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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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Montreal was lucky to be just on the edge of this storm. But it was definitely snow and has remained on the ground, as the weather stays chilly and windy.
30th Oct 2008, 02:47  

nige says:

thats beautiful.

30th Oct 2008, 03:23

this is a lovely image
faved

30th Oct 2008, 09:58

taniwha says:

everything in the picture would go 'crunch' if stepped on.

30th Oct 2008, 10:47

nige says:

I keep coming back to this because the colours are so great.

30th Oct 2008, 11:08

mara says:

I agree with Nige

30th Oct 2008, 11:09

factotum says:

Thanks for the positive response! There's been a lot of grumbling and complaining about the weather here, so it's good to be reminded how lovely snow can be too.

30th Oct 2008, 11:31

Euphro says:

Wonderful! Nice winter-autumn pastiche, too :D

30th Oct 2008, 13:03

MaggieD says:

Agree with Nige, the colours are great, and you can almost hear the crunch ...

30th Oct 2008, 17:49

Viv says:

yes very beautiful - the uk had some this week too

30th Oct 2008, 22:50

shitake says:

Admirable! :))

31st Oct 2008, 01:41

SLG says:

wonderful. Faved.

10th Nov 2008, 16:19