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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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Steve says:

You beauty!

20th Nov 2007, 01:45

factotum says:

Thank you, Steve. Isn't it great that the low angle of a winter morning's sun can do something like this?

20th Nov 2007, 03:46

Sprocket says:

ooh. rainbow street

20th Nov 2007, 05:53

Steve says:

I love the winter for many reasons but that is one of them

20th Nov 2007, 08:05

nige says:

well seen facto! i'd have been tempted to just sit on the pavement and watch the world walk through it.

20th Nov 2007, 08:50


20th Nov 2007, 09:03

mara says:

a never ending rainbow

20th Nov 2007, 09:08

540air says:

That's lovely :)

20th Nov 2007, 10:18

hildegard says:


20th Nov 2007, 10:27

OJ says:

Wow. It is amazing, yes.

20th Nov 2007, 11:26

Jane Doe says:


20th Nov 2007, 11:50

swamprose says:

you beauty, bien sure. you walking to the studio now? it looks cold.

20th Nov 2007, 11:57

crickson says:

It's made of rainbows! Brilliant : )

20th Nov 2007, 14:25

Dhamaka says:

wow these are lovely

20th Nov 2007, 20:39

MaggieD says:

I am going to add another wow, lovely shots :)

20th Nov 2007, 20:41

Essitam says:


20th Nov 2007, 21:18

Viv says:


21st Nov 2007, 01:28

jc1000000 says:

Love it

22nd Nov 2007, 11:03