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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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Green wall in winter

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This green wall , installed on the corner of the Darling Foundry art gallery, is the work of Jean Paul Ganem. There are photos taken in the summer and fall here:

interesting to see it at both points in the year, quite an amazing piece of work.

29th Jan 2009, 04:02

Javama says:

It's extraordinary and beautiful. I really like it. Will it all come to life again in the spring or does it have to be replanted?

29th Jan 2009, 11:15

factotum says:

Javama, I hope some of the plants will turn green again in the spring! I'll keep you posted.

29th Jan 2009, 12:23

Javama says:

I shall watch the space!

29th Jan 2009, 17:35

taniwha says:

It's a lovely idea

29th Jan 2009, 20:51

Caine says:

I love the concept. I wish I could do something like that all around my property. It's not so green now though, looks like a very healthy amount of snow you're getting there.

30th Jan 2009, 00:02

factotum says:

Haha. I wish I were inside the Cluny Art Bar looking out!

30th Jan 2009, 02:07