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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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20th Jul 2009, 00:24  

Viv says:


20th Jul 2009, 00:31

Viv says:


20th Jul 2009, 00:31

Anonymous says:

Wow, wonderful!

20th Jul 2009, 00:51

cariadus says:

Looks like someone was having fun!

20th Jul 2009, 01:28

nige says:

Hahaha. great

20th Jul 2009, 01:42

kel says:

eeek. if that was me I'd be running in the opposite direction to the geese!

20th Jul 2009, 12:52

hildegard says:

Lookit them geese go! Very forebearing of them - they do tend to round on their pursuers. :)
Ever see the movie le Bonheur est dans le pré? Theseedfinitely put me in mind of that & it's not just the fowl...

(Edit) "Theseedfinitely"? *sigh* "these definitely".

20th Jul 2009, 15:39

Factotum says:

Everyone was having fun, I think!
No, H, I haven't seen the film, but will look out for it now.

21st Jul 2009, 01:07

JokerXL says:

He he, XL-ent!

21st Jul 2009, 06:41

that first shot is just brill.! i love the expression on their goose faces. :)

21st Jul 2009, 09:38

taniwha says:

Geese and children are well matched foes.

21st Jul 2009, 09:57

Caine says:


22nd Jul 2009, 19:54

how absolutely wonderful and faved

23rd Jul 2009, 12:10

FilbertFox says:

these made me smile. But if my youngest had seen these, there would have been a long lecture on why small children shouldn't wear crocs!

28th Jul 2009, 08:31

Factotum says:

or run around with objects in their mouths, even pacifiers!
Mind you, I do like the fact that his crocs are the same colour as the geese's feet.

28th Jul 2009, 12:44

FilbertFox says:

yes i noticed that too

28th Jul 2009, 14:41