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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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First Day of Spring

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I went for a walk along the river to celebrate the first official day of spring. It was just beginning to snow.
This was part of an outing organized by Patrick Asch from La Trame Verte.
21st Mar 2010, 21:00   | tags:,,

Caine says:

Beautiful shots! Snow? Oh no. Barely beginning to achieve mud here, I do not want to see more snow.

21st Mar 2010, 23:16

Factotum says:

We've been enjoying a very early spring, but I know it could turn on a dime back to winter....

21st Mar 2010, 23:33

Caine says:

I hope it doesn't. It's been winter long enough.

22nd Mar 2010, 01:10

Viv says:

gone grey wet and windy here been a good year until now!
reaches for SAD lamp!

22nd Mar 2010, 12:55

swamprose says:

snowed here too, and colder. It just seems so cruel after such an extravagantly warm few weeks.

22nd Mar 2010, 14:33

Caine says:

It's gone cold again here too. :(

22nd Mar 2010, 20:45

Jig along says:

These pictures do convey chilling and peaceful so well.

Personally, I cant wait for winter to arrive here, with the day time temps dropping to 27c :)

2nd Apr 2010, 02:27