Friday, 2 May 1862

Cloudy early ― after 8 fine: ― after 2 ― cloudy again. Rose at 5 ― & “packed.” ― Breakfast at 6.30. ― Set off μοναχὸς1 ― leaving notes at Bridge’s & papers at the Sargents’ ―― & going down to Καστράδες, where I “conferred” 2 hats on Nicolo & poor little Καραλάμμπι ― who [...]

Thursday, 1 May 1862

Change to North wind: (mist, & a little rain at 6 or 7.) Headache. Cross ― dawdled ― Taylor’s men not coming. At 12 ― they came ― they took away my 2 large cases. ― Di questo, in poi,1 I don’t mean to fret about them: ― our vily occupation being gone for the [...]

Wednesday, 30 April 1862

Rayther hotter ― but fine all day. Riz at 5. O criky bore! state of packing 16 cases of pictures in a big case ― till 9 ― with the ‘Zincaro’1 of 1847, George, & others. ―― Called at Taylor’s ― & returned at 9.30. Breakfast. ― The big package not “fixed” till 12 & [...]

Tuesday, 29 April 1862

Fine, but misty early. Rose at 7. Posted letters to C.F. ― Ellen, T. Cooper, Drummond & the Linnean. Abschewed work ― as it is impossible to do anything while so unsettled. Whereon ― resolving to send off these pictures & packed & screwed in ― with G.’s help ― all the morning ― 16 [...]

Monday, 28 April 1862

Clear, fine, warm: mist early ― till 8 or 9. Rose at 6.30. Not well. Wrote to Julia Goldsmid at Constantinople. Unable to write. Post brought Saturday, & Wednesday Review, ― but no Evening Mails ― no letters ― whereat [wroth]. Worked a little off & on at S.F.G.’s Mt. Athos. At 4.30 ― went [...]

Sunday, 27 April 1862

Same lovely weather ― but, bit north breeze. Wrote to Ellen, C.F. T. Cooper, & Linnean Society. G. Παραμιθιόττι called, & agreed that the De Veres can come here if they will do so for 4 months. At 1.20 ― walked out to Mrs. Woolffs, whom I found alone, with Φιζζι. Lunched & sate talking [...]

Saturday, 26 April 1862

Very clear & fine all day. Rose at 5. At 6 with D. Οἰκονόμος, ― hottish walk, but slow, to Κυνοπιάστρες, ― where I was introduced to Sig. Villetta: ― it is curious to remember how I used to draw outside the house years ago! ― After sketching an outline of the pearl-blue mountains, I [...]

Friday, 25 April 1862

Particularly lovely clear all day. Rose at 6. Painted at Philæ ― (Grenfells) till 12, & “bettering” it “with time.” Οἰκονόμος,1 & Mrs. & 3 Miss Longhmans came. After wh. I worked at the large Corfu till 2.30. At 3 ― went slowly to the Ἐπάνω Γεφύρι2 near Potamo, & drew, surrounded by imps, till [...]

Thursday, 24 April 1862

Quite fine. Rose at 6. G. ― who came in at 5 ― says Karalambi is better, but has fever. ― Worked at Grenfell’s Philæ ― not ill. Mr. & Mrs. Barr, & Mr. & Mrs. Clark came, but Mrs. Longhman not ― which is a bore. ― At 2 I lunched: fell asleep: woke [...]

Wednesday, 23 April 1862

Very fine, warm, pleasant. Rose at 6 ― medicine. Post ― 4 papers ― to the 14th & the Saturday: & 4 letters ― 2 from Julia G.: ― they had a bad passage to Syra, & stayed there a week: ― arriving at Athens ― they found Sir T. Wyse dying. ― From Fanny [...]