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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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Swamprose Finds a Bluebell

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540air says:

Brilliant!! :)

16th May 2007, 11:55

Geodyne says:

And then she killed it?! The murderer!

Is she planning to leave it partially dismembered on your doorstep?


16th May 2007, 12:16

swamprose says:

I did not kill it. I picked one, and only one bluebell, and it is safely drying between two paper towels under my bag, upstairs. Viv took us on a drive home that went by entire forest floors carpeted in them. They are every bit as lovely as I had imagined. And Yorkshire is something out of a movie.

16th May 2007, 12:42

Gael says:

lovely shot : )
Welcome! to England (and Yorkshire especially - but then I'm biased.)

16th May 2007, 12:58

Twiglet says:

Hi Swamprose and Factotum! Have a lovely time!

16th May 2007, 13:04

swamprose says:

hey there! Viv, Facto and Benji are out on a walk by the river. Amazing. It is all real. :)

16th May 2007, 13:06

the picking of bluebells is a criminal offence!

16th May 2007, 13:09

Geodyne says:

We're still a figment of your imagination Swamprose, you're just having an incredibly complex dream!

16th May 2007, 13:28

beth says:

para - ah yes but none of this is real so i think it's ok to pick fake bluebells.. but shh don't tell the fake law enforcers.

16th May 2007, 15:29

OJ says:

What a triumphant picture! Should be "Swamprose conquered a bluebell"

16th May 2007, 15:48

Great picture very triumphant indeed and welcome to England

16th May 2007, 16:42

MaggieD says:

Just love that look of triumph on SR's face :)

17th May 2007, 20:24

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29th May 2007, 13:28

Viv says:

Just looking thro' the loose in uk tagged pics and this is such a splendid start!

7th Jun 2007, 17:54