July 24 Friday. My birthday.

Hot: slept without a sheet.
Everyone working normally. Impression is that the F [Fascist]'s will surrender, Mallorca being cut off from supplies & the soldiers not being with the F [Fascist]'s. Gelat came & gave his account of the D r episode. (He told the F [Fascist]'s when they asked for light and said that they might shoot one another. G. said "Then don't shoot so much!" )
Now it is said that the plane did not drop bombs but was fired at, the anti-aircraft shells falling one in the Captain General's house, one in a barracks, one in the Rambla1. Sounds unlikely.
Medico proudly showing his door.
Bartolomé made a step up by the refuse-pit.
Bathed. Saw a warship going to Palma about 5 o'clock. Foreign.
A blank day: did Schools.
Palma now reported quiet.
At night tried to get England on radio but audition bad. Government making progress in south and centre.
Dark hibiscus flowering for first time.

Editorial Notes

1boulevard eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Majorca/ Mallorca

    Majorca, Sp
    Largest of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the eastern coast of Spain. R.G. and L.R. lived there, in Deyá, from 1929-1936. eds

People Mentioned

  • Bartolomé

    The mason. WG
  • 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


    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura