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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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5th Jun 2007, 16:12   | tags:,,

Dhamaka says:

nice colours
I look like I have a hunch back.. Guess it's the hoodie...
The moon one looks great!

(edit) interesting choice of words for the title too :)

5th Jun 2007, 16:29

nige says:

who's the chick with the good legs in the pink skirt, there?

5th Jun 2007, 16:36

Viv says:

beautiful blue sky - nice reflections

5th Jun 2007, 16:45

minkey says:

Nice colors. Love reflections :-)

5th Jun 2007, 17:08

swamprose says:

the chick in the pink skirt? never seen her before.

facto, blog it all. nice to see it from your point of view.

5th Jun 2007, 17:08

nige says:


5th Jun 2007, 17:32

540air says:

These are great. I like the moon in the last one :)

5th Jun 2007, 17:51

Dhamaka says:

a HL!!

5th Jun 2007, 18:09

paintist says:

great the moon too....

5th Jun 2007, 18:13

Caine says:

Superb series! I like them all.

5th Jun 2007, 22:16

OJ says:

Me too. That second shot is particularly placid and angular.

6th Jun 2007, 00:26

MaggieD says:

Wow, I love them all .... I'm on a whistle stop tour through your blog, and I must say I am loving it all .... such a great mixture of images .....

7th Jun 2007, 19:58

FilbertFox says:

well i have been saving these up to have a jolly good ganders at. You have made my evening very interesting. Thank you so much.

7th Jun 2007, 22:32