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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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One of many many photos of today's visit to Kew Gardens: Swamprose meets
another enthusiast.

Caine says:

This is a *great* shot. I like it. :)

24th May 2007, 01:03

ViX says:

I love this shot :)

24th May 2007, 01:18

Viv says:

she looks like a really interesting lady!

24th May 2007, 03:04

Viv says:

very worthy HL

24th May 2007, 03:15

paintist says:

this is great !!! hope you both had a fantastic time !

24th May 2007, 07:06

nige says:

great catch facto. so great.

24th May 2007, 07:27

Toddy says:

O I do like this one!

24th May 2007, 08:55

taniwha says:

Nice capture. Does look kind of old testament though

24th May 2007, 08:58

Geodyne says:

The level of passion in that face!

Brilliant. :)

24th May 2007, 09:29

crickson says:

Great shot : D

24th May 2007, 11:08

540air says:

You want the tube station? Oh it's that way ;)

Great shot :)

24th May 2007, 11:21

beth says:

oh that would certainly be well worth the visit :)

24th May 2007, 11:24

minkey says:

Fab weather and great hat :-)

24th May 2007, 11:29

MaggieD says:

Love this shot .... it captures the moment beautifully .....

24th May 2007, 19:39

mara says:

Yesterday this pic stayed in my mind for all the day.
It's great.

25th May 2007, 10:03

Dhamaka says:

I'm glad to see it got a HL

25th May 2007, 16:20

this is so fabulous :-)

26th May 2007, 22:51

Great shot. Congrats on HL

28th May 2007, 21:46

swampdonkeys says:

Congrats on the HL, that is a great pic, love her hat.

29th May 2007, 07:41

Euphro says:

That is wonderful!

29th May 2007, 13:27

hildegard says:

Outstanding! :)

29th May 2007, 13:34

factotum says:

The woman on the right was doing botanical drawings in coloured pencils when we encountered her.She showed Swamprose her sketchbook and pointed us in the direction of several of her favourite places in the gardens. Eventually, I will post some other photos of her working quietly away.

29th May 2007, 13:41