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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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8th Jan 2009, 22:13  

Helen says:

That does look rather inviting, in a cold sort of way.

8th Jan 2009, 22:15

minushabens says:

really cool!

8th Jan 2009, 22:21

shitake says:

Excellent shot! :)

8th Jan 2009, 23:28

factotum says:

I thought it looked rather inviting!

9th Jan 2009, 00:44

nige says:

I hope you took a seat after taking this shot :)

9th Jan 2009, 00:44

Steve says:

Nooo you can't sit on it! It is so perfect and sculpted, it looks divine.

9th Jan 2009, 02:03

shitake says:

:up: :)

9th Jan 2009, 02:35

Geodyne says:

Amazing the way snow makes everything beautiful, isn't it? I agree with Steve - too perfect to use.

9th Jan 2009, 08:45

Dhamaka says:

well found!

9th Jan 2009, 09:09

paintist says:

a very frosty invitation.......great shot :-)

9th Jan 2009, 11:11

factotum says:

I resisted the temptation and dutifully went on to shovel out the car which was also buried under a mysterious sculpted mound of snow. Thanks for the HL!

9th Jan 2009, 13:21

MaggieD says:

Love it! .... though I have to say I would be sorely tempted to add a face ;)

9th Jan 2009, 19:06

Spiderbaby says:

I'd half expect the snow person to step up out of that chair! :)

9th Jan 2009, 23:33

Viv says:

beautiful form

12th Jan 2009, 14:34

FilbertFox says:

i know damn well i would have sat in it, I can't help but defile perfect snow!

14th Jan 2009, 07:42