July 2 Thursday. Alan came

To Palma at 7.30.
Met Alan at Alhambra. Dentist. Bought chest of drawers for Can Gelat – 75 pes [pesetas]. Stone lion plaque for Posada, 2 pes. (both at Casas). Otherwise bought only current household things: and 25 pts.'-worth of plants (peony, canna [sic: cana] lily and a shrub forget what.)[RG] The agate brooches cost 25 pts. each to make.
At Canellun Amador brought Can Mado earth for near the pink bench, Bartolomé all but finished porchada1.
Alan is with Karl at Can Torrent.
On return did Antigua with Laura. She came on a contradiction & we stopped.
Harold Cooke sent an Antigua 6d stamp with a postmark: & mentioned that 1d for[RG] was[RG] for island use only.

Editorial Notes

1roof over kitchen door K.G.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Can Torrent

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House next to Canellun also belonging to LR & RG. Built by Norman Cameron. WG
  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Alhambra

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    One of the best Palma hotels. WG
  • Can Gelat

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

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG
  • 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
  • Antigua

    Carribean Sea,
    Carribean Island eds.

People Mentioned

  • Bartolomé

    The mason. WG
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Laura

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

    Antique dealer in Palma. WG
  • Amador

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

    Cooke, Harold
    stamp collector and resource for Antigua, Penny, Puce; author (Oxford database) Harold Percy Cooke? eds.


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