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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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18th Jan 2007, 04:01  

Gael says:

Beautiful. Got a feeling they may be turned into your christmas cards next year : )

18th Jan 2007, 06:28

swamprose says:

I miss this part.
Not the tires in the snow part.

18th Jan 2007, 11:08

Euphro says:


18th Jan 2007, 11:22

frog51 says:

Very nice!

18th Jan 2007, 23:39

540air says:

Beautiful indeed. It'd be great if we could get some snow like that :)

19th Jan 2007, 00:54

swamprose says:

did it all melt yet, says the cynical canuck...?

20th Jan 2007, 01:26

factotum says:

No! It's been well below freezing ever since, and there's been a new dusting of snow almost every day. T'is the way January is supposed to be, although not QUITE as cold.

20th Jan 2007, 02:35

swamprose says:

I know. I keep thinking it will get warm again...
*goes up to the studio to start a fire*

20th Jan 2007, 03:53

for some reason, they remind me of little animals' paws...

20th Jan 2007, 14:19

MaggieD says:

Lovely pics .... I'm told we have some heading our way soon ....

20th Jan 2007, 18:11

paintist says:

it is chilly today....and I did get 'sleeted' on this afternoon, maybe we will get some soon.....

20th Jan 2007, 19:33