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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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4th Oct 2007, 07:06  

Jane Doe says:

Ours was dumped in the same spot : )
and H still hasn't moved it all...

4th Oct 2007, 07:37

nige says:

love that last one, facto.

4th Oct 2007, 07:56

a sign of winter...

4th Oct 2007, 10:35

minkey says:

:-) Lots of wood. Do you need the car?

4th Oct 2007, 12:44

harimanjaro says:

Reminds me... nearly time to get mine delivered.

4th Oct 2007, 13:31

Caine says:

Winter prep. We still have to gather and move our wood. Love this series, especially the last shot.

4th Oct 2007, 20:18

swamprose says:

I love the bottom shot. and I love sitting in front of your fireplace.

hey, is that world famous animator john felix weldon over there supervising?

5th Oct 2007, 00:38

540air says:

That bottom one is brilliant :)

14th Oct 2007, 23:55

itchymoblog says:

Oh, these are great! I love pictures of wood.

23rd Oct 2007, 10:59