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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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Jigalong says:

I guess that its still cold in Montreal. Did someone leave a tap running on the roof to make icicles like this?

8th Apr 2007, 22:36

factotum says:

Probably the icicles are formed from last week's snow melting off the roof of the bigger building (on the left) to which this shed is attached.
If you look closely in the top photo, you'll see that it's still snowing in Montreal this afternoon.

8th Apr 2007, 22:51

Caine says:

Wow! These put my deep ice shots to shame. 2nd and 3rd shots are stellar.

9th Apr 2007, 01:01

factotum says:

Mine were inspired by yours! Yours are so pretty and mine are so grungey :(

9th Apr 2007, 01:08

Caine says:

No they aren't! The 3rd shot is really cool, because at first, it looks like a bicycle tire.

9th Apr 2007, 01:19

Jigalong says:

I thought that this might have been the case, but I'm still having a hard time trying to figure out how snow is melting on one roof, and freezing on another.

I really like pictures that make me think. Thanks

9th Apr 2007, 03:16

bibprofessor says:

they are all great, its funny how we appear to be a bunch of people living up here in the Nortth all fascinated by this kind of "natural" art or art made by nature !

9th Apr 2007, 11:51

MaggieD says:

Wow, great series .....

12th Apr 2007, 11:45