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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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Out and about on the last day of March
1st Apr 2011, 02:40   | tags:,,

Caine says:

Fabulous series. I especially like the first, third and fifth shots.

1st Apr 2011, 20:40

Factotum says:

So wonderful to be out and about!

3rd Apr 2011, 00:42

mara says:

beautiful series, great top one

3rd Apr 2011, 09:38

Love the first one, particularly

6th Apr 2011, 21:45

Dhamaka says:

Love them all but particularly #1 and #3

10th Apr 2011, 13:57

bethmadethis says:

Oh yes that top one is just aching to have some images put into the frames

10th Apr 2011, 15:33

taniwha says:

Ace! Love the Higgeldy Piggeldy door in one.

10th Apr 2011, 19:34

rhys says:

Lovely.

11th Apr 2011, 07:59

Sprocket says:

cool. I love the way the first one looks like a series of picture frames, with the frames on the wonk or stolen

16th Apr 2011, 18:30

FilbertFox says:

lovely. Sprocket Man is right.

20th Apr 2011, 10:04