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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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During yesterday's storm

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3rd Mar 2007, 15:19   | tags:,,,

Dhamaka says:

this is a lovely shot

If I had HL powers....

3rd Mar 2007, 23:42

nige says:

indeed. thats nice

3rd Mar 2007, 23:43

Dhamaka says:

Magic HL gods have struck

4th Mar 2007, 00:14

factotum says:

Thank you Magic Highlight Gods!

4th Mar 2007, 01:49

swampdonkeys says:

That's a great photo! I wish we had storms like that.

4th Mar 2007, 08:00

Dhamaka says:

let's see if the lamb turns up later..

4th Mar 2007, 08:14

Viv says:


4th Mar 2007, 15:07

MaggieD says:

Great shot!

I got your email, however I cannot reply to you direct as you did not give me your email address. If I hit reply then the reply goes back to Mat (MBUK administrator) .... I have had this problem before .... :(

If you send me your email address then I will reply, but I can only give you some of the information you require .... :(

4th Mar 2007, 15:38

Jigalong says:

Great shot. I wonder what was so important for someone to walk in a blizzard like this :) Well done on the HL

4th Mar 2007, 20:26

factotum says:

Well, I'd gone out to get fresh yeast so I could make bread...It wasn't particulary cold, so I think lots of people actually went out on foot for fun and fresh air. I'd wonder what was so important if I had seen somebody digging out a car...

4th Mar 2007, 20:35

Caine says:

Fabulous shot!

5th Mar 2007, 02:11

yatesybear says:

Love it, it's 37degrees today! EEk, off to the pool, could do with a bit of coolin snow

5th Mar 2007, 04:25

swamprose says:

hey, it's melted. right?
can we have an 'after' shot?

15th Mar 2007, 22:21

factotum says:

It hasn't ALL melted. There's still enough snow to have blocked the storm sewers, so all the melted snow turns into huge puddle lakes by day and then freezes back into skating rinks at night. Still, it's a thrill to see water and mud again.
Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow night.

16th Mar 2007, 01:39

swamprose says:

okay, so it's going to hammer you again. you can just leave this photo up until the end of april. think that is safe enough?

16th Mar 2007, 19:44

Bstrktmnd says:

Oh..... The snow! Mountain, snowboard, and cold. I like it. :) Very Nice pic. Ciao

16th Mar 2007, 20:00

swamprose says:

facto. we have to get organized. stop reading about Yorkshire. we have to make plans. climb out from under that snowbank. email me.

18th Mar 2007, 12:52

Viv says:


20th Mar 2007, 17:05