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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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25th Mar 2009, 02:30   | tags:,

Caine says:

I love this! Faved.

25th Mar 2009, 02:35

paintist says:

lovely.....just my sort of space :-)

25th Mar 2009, 07:25

mara says:

I agree

25th Mar 2009, 09:51

OJ says:

I've faved it too. A lovely sense of indoors/outdoors and the overall effect is a bit pregnant with expectation....

25th Mar 2009, 10:22

factotum says:

I liked the way the plants seemed to be lined up at the door like schoolchildren, waiting to be let out.

25th Mar 2009, 11:17

crickson says:

Reminds me of when I worked at the John Innes Centre. Great shot : )

25th Mar 2009, 15:00

Helen says:

That looks like a pretty good greenhouse.

The John Innes Centre? In Norwich?

25th Mar 2009, 17:18

crickson says:

Yes, I worked there for a year during my degree. I loved it, would definitely consider a return if a job came up.

25th Mar 2009, 19:30

Helen says:

When were you there? Knew someone who worked there for a bit.

25th Mar 2009, 21:18

JokerXL says:

Wouldn't you just love to have a greenhouse that size?
I'd have a jungle in there, with butterflies & fruit bats.

26th Mar 2009, 20:05

factotum says:

Oooh, bats! A great idea, although bat guano is pretty smelly. Did you see these cool bat videos?

26th Mar 2009, 22:34

JokerXL says:

You could train them to poo in a little upsidedown Bat-Loo.
I'll go to those vids later, looking through my phone here now.

27th Mar 2009, 08:41

Lyzardly says:

Those bat videos are pretty much the coolest thing ever.

Thanks for sharing, factotum!

27th Mar 2009, 09:08

factotum says:

I was just waiting for an excuse to post the link :)

27th Mar 2009, 23:29

JokerXL says:

XL-ent Battage!

28th Mar 2009, 06:06

lilitiger says:

I like the green house a lot!

29th Mar 2009, 12:36

crickson says:

Helen> I worked at JIC from 1999-2000, in the Cambridge lab.

29th Mar 2009, 18:06

Helen says:

Not sure exactly where he worked, but it would have been from 1999 to at least 2001 (could still be there)... his name's Andy.

31st Mar 2009, 17:06

nige says:

Love the dirty windows. They make the shot for me, along with the sense of space.

1st Apr 2009, 15:31