Oct 21 Friday.

A man with a circular[RG] saw came & sawed 6 cords, i.e. 18 cubic metres of wood for us for 110 francs. First we had to clear out the planks from the shed.
Laura has a bad cold but goes on working.
We bought 20lbs [pounds] of quinces and 6 kilos of sugar and made 30 lb [pounds] of jam & membrillo1. I had Dorothy, David [RG] Beryl [RG] & Alan helping me in the salon, I peeled, the others sliced and we all stirred in turn. It took from 10 pm to 1 am & we read Jack Shephard in turns. I improved remedy[RG] invented recipe[RG] First wipe the quinces, then peel & core them: boil up peel & core separately and[RG] in a[RG] little water and then[RG] squeeze off liquor adding to flesh cut in pieces & put in a little water: then as usual with jam. But the more resistant pieces after some boiling we put separately to boil and when we[RG] with sugar then[RG] squeezed them separatel[RG] into a thick paste which we[RG] went on stirring until it began blowing steam bubbles. This was the membrillo2.

Editorial Notes

1quince jelly KG
2quince jelly eds.

Hands Referenced

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

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).
  • David Reeves

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.
  • Dorothy

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds
  • 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


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935