Sat. May 18th

Rosa came: cushions for press-room sofa etc.
Black painted catches on patio door.
Women doing Laura's workroom, only dusting, not whitewashing as smoky yellow colour pleasing.
No wire from Short.
All afternoon at Viña Vieja and Can Gelat: both women, L [Laura], Karl & myself. Brought furniture, eventually for Posada, in donkey cart with Sebastian: just escaped rain-storm. Made both houses suitable & clean, putting up pictures, hangings, shelves etc.
Deposito1 will be finished by Wednesday: two days lost by rainy weather. The man will come & mount turbine on Monday.
Wrote to Westminster Bank for brown paper parcels to be sent here by sea.
At nine o'clock listened in at village but could not get station until 1/2 way through news. "This morning's bulletin stated his right lung (lobe?) affected." Don't know if this was him or not.

Editorial Notes

1Gelat's reservoir built for the water turbine. WG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • Viña Vieja

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Name of group of houses behind the Fábrica, of which Can Gelat was one. When the Glovers were staying in the house they were called the "Viñas". WG
  • Can Gelat

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    One of a group of houses behind the Fábrica called the Viña Vieja. WG

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
  • Short

    Shipping agent and operator of a lending library in Palma. K.G.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Westminster Bank