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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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along the CN tracks in Saint Henri...
N.B. the shot tower in the top shot

Javama says:

Powerful pictures. It seems to me it would be a very intimidating landscape to be standing in alone. Everything looks strong and relentless. I bet you felt small and vulnerable standing there taking photos!

16th Mar 2009, 17:29

factotum says:

It's definitely an active train line! I must have seen half a dozen freight trains and the Via Rail passenger train going by on Sunday morning, all within the space of an hour.
Here's what the same foot path look like in the summer!:

16th Mar 2009, 18:12

Javama says:

The difference is astonishing! In summer it looks warm and friendly.

17th Mar 2009, 17:24

JokerXL says:

Looks extremely cold, was it? Is it still?

19th Mar 2009, 07:37

where is that

25th Oct 2009, 17:08

Factotum says:

In Montreal, near de Courcelle, south of rue Saint Jacques

25th Oct 2009, 18:18