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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 Feb 2007, 18:54  

Dhamaka says:

this is beautiful

18th Feb 2007, 19:59

kyoob says:

that's lovely, i never knew.

Isn't a banana technically a herb? or was it a nut?

18th Feb 2007, 20:03

Caine says:

Oh such colours. Exquisite shot.

18th Feb 2007, 22:38

Jigalong says:

Very nice, but I dont think that bananas are in season in Canada! Where was this shot taken?

19th Feb 2007, 00:53

swamprose says:

checking in from roatan...funny, today I was taking photos of bananas and their flowers. great minds think alike.

think this might be paradise...going back for a sundown drink on the beach.

stay warm.

19th Feb 2007, 00:56

Dhamaka says:

*envy

19th Feb 2007, 01:31

factotum says:

This banana plant is in the municipal greenhouse of the small town in which I live. I had almost walked right by without noticing when I spotted the tiny little bananas . There's a photo of last year's crop when the fruit was bigger here
http://www.canstockphoto.com/file_view.php?id=0212619
/> Kyoob, the Encyclopedia Brittanica descibes the banana plant as "...a gigantic herb springing from an underground stem or rhizome..."
Wish i were in Roatan taking photos of wild bananas!

19th Feb 2007, 01:53

Jigalong says:

I thought that it might have been in a heated environment.

I have won money at odd times betting that the banana plant is actually a herb:). Also another useless fact is that the banana plant needs seven full leaves for the fruit (bananas) to fully mature.

19th Feb 2007, 03:00

Dhamaka says:

and that bananas in the Caribbean are propagated from cuttings because for some reason I never understood their seeds are no longer viable

19th Feb 2007, 09:37

paintist says:

stunning ...such gorgeous colours too :-)

19th Feb 2007, 13:17

Euphro says:

Yes, bananas are all clones. Wild bananas are full of seeds and inedible :)

19th Feb 2007, 13:41

Dhamaka says:

ahh... that makes more sense. Thanks Euphro

19th Feb 2007, 22:28