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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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8th Sep 2009, 03:48   | tags:,,

hildegard says:

Ok, that top one is a marvel. The essence of Teckel. :)

8th Sep 2009, 04:26

bronxelf says:

Aside from the top shot being awesome, the title makes it, totally.

8th Sep 2009, 05:06

silar31 says:

Hello Hammett! Such a cutie. And yes, that top shot is wonderful, but of course I like them all. :)

8th Sep 2009, 05:13

Caine says:

Oh these are absolutely fabulous shots. Well done, Hammett.

8th Sep 2009, 05:24

paintist says:

awwww the ears......and the intent gaze :-)
lovely shots of a handsome dog

8th Sep 2009, 06:07

Loving the top shot.

Thats one cute mutt.

8th Sep 2009, 08:35

cariadus says:

Wonderful. Especially love the ears in the top shot.

8th Sep 2009, 11:52

Viv says:

full of character

8th Sep 2009, 12:42

Factotum says:

We recently had the chance to dog-sit for a couple of days; It's always a pleasure.
Thanks for the HL.

8th Sep 2009, 12:46

swamprose says:

hammett has just the best ears in the world. and so soft. great photos.

8th Sep 2009, 14:57

Tori says:

I'll just howl along with the pack and say how much I like the top shot.

8th Sep 2009, 15:35

nige says:

*does scooby doo laugh.

8th Sep 2009, 19:23

Nige, I believe he laughs a lot

8th Sep 2009, 20:01

Factotum says:

I hope you've noticed his beautiful auburn eyebrows! In the middle photo.

9th Sep 2009, 03:08

swamprose says:

eyebrows? sorry. it's all about the ears. and attitude. he has a great attitude. go ahead, blog the eyebrows. this, I need to see.

9th Sep 2009, 03:29

Dhamaka says:

20th Sep 2009, 21:37