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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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I finally got around to giving the poor dog some feet. Here is what the next
coat will be.

paintist says:

I did wonder what plasticized spakling was...you mean Polyfilla! Neat little feet he has got...whats next?

9th Jun 2006, 22:18

factotum says:

Polyinstafil is very light. I've used it to patch holes in the plaster ceiling. It's similar to Crayola's "Model Magic" but it comes in a big tub and it's a little bit wetter. I think I can slather it onto the dog with a putty knife and model it a bit when it's stiffer. It can also be sanded when it's dry.

9th Jun 2006, 22:24

paintist says:

is it also weatherproof, and is it sightly flexible so that it will not crumble when dog is moved...questions questions...sounds good stuff :-)

9th Jun 2006, 22:27