July 19 Tuesday

All morning in kitchen boiling up dirty things in soda: & making a huge soup for us four, the widow Guèrin1, Yvonne & her friend Angèle; and deep-oil-frying sardines.
Alan & Beryl went to Rennes, & came back loaded.
Lovely weather. Aired mattresses again.
An ungracious letter from Catherine, answering Laura's letter of congratulations.
Cigarette problem: whether Gauloise-Green or 'High Life' or Chesterfield.
Presents from & to the farm: waffles & cider and junket = chocolates & fruit
We invented additions to 7¼

Editorial Notes

1farmhand at Grand Chevrie eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Rennes

    Rennes, France
    where Gelat's daughter, Anita, and son-in-law, Juan Vives live; visited by RG and LR et al in 1938 eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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).
  • Beryl

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Catherine Vandervelde

    Vandervelde, Catherine
    one of Korda's scriptwriters; friend of RG and LR, met at Denham studios; contributor to World and Ourselves; married Norman Cameron in September, 1938. eds. Diary, and Friedmann 302
  • Yvonne

    de Gault, Yvonne
    maidservant to RG and LR at La Chevrie, France eds.