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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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31st May 2007, 01:15  

Caine says:

Love these. The 2nd is my favourite.:) I sent you an email yesterday, and I received an 'undeliverable' message. Did you get it, or should I send again?

31st May 2007, 05:50

Sprocket says:

I'm glad someone got a shot of this - I was chicken and stayed under the marquee where it was nice and dry.

31st May 2007, 06:17

paintist says:

me too....the ivy in pic 2 is amazing....

31st May 2007, 06:53

minkey says:

So that's were pianos go when they retire....

31st May 2007, 07:44

Geodyne says:

Fabulous, wasn't it?

31st May 2007, 07:45

Euphro says:

These are wonderful!

31st May 2007, 12:20

factotum says:

It was fun to play, about 20% of the keys still work!
(Caine, I've reset my mail preferences now that I'm home; everything should be working again.)

31st May 2007, 12:20

Viv says:

nice shots - it is fascinating

31st May 2007, 14:17

540air says:

I thought I recognised that!! Glad you liked it :)

3rd Jun 2007, 02:55

JokerXL says:

540's back garden is the place where a lot of things go to die.
Just begging to be photographed, wasn't it?
;-)

3rd Jun 2007, 14:38