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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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By the time I went home, it had turned into a night walk...
16th Sep 2006, 03:13  

Caine says:

I like these. I love walking and taking pics at night, but it's hard here, next to no artificial light.

16th Sep 2006, 03:36

factotum says:

You're lucky, living somewhere where light pollution isn't a real problem. It's never really dark here in the city. I always forget, and then am astounded, by, how many stars there actually are in the sky when you get away from the urban centres.

16th Sep 2006, 04:03

Caine says:

Yes, I love the stars with a passion. It's a wondrous thing to spend time gazing at the universe. Even so, I do miss urban walks.

16th Sep 2006, 04:17

midlife says:

Will the person in the pic ever see this picture on moblog? i like the night pics.

16th Sep 2006, 04:49

paintist says:

the top shot is great...I love the stars...but we have a lot of light polution, even where we are, 'in the countryside'...

16th Sep 2006, 11:01

Viv says:

I love starry nights - city visitors re often amazed that we are happy to walk home by torchlight - never bothers me
and the lovely starry nights watching out for shooting stars are amazing - walking the dog by moonlight is the best!

16th Sep 2006, 17:23