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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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This is a photograph taken by my friend Roz ( whom I'm encouraging to start her own moblog!). It was taken yesterday, the first really frigid day this winter.
9th Dec 2008, 15:12   | tags:,

mara says:

: D

9th Dec 2008, 15:16

Dhamaka says:

Roz, this is a lovely shot. Why don't you do as Factotum suggests and set up your own moblog - I'm sure she has told you it's an interesting experience..

9th Dec 2008, 15:17

OJ says:

That's a great shot.

9th Dec 2008, 15:57

swamprose says:

the world needs more Roz. congratulations on the HL.

9th Dec 2008, 16:05

hildegard says:

Poignant.

9th Dec 2008, 16:08

Jane Doe says:

Welcome, Roz : )

9th Dec 2008, 16:15

nige says:

Thats superb! Come on Roz!

9th Dec 2008, 16:40

crickson says:

Is this the first HL for someone without a moblog yet?

Great shot : )

9th Dec 2008, 16:56

Viv says:

You gotta join now Roz!

9th Dec 2008, 17:46

OCD Sprocket says:

Hmmm Santa's not going to get many presents aboard that sleigh

*sighs*

guess the credit crunch has truly hit us all

9th Dec 2008, 19:00

MaggieD says:

Great capture, well done Roz!

9th Dec 2008, 19:50

taniwha says:

Father Christmas will never get that thing down the chimbley

9th Dec 2008, 21:28

Spiderbaby says:

And all because somebody shot his reindeer (link)

10th Dec 2008, 22:54

I love people who don't take themselves too seriously.

11th Dec 2008, 03:32

javaboy says:

Fantastic. Bet that put smiles on a lot of peoples faces.

11th Dec 2008, 10:40

swamprose says:

where's dat roz? out taking photos for the rozblog?

11th Dec 2008, 21:25