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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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Lead Mining in Yorkshire

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Grassington Moor with its leading mining past has already been
blogged before, but it was one of my favourite parts of my trip to
the UK! Viv has a lot of information, but some can also be found
online here:

My photos show the road in to the mining sites from Yarnbury,
Yarnbury Wash, horse whim and level (horizontal shaft), smelting floor and smelting mill walls and parts of the flue line...

Caine says:

What a wonderful series! 4th, 6th and 8th shots are my faves. 8th most of all. :)

13th Jun 2007, 05:41

factotum says:

Thanks Caine! The archaeological/ historical presence of now vanished human beings really appealed to me.

13th Jun 2007, 05:45

Caine says:

I can see why. I'm constantly astonished by the beauty and history of Yorkshire. That must have been a great experience.

13th Jun 2007, 05:50

factotum says:

Yorkshire was the perfect tourist destination for me! And, I must add, the Dawsons were the perfect hosts!

13th Jun 2007, 05:54

Caine says:

I think I could spend ages there. :)

13th Jun 2007, 05:55

factotum says:

Very happy to have had a couple of days!

13th Jun 2007, 06:37

Dhamaka says:

your photos really give the feel of the place

13th Jun 2007, 07:46

Viv says:

I loved having you as you know and you would be welcome back anytime - as to the knowledge mine is very fragmented I'm afraid!

Caine you would be more than welcome too - your neck of the woods fascinates me too!

13th Jun 2007, 12:02

ViX says:

Oh this is wonderful!! My environmental science sense is tingling! The perfect walkover study site! We went to a similar site in Wales for a field trip, and the amount of info you can obtain just by looking at the landscape is a wonder!!

13th Jun 2007, 16:41

Jigalong says:

Lovely photos. So when was it an operating mine?

14th Jun 2007, 10:56

factotum says:

I've made the clicky work, so you can get an accurate answer! I don't want to spread misinformation. The earlier lead workings in these photos are the small round shafts which would be pre-industrial revolution, I think. The smelt mill and the chimney and flue system would be later.

14th Jun 2007, 13:37

Jigalong says:

I really should read before I post. They do date back a long time:)

14th Jun 2007, 13:55

hey factotum i got a warm welcome from the uk. thanks for checking out my moblog!what are some of your intrests? as im sure cris told you, im a little rough around the edges. but i always love to meet people who have similar intrests. THANKS AGAIN

19th Jun 2007, 08:14