Ap 9th Tuesday

Soldered the tap of the clothes-boiler: this is the first soldering job I have ever done and I did it by using the top of the Primus as a hot cup in which to hold the liquid solder and pouring it round the tap. It turned out all right.
Checked Focus.
To Miguel: told story of Gelat and man who came to court Ca l'Abat daughter on a horse: his trousers soiled with horse-sweat. Gelat lent him a new pair. Miguel thought this businesslike.
Gelat dressed, in chair. Gelat said that suitor was unsuccessful: otherwise it would have been better business both for daughter & himself. Suggested air-cooled tiles for kitchen extension. The Costa d'Or 'direct light'1 installation works well. We will have to buy one too, if possible to get cheap.
Turbines to be fitted today.
Supervised boiling of boiler.
Sent Ribbons and Winder income-tax refund claim, also wrote to Middleditch asking to make the L.R.,R.G.... payments proportionate to earnings. This refund arrives between September and November: it averages about £20.
Weather now hot. Laura had no fire. (Last this year Ap.25th)2
Suggestion of putting Madeleine Vara's3 name to Antigua book.

Editorial Notes

1Direct Current (DC) WG
2subsequent entry WG
3fictitious author of Convalescent Conversations. KG; pseudonym also used for some articles in the Epilogue series. eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Ca l'Abat

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Beautiful farm with watch-tower on the way to Llucalcari. WG
  • Hotel Costa d'Or

    Llucalcari, Majorca, Sp
    In Llucalcari. Went there for drinks and occasionally meals. It was the best hotel, the Fonda being rather basic. The Turismo was closed. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Middleditch, Miss
    Editor with Arthur Barker Ltd. WG
  • 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.)
  • Miguel

    One of four village carpenters. Others were Miguel Junior, Francisco and Antonio de Ca's Pintat. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Ribbons and Winder

    Ribbons and Winder
    L.R. & R.G.'s income tax accountants. WG


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Convalescent Conversations [fiction]
    • Author: Madeleine Vara [Laura Riding]
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1936