March 29 Friday

Eyes still sore from creosote. Let Sebastian-of-the-pines1 do paint[RG] the other arbour which was finished yesterday except mason-work. Gelat came & tied up vines on upper arbour. Promised us 8O kilos of grapes next year from lower one. Signed and sent off contract. Wrote to A.G. Wrote to Eliot(E).
Gelat undertook to find house for Isabel's mother. Went for a walk to see road repairs: up to bad turning and back by big pines. Mason came: did not finish.
In afternoon went with Gelat (Laura & I), Salamo2 & donkey to see Es Piñets and the Roca de sa Rosa, above Molí: which G. [Gelat] has been able to buy for 6000 pts left after selling Molí land at price stipulated, needing only 6000 pts to buy.[RG] Worth double. He hasn't the money so we will fund buy[RG] it. Visited the new deposito 3 being built at Can Madó [sic: Medo] . At the Molí took cutting of a white-flowering shrub.
Pension came.
Took homeopathic creosote: which helped eyes: at any rate they got better.
Laura went over my Focus 4.
Another fire-dream. This time I was a subordinate at a futile task by stupid superiors. I was in the front compartment of a train going 70 miles an hour. The fire was in the rear coaches but the authorities wouldn't stop the train.

Editorial Notes

1a labourer from the village? WG/eds.
2RG's dog. eds
3water tank KG
4contribution to? eds

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Molí, Es

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Large estate which Gelat divided up and sold for the owner. The farm-house was bought by Juan Mayol. RG & LR bought the Posada, Es Piñets and part of Ca'n Madó. WG
  • Piñets, Es

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Part of Es Molí estate purchased by RG & LR along with the Posada and part of Ca'n Madó. WG
  • Ca'n Madó

    Majorca, Sp
    Old flour mill, on the road to Palma, converted into a hydro-electric plant by Gelat. Laura bought him a generator. Part of the orchard was bought by LR & RG. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding,Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Isabella

    Isabel
    Live-in maid from Murcia. Her mother (Carmen) then came over with Josefa who also came to work later. WG
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Eliot

    Eliot
    L.R. & R.G.'s solicitor in London. WG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935