatre' at the top
of the hill. Situated near the flashing light. We had tea at the 'Drive In'. Very good show and an enjoyable experience.
Received letter from Mum and Allen Bridge.
Mon. 21st Jan.
Nice sunny day again. All spent morning on the beach. Glor and the boys went later to the baths. All had a while in the surf again before coming home.
Afternoon we drove to Manly. Left car at Ampol garage and had it greased and oil changed. Milage 31,680. Glor, Roger, Timmy and I had a while at the fun palour on the wharf. Neil joined us later.
Up early and packed up caravan with all our belongings. Left Lake Park at 7.45am and drove to Belmont and had dinner there. Drove from there only a little way and struck trouble with bearing in wheel of
caravan. Pulled up at Charlestown Motors and got new bearing for wheel and a mechanic fixed it for us. Left Charlestown at 4.30pm. Had tea at Muswellbrook. Arrived home at 10.30pm. Light rain falling as we got home and there was 60 points today.
Thur. 24th Jan.
Allan, Joyce, Adrian and Vivian Bridge packed up all their goods on the Austin truck and left for home. They looked after our place while we were away
at Narrabeen. Allan brought the truck back again after unloading.
Neil mustered up all the cows and calves in "Yarrabah" and brought them up to the sheep yards. We drafted off six more calves and marked them.
Makes total of 30 calves now marked since 30th June.
Thur. 31st Jan.
'Nenco' man, Peter Rudd brought a southern buyer to inspect my 225 shorn 1st cross
ewe lambs. He bought 200 at 90/- per head.
I am feeling very sick with aches in the stomach so I drove to Quirindi and saw Dr Cooper. He gave me some medicine.
Sat. 2nd Feb.
Neil took Glors 12 steers to Bill Dalys ramp to be trucked to Willow Tree. Chesworth buyer bought the steers at £35-15-0 per head. Deal made through Nenco.
We all drove to Quirindi for the day and did a spot of shopping. The boys swam in the baths this arvo. We saw Pop and Nanna and then went to the pictures.
Tues. 5th Feb.
Neil and I mustered "Yarrabah" ewes and lambs and drafted out a few more shorn ewe lambs. Yarded the ewe lambs from front paddock and made up the 200 sold to Roth. Bernie Howard loaded 160 ewe lambs onto his truck and we loaded
40 onto the Austin. We took the 200 young ewes to Quirindi trucking yards. I had lunch up there and called at Willow Tree for the stock sale.
Coombes changed the oil in the Austin and renewed flexible lead and
new diaphragm in pump. Neil did more ploughing in the 30 acres. Glor attended CWA meeting in Willow Tree.
Sun. 10th Feb.
Neil drove to Warrah Creek to play
cricket match. Heavy rain washed out play. Heavy storm here this afternoon. 120 points in one big fall.
Mon. 11th Feb.
John Coombes came out here this morning
and checked the Nuffield tractor. He suggested taking it into his garage fro a general overhaul.
I drove to Quirindi and saw Dr Cowlishaw. He gave me a course of three lots of tablets to take. Amounts to 16 tablets
per day. I hope this treatment will clean up my gastric and pains in stomach etc.
Glor spent all arvo in Willow Tree helping in the mobile X-ray for the TB unit.
Sat. 16th Feb.
Neil completed the last panel of the 4 rail fence on the side of the race to the sheep dip.
Glor and I attended big party in Willow Tree hall. Mr
and Mrs Fred Benham senr celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Very large crowd of people there.
Mon. 18th Feb.
Neil commenced making a four
ft, ten inch batten gate for outlet from behind the forcing race into the spray dip. Neil completed the gate this arvo.
I am terribly weak again. Have severe burning in chest and a lot of vomiting and aches
in stomach. Glor and I drove to Quirindi and saw Dr Cowlishaw. I have to continue taking some of the tablets, but have left off one lot. They do not agree with me. Glor also saw Dr Cooper and had a thorough check up. He confirmed our suspicions regarding the
Tues. 19th Feb.
