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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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This development on the site of a former glass factory will have more than 200 houses!

swamprose says:

oh dear. this is just down the hill from you, right?

we stopped a development here because there has to be adequate infrastructure built in...I don't suppose this sort of thing would stop it.

edit. top shot makes it all look quite lovely

11th Jun 2009, 03:25

shitake says:

Interesting set,and top shot is excellent!

11th Jun 2009, 05:01

Jane Doe says:

I thought the top one was lovely too. How sad : (

11th Jun 2009, 09:41

nige says:


11th Jun 2009, 10:44

Javama says:

I like the top one too. Houses not accessible to people in wheelchairs?

11th Jun 2009, 11:27

factotum says:

Hardly accessible to anything except cars, I'm afraid. It's at the bottom of a very steep hill (the falaise Saint Jacques) on one edge and the freight train tracks on the other. It's not even pedestrian friendly.
Yes, Swamprose, that's right at the bottom of what the neighbourhood calls "Devil's Hill", with the tiny one lane tunnel under the train tracks at the far corner. (That's another set of photos.)

11th Jun 2009, 12:10

Mycik(mycik-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

where from this name "devil Hill", what is bad in this place? We are interesting on this constraction

10th Aug 2009, 02:58

gorge says:

je trouve que le prix de ces maisons est tres chere raport a la qualité et raport a ce qui se fait ailleur

17th Nov 2009, 14:01