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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 went shopping with my daughter yesterday, One of us bought the
sensible winter boots that she really needed, on sale. One of us
bought these frivolous, summery shoes.
20th Jan 2007, 15:29   | tags:

these are very very cute

20th Jan 2007, 15:33

factotum says:

Can you guess who bought what?

20th Jan 2007, 15:37

well, you don't strike me as the sensible-winter-boots type of gal, factotum ; )

20th Jan 2007, 15:41

ViX says:

Oooo they are pretty!!

20th Jan 2007, 15:43

Dhamaka says:


20th Jan 2007, 15:44

swamprose says:

don't you wish she'd buy something silly once in a while so you could be the sensible one?

20th Jan 2007, 16:08

MaggieD says:

I'm all for a bit of frivolity .... but also like to keep my feet warm .... I think I would have been middle aged and boring and gone for the sensible boots ....

20th Jan 2007, 18:13

MaggieD says:

PS. love the shoes though....

20th Jan 2007, 18:14

paintist says:

I'm guessing they are yours factotum.....brings spring to the house early and puts a bit of silly girly stuff into your life....

20th Jan 2007, 19:08

silar31 says:

I. Love. These. Shoes.

Where did you get them?

20th Jan 2007, 19:31

factotum says:

I got them at Aldo. They do have a website, but I don't see these shoes there yet.
I'm middle aged and boring enough to have already had sensible winter boots, although I confess they're hot pink.

20th Jan 2007, 19:47

MaggieD says:

Yay for hot pink winter boots!

20th Jan 2007, 19:50

Dhamaka says:

I think we should be able to see these gorgeous hot pink boots..

21st Jan 2007, 01:54