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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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Rue is for remembrance

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...but as is often the case with memories, this remembrance has been
embellished and enhanced
16th Sep 2006, 03:18   | tags:,,,

Caine says:

Lovely! I like the top one in particular.

16th Sep 2006, 03:38

Dhamaka says:

lovely shots
I have this plant on the roof, often regret it for the smell though..

16th Sep 2006, 06:13

beautiful shots - that second one made me say 'wow' out loud, on my own.

16th Sep 2006, 11:02

paintist says:

I like the colour and shape of the rue plan, these pics are gorgeous...I had one growing at the front of our house, but a neighbour made a huge fuss about it being poisonous and giving her daughter a rash...so we pulled it up :-(
info on Rue

16th Sep 2006, 11:07

swamprose says:

Paintist,silly neighbours..rue is also for warding off the evil eye, which means I have to stay away from Facto's house.

neat colours, F.

16th Sep 2006, 11:26

Gael says:

these are great, something about the colour/texture combo and the general 'dark' tone
BTW I finished Effi Briest - I actually found it quite enjoyable. Wish they'd made more of the ghost element (shades of Rebecca ? The ending surprised me ...

16th Sep 2006, 14:38