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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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I Blame Viv!

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Wallpaper coming off means plastering and painting coming up!

minkey says:

Yeahhh....that's fun...well nice to see other doing it.... :-)

18th Jun 2007, 15:59

swamprose says:

where is this? your bedroom? methinks you have been left alone to reek havoc. hope it is peeling off nicely. and yes, it is all Viv's fault.

18th Jun 2007, 16:14

540air says:

Yep, I blame Viv too ;)

18th Jun 2007, 16:28

Helen says:

Oh no!

Do you know what you're getting yourself into?

18th Jun 2007, 17:37

factotum says:

This is the little tiny hall just inside the front door, where a transom was recently uncovered. The plan is to get everything plastered and ready to paint before Mr F. goes off, then paint while he's away.
Helen, I do know what I could be in for, but this could be a contained, finite undertaking. Or not.

18th Jun 2007, 17:44

paintist says:

a short story for you the yellow wallpaper

18th Jun 2007, 18:47

Viv says:

mine definitely isn't!

18th Jun 2007, 22:03

Viv says:

mea culpa - for almost anything!

and loved the story P!

18th Jun 2007, 22:04

FilbertFox says:

can we now blame Viv for everything?

18th Jun 2007, 22:08

Helen says:

I can!

18th Jun 2007, 22:09

FilbertFox says:

i blame my Mum too

18th Jun 2007, 22:11

Viv says:

:D

19th Jun 2007, 00:33

Jigalong says:

If its not broken....:)

19th Jun 2007, 05:27

beth says:

i blame viv for most things :)

(i thank her for a lot too. Like finding dan some wellies for glastonbury)

19th Jun 2007, 16:59

Viv says:

no probs - enjoy yourselves¬°

19th Jun 2007, 23:31