Friday June 14th

To Posada: nearly finished upstairs. Ordered lavabo1 window from Miguel, and sitting room window, and cupboard under sink from Francisco2, measured for tiles. Entrada3 window frame in: middleroom being got ready for tiles. Old sink removed to make entrada-window ledge.
C.F.V. [Claudius Film Version] five pp and retyped 2nd Marriage Ch. second time. Tamarisk & orange balls in flower.
Planted marigold, zinnias, ageratum, ×××× [crossed out] & larkspur in front bed; from seedling bed. (See March 22nd)
Tea at Viña. Laura at Modista (Francisca). Madora [sic: Medora] gave me old linen waistcoat with pewter buttons.
Proofs of Focus came.
Visit with Gordon to Can Madó where Gelat is using the overflow pipe to fill deposito4: to prevent médico's interdict if main stream used. To Francisco's to order bed painted & chair mended.
After supper Gelat came. Will make out Piñets document tomorrow, pay Monday. Agreed form of document between L. [Laura] & him for possession of lands in his name. Decided on pump for Posada. We paid Gelat 2000 pes. on account for Posada etc.

Editorial Notes

1lavatory. KG
2one of the village carpenters. WG
3Entrance hall. WG
4reservoir. KG

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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.)
  • Médico

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG
  • Miguel

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

    Modista, Francisca
    One of the dress-makers. WG
  • Madora

    Marroig Más, Madora
    Gelat's wife. W.G. R.G. often spells her first name "Medora," and precedes it with "the." eds.


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Claudius Film Version [The Fool of Rome] [a condensed novel based on I, Claudius]
    • Author: Graves, Robert