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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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29th Jan 2008, 01:24  

swamprose says:

hanging out in the greenhouse again? I understand.

baleful is indeed the look. it is hard carrying the world on your back.

29th Jan 2008, 02:30

Jig along says:

That was good of the turtle to perch himself on that brick. Nice colours.

29th Jan 2008, 09:10

Dhamaka says:

quite a handsome creature, this one

29th Jan 2008, 09:11

nige says:

how ornate!

29th Jan 2008, 09:11

how did he get up there ?

how will he get down?

silly turtle!

he is lovely tho, great pics. :)

29th Jan 2008, 09:29

Jane Doe says:

I love those guys, such disdain!
And now I have Dr Seuss' Yertle the Turtle going around my brain...

29th Jan 2008, 09:59

minkey says:

Getting ready for a swimming lesson? or maybe sunbathing, but yes might be interesting on how to get down

29th Jan 2008, 12:17

OJ says:

Wow, he/she is great. I especially love the second shot - and I had no idea turtles came with a go-faster red stripe.

29th Jan 2008, 13:30

Caine says:

Incredible, fabulous shots! Love these, especially the 2nd one.

29th Jan 2008, 18:20

MaggieD says:

These are great shots ..... just love that expression of pure disdain ....

29th Jan 2008, 22:13

factotum says:

I didn't see the turtle climb up, but it had no trouble pushing itself off when it tired of my company. (BTW, you can see the head of a second turtle poking out of the water just above the first one.)

29th Jan 2008, 22:52

FilbertFox says:

did the little creature use a step ladder. A mighty handsome creature

30th Jan 2008, 21:15

Rick says:

Wonderful pics. Turtles must be more agile than they look!

31st Jan 2008, 08:13

Viv says:

he is lovely

12th Mar 2008, 23:01