Saturday, February 9, 2013

SEPIA SATURDAY (148)

Me thinks Alan played a cruel game with me when he selected the prompt picture 
for this week's Sepia Saturday... 
I don't think he's an insensitive man, 
but perhaps a tad forgetful of the reality on this side of the Atlantic. 
It may be a side effect of that meeting with Tony and some other folks
As we get older, 
we just don't bounce back as easily as we used to... 
I should know!!! 
But it is snowing here right now [yet again
and we've had to suffer very cold weather, 
day after day, 
so you can imagine my [lack of] enthusiasm...


St James Street, Montreal.
R.A. Sproule, Painting, 1830. 

Some people have a poetic notion of what Winter is 
and those are the same people who never had to live in it. 
After over half a century now of me enduring Canadian Winters, 
let me tell you: 
THIS IS SHEER HELL!!! 


Notre-Dame Street, Montreal, 1887. 

The well-to-do never shovel that shi...snow, 
while the less fortunate ones have to cope with one snowstorm after another. 
My means may be modest 
but I am happy to report that I never had to deal with this crap, 
making sure there'd always be other people to handle this for me. 
I don't shovel snow and I don't do windows!!!


Mrs Sanderman, Montreal, 1911. 

I always believed that I was meant for more, 
to live a life of comfort. 
I wouldn't wish to be famous, 
preferring my privacy, 
but comfort? 
Everyone craves that!! 
I know beauty when I see it 
and I've tasted it, 
and that is what I like to surround myself with. 
It DOES NOT include snow!!!


Mount-Royal Park, Montreal, early 20th century. 

Some rich people will find snow amusing, 
enjoying various sports involving snow or ice, 
but I don't!! 
I avoid touching any of it as much as possible. 
I would prefer hibernation, 
if this was at all possible...


Tobogganing, Montreal, 1870. 


Toboggan Race, Montreal, 1891. 

Winter activities can be quite democratic 
as people from all venues can enjoy them, 
should they feel so inclined...


Aislin, Cartoon, Montreal, 1989. 

This above somewhat reflects my current state of mind... 
minus the gun, 
obviously!!! 
We've recently crossed the mid mark of Winter, 
halfway to Springtime!! 
But we're far from being done with Winter... 
It just keeps on coming!! 


Shovel, Montreal, 19th century. 

So for those who find this stuff poetic, 
pick up that shovel and knock yourselves out!! 
Come tell me afterward 
just how much you like Winter now...


I now return you to 
where other contributors will certainly try to sell you on the idea that Winter is fun
or if you're lucky, 
perhaps some will have found other topics 
that will be more heart warming and less bone chilling... 
I need to get ready for work, 
putting on sweaters and scarf, 
hoodie and shearling coat and boots over my thick woolen socks 
to survive the day outside. 
I will walk under the sparkly falling snow, 
the Arctic wind cutting off my breath short 
and making my nose running... 
Who ever said Winter was poetic?!? 
NOT ME!!! 
:/~ 


Sepians can also join our Facebook group
where, 
(I am appalled myself about this turn of event...
it turns out I've been named as a moderator of said group. 
Better behave, folks!!! 
:D~ 
HUGZ 

P.S.: 
All material in this post is courtesy of 
the Archives of the McCord Museum, Montreal, 
keeper of all things Canadiana
You may find stuff in there you'll find "poetic"...
:)~

46 comments:

  1. I think that snow covers up the sh** of everyday dreariness - you seem to be saying that it is the sh**.

    I spite of the snow you've found some wonderful images.

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    1. Well, for the sake of this post, it is fortunate that others don't feel like I do
      and captured these images. It's not all bad and I make it sound worse than it can [sometimes] be.
      There are some really dreadful days to go through, but in general, we just take it in pace
      and go on with our lives here. What's a "little" snow? Ain't gonna stop us now!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  2. Do I correctly understand that you don't like snow? :)
    I Like the drawing of the greyhound on the front of the bus. It looks somewhat exhausted. Great cartoon! I guess that's you with the gun.

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    1. Aislin is like an institution in our country.
      I could never hold a gun
      since I oppose personal possession of fire arms.
      But it does reflect my state of mind regarding Winter.
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  3. This is awesome, Bruno. Loved all your choices, and the one with the horses knee deep in snow and crap was quite impressive. If I were walking back and forth to work, I don't think that I would enjoy the snow either. Hope you fare well during this latest mega-storm! Thanks for stepping up to help with the FB page.

    Kathy M.

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    1. The city for a change intervened quickly and it seems to be bearable outside
      to get around and such.
      As for our Fb group, have you noted the highlight on the "sepians",
      insisting that only such people should join?...
      I got dragged in because of my big mouth.
      That'll teach me!!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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    2. You seem to be enjoying the new role though. Is it because you have such a delightful co-admin (temp)?

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    3. I do things with commitment, or I don't bother at all.
      Since I've accepted, I consider it my duty to make sure things run smoothly.
      And the company ain't bad either...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  4. Some Cracking Photos this week Monsieur Mod!Yes.....I never thought about it before,but Posh People dont "do" snow too good,do they? Workers Of The World Unite! You have nothing to lose but your shovels + frostbite!

