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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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Alice in the top shot, Hazel in the bottom two.
Having trouble telling them apart?
29th Feb 2012, 03:48  

Viv says:

the eyes seem o look a little different - how do you tell them apart?

29th Feb 2012, 10:03

Factotum says:

Alice's face is rounder, and she's a little bit heavier. Hazel's is slightly taller, and her face is longer, which I think makes her eyes looker bigger. And they don't usually get dressed in identical outfits!

29th Feb 2012, 10:13

MaggieD says:

I love baby hands, and there is no way I could tell them apart :)

29th Feb 2012, 17:06

FilbertFox says:

Well initially I thought it was a trick question. Then I realised it was not a birthmark on Hazel's cheek but a smll blob of marmalade on the iPad screen.

3rd Mar 2012, 07:08

lilitiger says:

LOL! Good one Filbert!
Great protrait. They both look very serene, and I'm totally incapable of telling them apart. Double happiness?

17th Mar 2012, 07:01

Viv says:


17th Mar 2012, 11:43

Factotum says:

Double everything!

18th Mar 2012, 02:00

minushabens says:

may I dare? they are so similar to you! :)

22nd Mar 2012, 12:23

akash says:

Double blessings !!

23rd Jun 2012, 14:36