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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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It's dark when I leave the house in the morning, so why is it 22
degrees this afternoon? What season is it again?
22nd Oct 2007, 21:11   | tags:,,

Steve says:

Number 2 is fab

22nd Oct 2007, 21:16

swamprose says:

it was 26 here today, and hot slogging in the forest.

I like all of them, especially the sneaky farine five roses.

22nd Oct 2007, 22:29

Viv says:

noticed that - strange here too - but not that warm

23rd Oct 2007, 12:03

Caine says:

Love the 2nd shot! Looks like you captured the Tardis. ;D

23rd Oct 2007, 20:17

FilbertFox says:

i was standing at the bus stop in the dark at 7 a.m. in a short sleeved t shirt, when i get on the bus everyone else is dressed for the Arctic it seems

4th Nov 2007, 20:52