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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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Caine says:

Beautiful shots.

Whatever the flash thing is that you have on your sidebar is destroying my ability to load a/o view your moblog, though. It already locked up my system once. ETA: nevermind, installed flashblock - I'm good now and can see your photos. :)

3rd Oct 2009, 04:04

Mandy says:

Definitely autumnal.

3rd Oct 2009, 05:49

swamprose says:

okay. it's autumn. again.

Roatan is having a coup. I have nowhere to fantasize about.

I don't think I can do snow. again.

3rd Oct 2009, 06:02

mara says:

I love these

3rd Oct 2009, 07:54

Twiglet says:

Absolutely gorgeous. Second one faved!

3rd Oct 2009, 07:57

JokerXL says:

"all the leaves are brown"
"and the sky is grey"

3rd Oct 2009, 09:42

Factotum says:

Caine, that was a live feed from the National Summit on Arts Journalism; it's gone now.

3rd Oct 2009, 12:31

FilbertFox says:

pretty pretty

4th Oct 2009, 19:14

Javama says:

Love them both. Gorgeous shots.

6th Oct 2009, 14:27