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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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You'll notice that one twin has three of the four mittens and seems intent on keeping them.
29th Dec 2011, 15:15  

FilbertFox says:

Wow! I am so happy for you all

29th Dec 2011, 15:57

MaggieD says:

hahaha! let's see how this develops:)

29th Dec 2011, 17:23

JokerXL says:

Schweeeeet!

29th Dec 2011, 18:13

Dania says:

Aw, how sweet. Congratulations!

29th Dec 2011, 22:36

Viv says:

the squabbles begin

did you make the hats?

30th Dec 2011, 09:51

Factotum says:

I did, Viv, choosing the brightest pink I could find :)

30th Dec 2011, 20:23

Viv says:

had your mark :)

31st Dec 2011, 09:47

Dhamaka says:

awww HNY xx

1st Jan 2012, 09:22

lilitiger says:

Congratulations!! (belated)
How do you tell them apart? Or is that not a question to ask!

They look great on the pictures. To long and happy lives!

7th Jan 2012, 19:32

Factotum says:

It's fairly easy to tell them apart when they're side by side, and easier still when they're awake. Alice was a bit smaller, paler and more of a worrier than Hazel; Alice furrows her brow, for example, more than her sister. But those differences seem to be evening out a bit now. Just in case, Alice has a dab of nail polish on one of her tiny toes.

7th Jan 2012, 20:38

Javama says:

I have been away for ages because my pc could no longer cope with moblog but I just looked in to find this! Wonderful! Congratulations. They are stunning!

8th Jan 2012, 13:23