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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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4th Jun 2007, 16:58   | tags:,,

bronxelf says:

In the top one, they almost look fake. Like little plastic sheep placed upon a backdrop.

4th Jun 2007, 16:59

seaneeboy says:

"Eee baa gum"?

4th Jun 2007, 17:09

with you on that one, ES.

4th Jun 2007, 17:09

Geodyne says:

I just snorted at Seaneeboy's quip!

The colours in the top shot...

4th Jun 2007, 17:20

OJ says:

Fake plastic sheep in fact then Bronxelf?

If those sheep could talk they'd be telling you that they'd hogged the spot with the best view, so there.

4th Jun 2007, 18:17

more sheep less cats,
more cows less dogs!

4th Jun 2007, 18:44

Dhamaka says:

and stunning scenery

4th Jun 2007, 19:43

Viv says:

yep same journey - lovely colour as geo says

4th Jun 2007, 20:05

swampdonkeys says:

I was going to say the same as Geo too.

4th Jun 2007, 21:47

FilbertFox says:

The Mr says he thinks he has taken at least one of those out on a date

7th Jun 2007, 22:22

Alchemist says:

Nice photos. The sheep on the left in the first pic? Not Doris is it? I've not seen her for yonks! Mind you, she were a nibbler!

23rd Jun 2007, 19:58