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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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Does anyone know anything about fungus?
22nd Jul 2006, 23:48  

Caine says:

It looks a bit like Trumpet mushrooms. That said, I don't know very much about fungi. Beautiful pics, though! I like the second and last shots in particular.

22nd Jul 2006, 23:55

Gael says:

E u p h r o is your man for fungi :)

23rd Jul 2006, 00:11

Euphro says:

Thanks G a e l :D These look like chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) which are delicious to eat. There is one other fungus they could be confused with, the false chanterelle (Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca). The main difference is that the true chanterelle doesn't really have gills, just corrugations of the cap which run down the stipe or stem (described as decurrent), whereas the false chanterelle does and these ones end more sharply against the stipe (subdecurrent). However, if you are in any doubt, don't eat them :)

23rd Jul 2006, 00:48

silar31 says:

Yep. I know that if you aren't exactly sure of what you are looking at and what they do, you leave them alone.

Well, you did say anything. :-)

23rd Jul 2006, 04:09

factotum says:

I think I need a field guide! And a really basic lesson in fungal morphology and terminology :) Thanks, Euphro. Now I have an inkling of what kinds of things to look for!

23rd Jul 2006, 13:50