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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 says:

pant paaant. I can't keep up. go facto.

6th Jun 2007, 02:59

Caine says:

Stunning. I can't decide which I like better...

6th Jun 2007, 03:55

Dhamaka says:

wow these are such different perspectives
and the shots are so good

6th Jun 2007, 07:08

taniwha says:

Love that low afternoon soon

6th Jun 2007, 07:59

nige says:

very nice facto. i have some neat ones of this time of the day myself. i'm proud to have my red shirt and shadow feature in the highlights twice!

6th Jun 2007, 08:33

Gael says:

both lovely

6th Jun 2007, 09:01

Viv says:

Wow - the highlight queen - that is a beauty

6th Jun 2007, 09:21

crickson says:

Great shots : )

6th Jun 2007, 12:40

ooh i love low sun shadows. great shot. id recognise that shooting arm anywhere ;)

6th Jun 2007, 14:08

Sprocket says:

loving the 2nd one

7th Jun 2007, 06:08

MaggieD says:

Gosh, I love them both ....

7th Jun 2007, 20:09

FilbertFox says:

i think i am now stunned out. I will save the others for tomorrow, it will be the highlight of my day.

7th Jun 2007, 22:36