Feb 23rd Saturday

Revised Chapter 4 3[RG] of Antigua 1d [Penny] Puce. Decided with Laura where to plant the bushes and trees we bought in Palma— mimosa, two oleanders, tamarisk, four others whose names we forget. Helped Sebastian to plant them. He grafted the almonds with nectarines.
The first full glass-ful of carnations: scarlet, pink, yellow and apricot fringed with red.
Karl and I damped second half of Laura's Second Leaf: proofs passed a week ago.1
Second day of sirocco: very violent this night: carried away tops of several olive-trees near house, tiles off houses in the Puig.
Rosa finished Laura's magenta dress which I bought her at Christmas for 10 pesetas.
Have worked without a brazier 2 for the first time this year, the last two days.

Editorial Notes

1The Albion printing press was installed in Canellun in the press room next to RG's study. It had been used to print many of the Seizin Press publications. Laura Riding's Second Leaf was the last text or other item printed by LR & RG on the machine. WG
2A brazier was a device in which charcoal was burned to heat the room. eds

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Canellun

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG
  • Puig

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Hill in the middle of Deyá. WG Highest point of village KG

People Mentioned

  • Karl/Carl

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Laura

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

    Gardener getting on for 80. KG
  • Rosa

    Dress maker. Also made cushions, seat covers, etc. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Seizin Press

    Founded when Robert Graves and Laura Riding began their partnership in London. R.G. and L.R. continued to operate their own press in Deyá, but stopped printing in 1935. Seizin Press published a number of literary works in conjunction with Constable in London, including the Epilogue series, and other works by Laura Riding and their literary associates. eds


    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Second Leaf [poem]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935

Elements Mentioned

  • Sirocco

    South easterly wind. Used generically for all southerly winds which eddy on the leeward side of the Teix mountains above Deya. WG