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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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Hammett loves kayaking

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17th Jul 2006, 14:32   comments (7)

chickenwire and more chickenwire

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The "bird in progress" turned out to be a human figure. I left the project
for a couple of days at the stage where it was just a stone with two
cylindrical legs, and when I got back, this is what it wanted to be.
Although you can see it better against the greenery, I like it better where
it becomes almost invisible against a neutral background such as the water.
I think it might be me. It's a family joke about how slow I am to get into
the water. I stand with my arms crossed like this and wade in inch by inch,
no matter how warm or cold the body of water. But like me, once this figure
was actually in the water, she was perfectly happy to stay there.

More chicken wire

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I took a roll of chicken wire with me when I headed out for the lake, and
here is bird that I made, photographed in a variety of habitats. there's
another bird in progress...
11th Jul 2006, 00:18   | tags:,comments (4)

Kayaking Lac Memphremagog

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30th Jun 2006, 04:02   comments (0)


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Go Home Lake may have mosquitoes, but Lac Memphremagog has slugs! (and
mosquitoes) I've included the middle shot for scale. The slug is in the
bottom right hand corner of the upper left hand quadrant. I found him when I
was taking photos of these large moss-covered quartz boulders.
30th Jun 2006, 03:14   comments (2)

La Fete Nationale

Before the bonfire, there was folk dancing, music, a barbeque and a huge
inflatable slide with the fun name Tsunami.
25th Jun 2006, 14:21   | tags:,comments (12)

Looks expectantly...

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I put a collar on the chicken wire dog. Now he looks expectantly at Mr. F.
Will he get taken for a walk?


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24th Jun 2006, 14:00   comments (3)