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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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The raspberries are starting to ripen...
7th Jul 2007, 17:08  

swamprose says:

I'll be right over. lovely shot.

7th Jul 2007, 17:09

bibprofessor says:

uumm, luckily I have some cranberries, have a nice day

7th Jul 2007, 17:19

looker says:

mmmmmm ours are not even close to ripening yet.

7th Jul 2007, 17:24

FilbertFox says:

send them to me send them to me

7th Jul 2007, 17:28

A wise man said: never pick raspberries or blackberries from below waist height on country lanes....

7th Jul 2007, 17:31

FilbertFox says:

are you taking the piss findo?

7th Jul 2007, 17:47


7th Jul 2007, 17:48

FilbertFox says:

mais oui

7th Jul 2007, 18:31

paintist says:

my soft fruit has been eaten by birds......

7th Jul 2007, 18:39

nige says:

lovely pic. great light. yum.

7th Jul 2007, 18:52

JokerXL says:

Do you have no birds Facto?
A slight hint of red on ours and they get ravaged.

(down now FF!)

7th Jul 2007, 19:58

Caine says:

Oh, lovely! I'm hoping I get to eat at least one of our grapes this year. Those birds...

7th Jul 2007, 21:53

minkey says:

J'aime les framboises :-). First year where the weather has been abysmal and I've never had so many. One bowl everyday... ENJOY .. BTW I love the macro

8th Jul 2007, 00:46

factotum, but right side up says:

I'm lucky if I get five or six every morning, and only for a week or so. There's just one raspbery bush here, growing beside the compost bin.

8th Jul 2007, 03:01

Jesson says:

You lucky lot! Love raspberries but can't usually get them here (Aus) unless you want to pay a ransom for them- sometimes as much as $10 per punnet (about UK4.00). YUM!

8th Jul 2007, 03:53

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8th Jul 2007, 10:12

Rick says:

Makes a guy hungry. Delicious pic!

8th Jul 2007, 19:23

FF, vous avez une si basse opinion de moi, je peux devoir aller au loin et bouder maintenant. Insinuant que je prends la pisse

8th Jul 2007, 19:27

I just love raspberries great pic

10th Jul 2007, 17:00

heuro says:

I like the colors and the light, good pic

12th Jul 2007, 13:06

gill1109 says:

What a splendid raspberry...

19th Jul 2007, 14:58