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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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Chinchillas like a daily dust bath!
24th May 2010, 01:09   | tags:,,,,

silar31 says:

OMG how cute is Ralph! I love the end where he self-zooms into the camera :)

25th May 2010, 03:31

Factotum says:

It's so hot in Montreal this weekend ( 30 degrees celsius) that we've had to take emergency measures to keep the chinchilla cool; he's been transported to the cellar where it's cooler, but with a dehumidifier running full tilt. And he's been given ice packs tucked into socks and ice cubes in his water bowl.... He's used to a cool dry desert climate.

25th May 2010, 03:45

Viv says:

very cute

28th May 2010, 13:29

Yes, I remember now that chincillas can't sweat. I used to put ice cubes in their drinking water in those hot days. Kept the sand bath in the fridge so it's nice and cool when they ge in there too :-)

25th Jun 2010, 05:39