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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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A couple of lovely days-- and many many photos of wrought iron fences in the snow...
19th Feb 2011, 00:32  

Dhamaka says:

a lovely series and three images that I think are fantastic (#2, #4 and the last)

19th Feb 2011, 10:23

difficult to pick a favourite to be honest but I especially like the last one.

19th Feb 2011, 13:39

swamprose says:

we had the big melt too! twice! back to snowing...but it's's really coming.

19th Feb 2011, 14:12

Viv says:

fabulous set

I like the contrast of the red wall but love the last one too x

19th Feb 2011, 15:31

Factotum says:

It's been a long dark winter, so it's wonderful to have sun and colour!
As Swamprose says it's now back to winter, but we KNOW that spring is coming.

19th Feb 2011, 20:31

Viv says:

yes we are glimpsing better times but back to grey at the moment

20th Feb 2011, 00:56

Factotum says:

Looking forward to a bit of green!

20th Feb 2011, 02:04

Viv says:

OH we have green! :)
It's sun we need, brightness rather than grey.

20th Feb 2011, 08:02

taniwha says:

The last one - shadows with a tangle of branches and railings

21st Feb 2011, 13:41

MaggieD says:

As I recall, you have a penchant for the dry stone walls of England. Having lingered over over this set of pics, I have developed a similar penchant for the wrought iron fences of Canada:)
Due to the slugglishness of Moblog, I have found myself lingering longer than usual on this page, which has given me time to read your sidebar at leisure. I especially like your Iris Murdoch quote from The Nice and the Good ......

28th Feb 2011, 21:03