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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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Train embankment

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The train tracks leaving Central Station pass along an embankment near Wellington and Peel. The bike path along the Lachine Canal passes under this bridge.

Terry Fox Park

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This small park on rue Saint Jacques is where we ( a small group of people from the Green Coalition) started our hike
along the Falaise Saint Jacques. The car lot, adjacent to the park,
is what much of rue Saint Jacques looks like.
I posted a google map of where we went on this walk here:

Turcot Interchange

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The Turcot interchange seen from above, with rue Pullman running

Pullman and Carillon

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There's access to the trail from the Turcot Yards on rue Pullman, a bit west of the Carillon gates.

Along the Trail

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Dumping on the Falaise Saint Jacques.

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We photographed quite a lot of trash that has been thrown over the
top of the cliff ( garbage bags filled with roofing materials) and rubble pushed over with the snow during last winter's snow-dumping operations.
I was impressed that P McQ. was brave enough to open up one of these garbage bags to see what was inside!

Paved Bit and Wet Bit

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This is the remnants of a paved road running between Pullman and
Saint Jacques. It's very wet at the bottom, causing me to speculate
that this might be the run off from the Petite Saint Pierre river.

Edit: One of my knowledgeable companion tells me that "The water course remnant is probably a tributary of the St. Pierre R., not Little St. Pierre. R. which ultimately joined the former".

Snow Dumps, late May

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There is still plenty of snow in these piles at the western end of
the Turcot Yards...