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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'm on my way! Next stop, Toronto!
13th May 2007, 12:33   | tags:,

paintist says:

Yay! safe trip Facto....see you soon :-)

13th May 2007, 12:35

trains from other countries always look so much more interesting than ours! and they go so much further.

13th May 2007, 12:43

Gael says:

: )
Here's to lots of memorable days ...

13th May 2007, 12:53

beth says:

hurrah! bon voyage!

13th May 2007, 13:08


with para on the train thing - this one has a very pleasing paint job

13th May 2007, 13:28

swamprose says:

omg. she's on her way. this is all really going to happen?

she's packed?

oh dear. I am not ready. not at all. you have shoes I can buy in the UK, right? I mean I have some to wear, but I need some new ones..

edit I can't find my lens cap. panic panic

13th May 2007, 13:54

nige says:

i told you not to rely on swamprose, facto! mags, it's all up to you! see you both soon.

13th May 2007, 14:21

Viv says:

ying and yang eh?
don't panic Linda - going to practice thinking Linda!

really ought to take the cleaning side of it more seriously!
- place covered in builder dust - always procrastinated on the cleaning front

Weather forecast reverting to the less positive again - just hoping that the reality like this week will be better than the forecast!

Can I have details rather than a time estimate of your flight to Manchester

Time, terminal, flight number please

One other thing we need a tag name so all the pics can be viewed together


And of course you can buy shoes Linda - what sort and how urgent? Cheapest place good quality shoes - good range - in my area is on our route back home! Trouble is it's where I go for retail therapy!

(So are you smiling H & B?)

13th May 2007, 15:17

beth says:

i want to go to boundary mill!!!

13th May 2007, 15:22

Jigalong says:

Safe travels

14th May 2007, 01:21

factotum says:

Swamprose is a paragon of calm, self-discipline and order. I confused her by posting a picture of people getting on a train several hours before actually leaving for the station, and then again by changing the plan about who would be picking me up in Toronto.
Today, we go out to buy watches, since it turns out that neither one of us owns one. But aside from last minute details, we're all set!

14th May 2007, 14:53