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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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Farine Five Roses

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The Farine Five Roses sign is visible from the Westmount lookout, with the Victoria Bridge across the Saint Lawrence River in the background.


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These photos are taken from the parking lot of the Westmount Bird Sanctuary, panning from the west to the east.
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The brooch that I commissioned from Ana has arrived!
I'll have to concoct an occasion on which to wear it :)

For other examples of Ana's work:

urban garden in winter

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Canal walk, February

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a walk along the Lachine Canal today, in the vicinity of the shot tower

Shot Tower, Montreal

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This tower was once used to produce lead shot. Molten lead was dripped from the top, forming little spheres as it fell into cold water at the base. I don't know much about this particular tower, but intend to find out.

Form and Function

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Roz's recent comments about the form and function of taps prompts me to post a photo of this remarkable object which I bought at the Salvation Army the other day. Although my first reaction was "What the hell is that!?", the poultry motif on the handle and the pouring spout helped me figure out that it is a utensil for roasting a chicken.
A bargain at $1.99?
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Saint Henri

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