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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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Look who came out from under the woodpile last evening! Two baby woodchucks...
22nd Jul 2009, 15:51   | tags:,

Rich says:

Quick, get a bunch of wood, there are questions we need answers for.

22nd Jul 2009, 15:53

jethro beaudine says:

Where's that groundhog gravy recipe?

22nd Jul 2009, 16:01

swamprose says:

how much wood can a woodchuck chuck ....

they DO live in the woodpile.

can I say cute? very cute?

where's mom?

22nd Jul 2009, 16:45

Javama says:

Oh my! Little poppets! I think...... Are they an honour to have or are they like our badgers - a very mixed blessing?

22nd Jul 2009, 16:54

nige says:


22nd Jul 2009, 17:02

minkey says:

:) Probably wondering where summer is

22nd Jul 2009, 17:33

Dhamaka says:


22nd Jul 2009, 18:54

Caine says:

Wow! That's great, and you got such good pics too. I've never seen a woodchuck in person.

22nd Jul 2009, 19:50

Sprocket says:

totally gorgeous

22nd Jul 2009, 20:00

lilitiger says:

Look at what long tails they've got! I'd never seen one before.

22nd Jul 2009, 21:42

cariadus says:

Cuddly looking things, aren't they? Love the top shot especially.

22nd Jul 2009, 23:49

ookiine says:

Silly little buggers!

23rd Jul 2009, 04:10

Viv says:

inquisitive little creatures- sweet

23rd Jul 2009, 11:43

aaahhhhhhhh cute

23rd Jul 2009, 12:09

FilbertFox says:

so, can a woodchuck chuck wood? We need to know.

28th Jul 2009, 08:33

Factotum says:

I haven't seen them since, so I think the mother was alarmed by their newfound independence and has moved them somewhere else.
No woodchucking was directly observed, nor any evidence of recent woodchucking activity. If a woodchuck could chuck wood, it is still to be scientifically confirmed and quantified.

28th Jul 2009, 12:41

FilbertFox says:

I have it on good authority that the answer is 700 pounds or 1/4 cord of seasoned maple.

No idea what it means though

28th Jul 2009, 14:45

Factotum says:

if only I could get them to split and stack firewood, instead of chucking it....

28th Jul 2009, 21:18

TheOtherHalf says:

Ah me too - woodchuck initiation now completed.... don't see those here - probably too frightened by the seagulls!

29th Jul 2009, 04:20

Salome says:

They're awfully big. Somehow I thought they were small.

Maybe I was thinking of chipmunks.

6th Aug 2009, 10:12