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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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These were spotted along the shore of Lake Champlain near Kingsland Bay... The sign says "No Vacancy".
28th Aug 2009, 18:17  

Viv says:

:)
I like them

28th Aug 2009, 18:20

nige says:

someone is very protective over their property.

28th Aug 2009, 18:24

queserasara says:

Ohh maybe it's the fairys - or the knights that were on thier way to fight the dragons in the woods - or maybe it's wher the children hid from the witch .... Sorry can you tell I've just spent 3 weeks with my 2 yearold neice & 5 yr old nephew - turning everything into adventures? Great images. Qssx

28th Aug 2009, 18:41

Factotum says:

I know what you mean QSS. There's always a story book quality to paths through the forest.

29th Aug 2009, 12:45

minushabens says:

great, thanks!
I'm collecting picture of savage shelters and these are really good.

31st Aug 2009, 23:33

Euphro says:

These are great!

31st Aug 2009, 23:48

Factotum says:

Minushabens, I'm going to add one more photo for you. I didn't post it before because it's quite hard to see the shelter ( but that, of course is what I liked about the photo)

1st Sep 2009, 00:08