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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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22nd Jun 2007, 19:35   | tags:,,,

nige says:

the first & last are just so wonderful. lean on me.

22nd Jun 2007, 20:03

OJ says:

Sweet set. It would be so delicious if the top couple were blogging.

22nd Jun 2007, 20:10

MaggieD says:

These are great .... the first and last made me smile :) and the whole series leaves me with a 'warm' feeling .... it really was a lovely early summer's day :)

22nd Jun 2007, 21:21

Viv says:

really 'warm' set

22nd Jun 2007, 22:52

Sprocket says:

oh poop - Kew is 500 yds from where I work. Lovely set though.

23rd Jun 2007, 00:23

minkey says:

Great shots. The last one is...hmmm...

23rd Jun 2007, 00:39

factotum says:

I thought I'd leave the botanical blogging to Swamprose and Hildegard, so I've just started to sort through the photos from the day we spent at Kew.

23rd Jun 2007, 00:43

swamprose says:

nicely done, facto. a day to remember.

23rd Jun 2007, 01:13

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23rd Jun 2007, 09:58

taniwha says:

so nicely observed.

23rd Jun 2007, 10:02

factotum that is great. it brings young and old love out. they are all leaning on each other for more than we will ever know. sweet pic.

23rd Jun 2007, 17:46