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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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10th Jun 2007, 02:52   | tags:,

Viv says:

canals everywhere!

10th Jun 2007, 03:06

Caine says:

How did my Dolly get on that boat? ;D Ace capture.

10th Jun 2007, 03:09

silar31 says:

Caine, you beat me to it, I thought this was one of yours in thumbnail! The question would be, how in the heck did she get to Cambridge when you weren't looking? ;D

Don't mind us Facto, it's a lovely photo!

10th Jun 2007, 03:13

Caine says:

I'd like to know why she didn't take me!

10th Jun 2007, 03:15

swamprose says:

Geo took us on a great walk into Cambridge. The river is full of very speedy rowers. She made us really great huevos rancheros for breakfast.

10th Jun 2007, 06:01

hildegard says:

Guarding the gangplank...

10th Jun 2007, 06:24

Caine says:

Swamprose, not only is it great you met Geo, but she cooked for you. Cambridge is a beautiful place. Still doesn't explain how my dog got on that boat. ;D

10th Jun 2007, 06:38

nige says:

: )

10th Jun 2007, 09:39

Jigalong says:

Looks like an albino dingo to me:)

10th Jun 2007, 12:12

Caine says:

Jigalong, this dog is a twin for my Dolly, and she is half white Shepherd/half coyote.

10th Jun 2007, 12:17

Jigalong says:

Must go look through your blog for Dolly (the dingo) :)

10th Jun 2007, 12:22

Caine says:

10th Jun 2007, 12:42

Ha, Dogs really know how to relax

10th Jun 2007, 23:49