109 points rain registered this morning. Rain started with southerly showers, but then it turned into flood rains! The creek
came down this morning but just a small flood. About 1pm heavy rain started, but must have been torrential up the head of the range! Jacks Creek came over banks at about 2pm and developed into one of the biggest floods we've had. Broke bank levi towards
north end and flowed under the shearing shed. Lapped over the bank in a number of places and Neil and I reinforced the low parts with fence posts.
Wed. 20th Feb.
Neil, Brian Seymour and I commenced job of repairing fences after the big flood. We repaired road boundary fence and tried to fix the break in the levi bank.
Wed. 27th Feb.
Brian and Maurice Seymour finished crutching the old wethers in "Yarran" plain. Total crutched was 785. Neil and I pressed up bale of crutchings and still have a heap of crutch wool left. Afternoon, Neil, Brian and Maurice
started fixing up fence washed down at lower end of lucerne.
Dick and Doris Ferris came along for afternoon and brought Mum also. I took Dick around "Yarrabah" for inspection of our place. They stayed till
nearly dark and they enjoyed their visit.
Thur. 7th March.
Neil up at 5.30am. Milked cows and finished the 40 acre before breakfast. Ploughed till 7.30pm in 30 acre.
Norm Greentree came along with his dozer and set to on our levi banks. Made a great job of them. Nearly twice as high.
Fri. 8th March.
[Gloryna Writing diary]
Neil up at 5.30am and
finished the 30 acre before breakfast. Mustered "Yarrabah" ewes and lambs into yards to draft ready for delivery on Monday. He rode the new filly and found her very satisfactory.
Timmy at home with conjuctivitis. I preserved 15 bottles of pinapple. Got a case from Lismore at £2 per case. Neil had a game of tennis in at Willow Tree with Jack Ham, Bill Daly and Kevin Johns. Ron, Sue and Peter came along in the ute and
got one border leicester Ram. He bought it off us for £10-10.
Mon. 11th March.
mustered the 470 merino ewes and 60 lambs. We picked out a few strays. We started the ewes and lambs on the road at 2pm. Neil is riding the new cream filly and I went in the Landrover. Landed the 470 ewes and 60 lambs into the Pinnacle reserve at 5pm.
Neil Rogie and Timmy went this morning in Landrover to Alex Symonds and collected 7 bags of belah oats at 35/- per bag.
Tues. 12th March.
Took Neil into Pinnacle Reserve and he rode from there to Willow tree. He drove the ewes and lambs in and landed them at trucking yards at 3.30pm.
Col Logan is trucking them.
Wed. 13th March.
Neil commenced sowing oats in the 30 acre.
He got about 13 acres sowed by the afternoon when a heavy storm came on in.
Glor and I drove Mum to Scone this morning to stay a few weeks with Uncle Harold and Amy. We had lunch
with them. Had a look through Campbell's store and came home at 5pm.
Fri. 22nd March.
Neil and I loaded the engine and spray outfit onto the Landrover and cleaned up some burrs and mint weed in "Yarran" plain. Sprayed the burrs in north east corner in the gully and the silted ground. Not many about this year. Neil went on and cleaned
up all the gullies in the top timber.
Working Bee here at "Yarrabah" to finish getting sports ground ready for the sports day.
Mon. 25th March.
I drove to Quirindi this arvo and consulted Drs Cowlishaw and Cooper. They are sending me to Sydney next week to see
speciallist about my bladder trouble.
Wed. 27th March.
Elwyn and Vera had the night
with us. Glor and I drove them round "Yarrabah" to have a look at the country. Neil mustered up the new wethers and we inspected them. Drove through "Yarran" and then to the top paddock and inspected our new poll hereford cows. They left for home before lunch.
I finished spraying burrs on fire breaks in "Yarrabah". Neil finished the cultivation for the second time.
Thur. 28th March.
Vicar Bagnall called on us for a while this arvo. He left me a book for us to read. "The Will To Live".
Neil did about 8 hours in the 40 acre paddock with the disk cultivator. I repaired the door post and reswung the door at west end on the living room.
Sat. 30th March.
Big sports day on "Yarrabah" in aid of hall funds. Good program of horse sports. Very large crowd and it was most successful. £160
cleared for the day. Neil rode his new mare 'Goldie' in a few events. Glor helped in the luncheon booth all day.