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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, 13:04

Viv says:

Actually top 2 still in Lancashire
A56 looking towards Accrington
bottom one is the old road from Colne to Skipton

31st May 2007, 14:23

Dhamaka says:

look so romantic..

31st May 2007, 14:40

factotum says:

Thanks Viv! I depend on you for corrections and clarification, especially since several weeks have passed since the photos were taken...

31st May 2007, 15:01

paintist says:

a very green and pleasant land...

31st May 2007, 15:20

swampdonkeys says:

just beautiful!

31st May 2007, 15:30

Caine says:

Beautiful! I think that is some of the prettiest land anywhere.

31st May 2007, 17:28

OJ says:

Second picture's lovely Factotum.

For a minute there I thought you were going to say "the old road from Colne to Keighley", which is a favourite of mine. Er, as old roads over moors go...

31st May 2007, 19:49

Looks great. Can't beat city air though.....:-(

31st May 2007, 23:12

Jigalong says:

This place is so lush and green. I dare say that its been awhile since this place had a drought.

1st Jun 2007, 02:03

MaggieD says:

I do like that 2nd shot .....

7th Jun 2007, 19:12