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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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tulip bed for Swamprose

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There, swamprose. I thought you might want to see how the whole row of
tulips looks. The sun has, quite unexpectedly, come out momentarily!
24th May 2006, 16:41   | tags:,,comments (3)

Foreboding Funfair

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Petblogging c. 1936

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Here are other photographs of my father's mother with one of her pets. They
were taken in 1936, probably by my father, in Moose Bay, Ontario.
22nd May 2006, 01:56   comments (5)

Guinea Pig Party

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Milton visiting the neighbours' female Guinea Pigs
21st May 2006, 00:32   comments (5)

Bunny photos c. 1925

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These are pictures that my father took of his mother and a rabbit around
1925, when he would have been about ten years old. I love how the rabbit is
the only one really present in the photo- the woman is lost in thought and
the child is out of the frame- and I love the timelessness of the "gesture".
20th May 2006, 20:59   comments (1)

Guinea Pig Shampoo

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Here is our latest pet, getting a shampoo in the hand basin. This is Milton,
the very longhaired guinea pig. For more petblogging and photos of Mortimer,
the hairless guinea pig, consult

another fire escape photo

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Fire Escape Door

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I ventured out this door to take photographs