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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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objects in the foreground, background in the distance

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11th May 2006, 04:32   | tags:comments (2)

More Montreal today

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Also on the Lachine Canal
11th May 2006, 04:25   | tags:,comments (2)

experimenting with focus

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Here's low depth of field, focusing on different parts of the same shot
11th May 2006, 04:13   comments (1)

Under a bridge

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...and 2 related photos taken under a bridge across the Lachine Canal
11th May 2006, 03:28   | tags:,comments (1)

Today in Montreal

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Not a photo I had any intention to take, so I like it for that.
11th May 2006, 03:14   | tags:,comments (0)

The only photos I took today

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A photo a day seems like a worthy ambition, but the only photos I took today
were of these grape hyacinths. They don't look as purple here as they
actually were.
10th May 2006, 03:33   comments (3)

budding tulips

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Swamprose brought tulip bulbs back from the Netherlands. They haven't
bloomed yet, but I've been enjoying the curling and twisty leaves and their
convoluted edges.
9th May 2006, 13:56   comments (1)

Reticulation!

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The last thing I finished was this necklace. I reticulated a strip of
silver, which means that I melted the surface of the metal with a torch to
texture it. You can push or pull the molten metal around with the pressure
of the flame, or lift it up in little spikes by suddenly removing the heat.
Then I cut the strip into small sections, picked a couple of favourites and
had them cast to make the individual links. The links were cast with both
the hole and the loop made. To put the necklace together, each loop had to
be sawed and bent open, put through the hole of the next link and soldered
closed again. Lots of soldering!
I gave this necklace to my daughter who's wearing it in the picture.