Friday May 1. May Day.

Transcopied Antigua. At 12 o'clock the Fabrica came: G. M, Magdalena, Juan, Anita, her little sister Francisquita, and we sent the picnic[RG] things by donkey-cart to the Vinyet. There was chicken, ham-sandwiches, lamb, beer, crespels1, cheese, fruit, chocolates, a cake, beer, wine, mineral-waters. Made coffee (in the little house) to which Bernardo came. Gramophone. The donkey suddenly realized what a lovely place it was and she[RG] started braying and kicking up her heels madly & rushing all over the place. Sad. ×××× [indecipherable] Scores of other picnickers [sic: picnicers] parties[RG] could be seen along the coast.
News that Salerosa & Siqui are to be sold, and that the baker would probably sell the house by the sea for 15,000p [pesetas]. We may buy.
Played a lot of 662 on return & started scoring by wins not aggregate points. Bad night with stomach.

Editorial Notes

1biscuits K.G.
2card game eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Vinyet

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House belonging to Gelat overlooking the Cala. WG
  • Ca sa Salerosa

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Literally the house of the happy one. House on the Palma side of the Deyá valley which RG & LR rented when they first arrived in Deyá in 1929 and in which they installed the Albion Press. This house was one that was often available to rent. WG During 1935 it was evidently rented by the McCormacks (See March 17, 1935) CP
  • Ca sa Siqui

    Majorca, Sp
    Near Ca'n Madó. 'The house of the water channel.' WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.)
  • Madora

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

    Marroig Más, Magdalena
    Gelat's daughter. Later married Marcos Colom. WG
  • Juan

    Mas, Juan Marroig
    Usually refers to Gelat's son, sometimes to Gelat himself. WG
  • Anita

    Mas, Anita
    Gelat's daughter-in-law, married to Juan Mas. WG
  • Bernardo

    Colom, Bernardo
    Ex Cuban, previous owner of 'Son Canals', and former owner of 'Luna land' (on the other side of the road) cf. Married to a Cuban lady. Sons: Marcos (married to Gelat's daughter Magdalena) and Pancho. KG & WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Fabrica

    Gelat's household including: his wife, the Madora, his daughter Magdalena, son Juan and daughter-in-law Anita. Other relations often present were Francisquito, his grandson, and Francesquita, Anita's little sister R.G., eds.


    • Title: Antigua Penny Puce
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: A46
    • Date: 1936