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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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Hammett Comes to Stay

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Hammett's owners have a human baby coming soon, so Hammett has come to stay with his "grandparents" for an extended visit. :)
27th Jan 2013, 01:57   | tags:

Viv says:

You will enjoy that and the new human :)

27th Jan 2013, 06:51

Helen says:

I see he's settled in.

27th Jan 2013, 16:55

paintist says:

Lovely content pose ...

27th Jan 2013, 17:24

Factotum says:

...except he is so sad when one gets up and goes away. He's following me around a lot now, but I think he'll soon get used to his new routines.

27th Jan 2013, 20:57

MaggieD says:

Lovely pic
Hope he settles in soon

28th Jan 2013, 18:18

silar31 says:

I'm glad you're able to give the wee fella a baby-free place to stay. I'm sure he'll settle in, but be warned, the following will continue - dachshunds like to be near (on top of) their humans pretty much all of the time. :)

11th Feb 2013, 13:29

bethmadethis says:

Aw brilliant, he is a nice chap to have around.

11th Feb 2013, 16:02

Factotum says:

My son who works from home has moved his office, as well as his dog, back to the ancestral pile. That means Hammett's daytime routine is pretty much unchanged. He hangs out under Alex's desk all day :)
I get the early morning and late night dog walks, which Hammett and I will both enjoy once the weather gets a little less wintery.

11th Feb 2013, 16:40

Viv says:

Bet you are enjoying that :)

11th Feb 2013, 18:07