Oct 31 Thursday

Catalina & Margarita came today.1
To village for head2 and to send off final telegram (3) to James about meeting him Sunday morning at boat.
Juan Ferrer doing plaster work at Mesquida. Maria de sa Font Fresc, Maria Murciana & Maria Luna all working — giving new girls a good start. Maria Luna gave Laura pair of silver, cut steel, pink-topaz earrings.
Present of rabbit from Gelat & the other two Juans3, from Lluchmayor.
Put back escudo4.
Stove came, & fixed it in New Troy5.
Put composition mill-wheel in earth beside drive, & fabi6 with hibiscus in it. Put carnation in other fabi.
Cleaning out house, preparatory to girls coming. Brass, dusting, cleaning garden etc.
Gordon sends Focus.7
Everyone very, very tired.
Brass nails for chair in entrada8.

Editorial Notes

1new maids. KG
2sheep's head for Salamo, RG's dog. KG/eds
3Vives & Molí. KG
4Royal arms: over fireplace. KG
5a room in Canellun? See Oct.30th entry. eds.
6jar. KG
7his contribution to? eds
8entrance hall. WG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Mesquida

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    The dining room in Canellun was called the Mesquida after a painting hanging in it. WG
  • Lluchmayor

    Lluchmayor, Majorca, Sp
    Town on the other side of the island. 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.)
  • 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.
  • Catalina

    Cook from Palma employed by RG and LR; worked with Margarita, the chambermaid. W.G., eds.
  • Maria Luna

    Luna, Maria
    Also known as Anatolia. Served briefly as RG and LR's maid & cook in October 1935, but didn't work out (was dismissed). Diary, October 21- 29, 1935.
  • Margarita

    Margarita (chambermaid)
    Chambermaid from Palma. Worked with Catalina the Cook. WG
  • Maria de sa Font Fresca

    De sa Font Fresca, Maria
    Gelat's mistress (or one of them) C.P. & W.G. Sebastian the gardener's daughter (spells "Fresca" without the final "a"?) K.G.
  • Juan Ferrer

    Ferrer, Juan
    married to Magdalena Ferrer, the butcher; does masonry work at the Posada eds.
  • Maria

    Murciana, Maria
    Member of a Murcian immigrant family [check]. WG
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935