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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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People are getting back to normal after another heavy snowfall on New Year's Day.
2nd Jan 2008, 19:58   | tags:,

Viv says:

Sometimes - think we'll never see proper snow again


2nd Jan 2008, 20:48

Spiderbaby says:

It looks so crunchy!

2nd Jan 2008, 21:03

minkey says:

And the quality of the light, slightly envious

2nd Jan 2008, 21:23

paintist says:

yes the light is so beautiful, and that muffled sound, I wonder if we will ever see snow like this again....

2nd Jan 2008, 21:44

OJ says:

Is that a jogger? Yay for joggers...

I hope your shovelling arm is holding up factotum.

2nd Jan 2008, 22:27

swamprose says:

aha! you got it after us. It is really cold now and the trees are all icy and like diamonds. I can't photograph it. Maybe you can.

snowball coming at you.

2nd Jan 2008, 23:57

Euphro says:

These are lovely!

2nd Jan 2008, 23:59

factotum says:

Viv, we were starting to think that, but lo and beyond, this year we definitely have snow! This snow is light and fluffy, so it's easy to shovel and still seems like fun. It's a real headache for drivers of course, and for everyone who has difficulties with walking, so I'm glad that there's no place that I have to be on time.

3rd Jan 2008, 00:19

hildegard says:

Is that greyhound wearing boots or is it just the shadows & my inability to locate my specs?

3rd Jan 2008, 10:58

MaggieD says:

Wonderful light, especially like that top shot (though the jogger does make me feel a little chilly)

3rd Jan 2008, 11:56

Geodyne says:

What a lot of snow!

I do agree, the light is wonderful. And the jogger is putting me to shame for feeling intrepid because I went for a lunchtime walk on a day that snow flurries were predicted...

3rd Jan 2008, 14:30

nige says:

:) love the jogger.

3rd Jan 2008, 22:00

540air says:

I wish we'd get some snow like that, it would be so much fun. Mind you the country would entirely grind to a halt :)

4th Jan 2008, 10:20