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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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This lovely little bowl, a present from Swamprose, was salvaged from a 17th century Asian shipwreck.
The photos do not do it justice.
8th Aug 2010, 03:12   | tags:,,,

swamprose says:

well, chez Facto is a five star resort.

8th Aug 2010, 13:37

mara says:

wonderful, indeed!

9th Aug 2010, 08:44

Caine says:

Wow. It's beautiful, and in such wonderful shape for being so old.

9th Aug 2010, 22:20

lilitiger says:

I really like the natural additions. It makes the bowl even more beautiful.

11th Aug 2010, 11:25

Dhamaka says:

wow - that's lovely

12th Aug 2010, 17:44

taniwha says:

It's done well considering ... and now it looks so cool

16th Aug 2010, 12:06

Viv says:

how amazing - so very you and Swamprose :)

17th Aug 2010, 19:35

bfish says:

what are these white with red outgrowings?

25th Aug 2010, 05:24

Factotum says:

barnacle and coral-like things, I imagine... I don't know precisely what they are.

25th Aug 2010, 12:33