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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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Tonight was the celebration for the Fete Nationale in Quebec, Saint Jean
Baptiste Day.
24th Jun 2006, 04:09   comments (1)

Hammett's problem

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I can't really add detail to the face with the paint because the form just
isn't there to work on.

Happy Hammett

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23rd Jun 2006, 13:15   comments (8)

tea party

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see the clafouti reflected in the teapot?
23rd Jun 2006, 05:04   comments (0)

painting the dog

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...not so sure about the paint job...think I liked it best at the chicken
wire stage. I made his back feet pigeon-toed to contrast with the front feet
which really are splayed outward. Not sure I made him look happy enough!


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This photo really doesn't show just how CLEAN these upper windows were. I
saw them from a block away. Looking for methyl hydrate, ammonia and a
20th Jun 2006, 14:19   | tags:comments (1)

mosaic easter eggs

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These are my only attempt at mosaics, blown out eggsshells with broken bits
of other coloured eggshells glued on with acrylic medium. I made them a
couple of years ago and keep meaning to do more.
18th Jun 2006, 18:10   comments (5)

Bats for Euphro

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The top two photos are my dad on some bat banding expedition around 1935.
The bottom photo is, I think, one of my sisters. I have fond childhood
memories of caves, collecting bats!
16th Jun 2006, 14:46   | tags:,,,comments (3)