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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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Once I discovered how easy it is to scoop up frogs on a kayak paddle, it was irresistible....
A few of many photos :) There are at least six different frogs posing here!

crickson says:

Wow - were they really that tame?

..did you fling one with the paddle...?

6th Jul 2011, 18:31

Factotum says:

Not tame, just not too bright, I think, although individual frogs seemed to figure it out after being picked up a few times and would jump off the paddle.
I did NOT fling any frogs! and even felt a bit badly about gently moving what seemed to be the dominant frog away from a prime patch of grasses to see if either of the two frogs waiting of the periphery would take his place. (They did but only temporarily.)
But after that first scientific experiment, I must admit that I did move them around just for fun:)

6th Jul 2011, 18:46

Spiderbaby says:

Well these all look fine and happy to be scooped up :) I imagine them all singing for you like they do in Rupert the bear and the Frog Chorus.

6th Jul 2011, 19:13

Twiglet says:

Princes all!

6th Jul 2011, 19:53

MaggieD says:

Love pic 1, pic 4 made me smile ....

6th Jul 2011, 20:51

jc1000000 says:

That's brilliant! Top pic is so cool.

6th Jul 2011, 21:03

jc1000000 says:

That's brilliant! Top pic is so cool.

6th Jul 2011, 21:03

Viv says:

unreal - love them

6th Jul 2011, 21:25

Helen says:

He looks rather fine. And reminds me of Frog, from Frog and Toad.

He wasn't so bright...;=related

6th Jul 2011, 23:11

Dania says:

I don't know why, but this made me giggle. :D

Love #1 and #4.

6th Jul 2011, 23:13

bethmadethis says:

Oh he is fabulous

7th Jul 2011, 00:03

Gael says:


7th Jul 2011, 11:04

minushabens says:

great frogs! did you try with a kiss? :)

7th Jul 2011, 11:46

nige says:

You cruel, cruel woman, facto! Haha. Wicked.

10th Jul 2011, 11:51

shitake says:

Super set!! :)

10th Jul 2011, 19:50

mysteritmo says:

"just not too bright, I think..." :-D
Wonderful and fantastic shots! Faved.

11th Jul 2011, 19:30

rhys says:


16th Jul 2011, 09:12

Factotum says:

The film version is here:
Minushabens, I did try for a kiss! See what happened next!

18th Sep 2011, 19:40