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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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Winter Walk along the canal

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...researching the ClickCam shot that I will take as soon as the sun comes out!

Caine says:

Beautiful shots, muted in that particular winter way. Last one is my fave.

29th Dec 2007, 03:29

factotum says:

I like the last one too. The woman in the white parka was the only other person I saw.

29th Dec 2007, 06:19

Dhamaka says:

wow
lovely shots
does the canal freeze right over?

29th Dec 2007, 07:23

Euphro says:

These are gorgeous! We have a chance of some snow of our own next week :)

29th Dec 2007, 09:21

nige says:

looks empty and very quiet.

29th Dec 2007, 11:47

FilbertFox says:

wow. Never seen 'my' canal look like that!

29th Dec 2007, 15:58

Viv says:

so tranquil

29th Dec 2007, 20:11

JokerXL says:

Is the Geodesic dome that tiny bubble on the horizon in pic 2?

9th May 2009, 06:11