August 1 Thursday.

Tomatoes in great quantities now and aubergines just starting, also pimientos1.
Not up until 12.
Then Richards2 and getting that point with Laura.
Amador came with damsons & green plums & sugar.
Post in Deyá by Ferrocarril3 camión4 at 11, another post out at 5. This saves a day.
In afternoon checking proofs of J.R. [James Reeves]5 again with Laura while girls startedstoning[RG] the plums for the plum jam. Made the damson — 11 lbs & sealed up. A little Richards. Boiled up some old marmalade which had gone sugary.
Proofs with Laura until about 3 o'clock. Then posted them.
Beautiful storm out to sea: no thunder

Editorial Notes

1green peppers. KG
3Railway Company. KG
4bus. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.

People Mentioned

  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • Laura

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

    Gelat's right hand man. Drove the bus. WG; also Gelat's chauffeur KG
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.


    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: James's Poems [A Natural Need (?)]
    • Author: Reeves, James
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1935