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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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traps on Hebden Gill

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There were several of these traps placed on boards over a stream that
we passed on our way up to the restored lead smelting chimney; I
wonder what they were intended to catch.

Viv says:

must see if i can find out

1st Jun 2007, 20:21

Caine says:

Hmmmm. I don't suppose they are intended for beavers?

2nd Jun 2007, 02:29

factotum says:

The traps seemed a bit small for beaver, and I didn't notice any sign of beaver activity, or dams or lodges. Mink occured to me as a possibility, but I don't know if they're found in Yorkshire. I bet Viv will find out!

2nd Jun 2007, 02:42

Viv says:

could well be mink
don't have beaver
Alan's fairly certain it will be mink

2nd Jun 2007, 11:51

FilbertFox says:

i'd have thought mink too.

3rd Jun 2007, 15:53

MaggieD says:

Oh dear, just don't like traps ....

7th Jun 2007, 19:13

yes, they are mink traps.

7th Jun 2007, 19:53