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    1. If there was a catastrophe and we were all thrown out on the streets,
      who would make it through? Those used to a little hardship, those who know how to get by,
      not those used having everything done for them.
      I am doomed!!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  5. 50F sunny degrees in Atlanta today. We may still get a "snow storm" in March but I doubt it. It's not the snow I dislike, it's the ice.

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    1. For me, I dislike both as they cause unsure footing which causes me great pain in my lower back,
      making it difficult to walk around the city. I need a hard surface to walk reasonably well.
      But hey, in two months, it should be a thing of the past, I presume...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  6. It's hard to tell which is more to dislike -- city streets when the snow is dirty and breaking up --- or country roads that the white stuff dissolved into a brown muck.-The good news is that the trees are starting to show a bit of color -- spring is on the way.

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    1. Oh, it'll be a long time coming here to see trees in full bloom.
      I'm just happy that, as each day that goes by, we are indeed getting closer to Springtime,
      eventually...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  7. This was a great post with lots of amazing photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. The McCord has a huge collection that I find fascinating.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  8. For your sake, I hope Spring is early this year. Great photos. Every week, you make me want to re-visit Montreal.
    Thanks for being so frank!

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    1. When Spring comes, I will not be the only one rejoicing, I know that as a fact!!
      As for Montreal, from my point of view, there is much going on as it slowly transforms.
      Much construction is under way, but much repairs also as it is most needed
      in regards to certain of our infrastructures. Still, there is always much to see/do,
      whatever your interests are.
      As for being frank, it does say so on my profile that "I am honest to a fault".
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  9. Winter in Montreal looks so attractive. And the people in most of the pictures seem to be enjoying it.

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    1. You've obviously not seen my avatar on Facebook,
      with the snow gluing itself to my goatee and eyebrows,
      sticking to my eyeglasses...
      not a happy camper!!
      :D~
      HUGZ

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  10. I can really relate to the man and wishing (demanding) spring!!!! Ha! Ha! I think my fave photo is Mrs. Sanderman and pups? (although they're all really snowy awesome!) If I saw a bus pull up with Somewhere or Other, I'd hop on!!

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    1. Oh Karen, before you jump in, I'd ask the driver if that "somewhere" is south, or north,
      as you might end up worse for it...
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  11. I have a friend who lives in Queensland and hates the heat and now here is a Canadian from Montreal who hates the snow! Perhaps you should swap!

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    1. I don't like the heat either.
      Don't like extremes.
      My faves are Spring and Fall,
      where you can dress and be comfortable
      without sweating too much.
      I have air conditioning at work and at home
      to deal with those heatwaves in the Summer.
      I'll just stay where I am.
      It's home!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  12. Well, you've succeeded in coveying the message ... both of your dislike of snow, and the mess that it leaves in the streets. Good images. Hope it clears soon ... magically.

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    1. Good!! This last snowfall [Friday's], the city and its contractors were more pro-active
      and dealt with it more quickly, making it more livable here. I don't believe in magic,
      but I trust Mother Nature will do her job and change the menu in a while...
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  13. Some great photos. I particularly liked the p[icture of the horses struggling in the street scene - no horse-drawn snow ploughs or gritters? You certainly portrayed a picture of what snow in Canada can be like. And here in Britain we complain over a few inches.

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    1. Try getting 40cm in a single day. That'll kill any poetic notion you may have about Winter,
      and that's what we had just before New Year, among other snowfalls....
      :/~
      HUGZ

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  14. "I don't think he's an insensitive man" ... wrong again my friend. I thought a snowy theme would be quite pleasant as we drifted into Spring whilst on your side of the pond things remained snowy. Alas things didn't go according to plan as it has been snowing over here most of the day. The result is that I am both insensitive ... and cold. (And thanks to you and Marilyn for all the work you are doing for the FB group)

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    1. Well, I'm pretty sure you'll find some way to keep warm and cozy.
      That snow can't last, can it?!?
      As for the Fb group, I like to keep things rolling, not pending,
      so I'll provoke/probe/search/ask/etc until I get a satisfactory answer.
      I can be very stubborn that way.
      Not one of my nicer traits, but a useful one, at times...
      And Marilyn is a peach. It will balance out my rough edges!!
      But I still look forward to Kat's return.
      It's all good right now because I have a few days off,
      but when I'll go back to work, I won't be able to keep so close a watch on things.
      I keep my cellphone off when working. Can't be distracted by such things.
      I'll do my best in the meantime.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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    2. Once again you've found some wonderful pictures for us and you have my complete sympathy with regard to snow. As a child I loved it, but as I got older I came to dread it. It made getting to work a nightmare for one thing. Now I don't have to worry about ether the cold or the work, so, as I'm such a peach (Ha! How little you know me) I'll keep an eye on things on FB until Kat makes a very welcome return.

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    3. Yea, right, Marilyn, you are SUCH a TERROR!!!
      You are well positioned for the European crowd timewise,
      and me for the Americano-Canadian crowd.
      As for Australia/New-Zealand, my insomnia can come in handy
      should any request come from there.

      As for the snow, not much I can do about it but bear with it.
      Unless I should move into YOUR neighborhood...
      Just to see how sweet a peach you can be!!!
      ;)~
      HUGZ

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  15. I prefer the spring and fall - at least as I remember them from my childhood in the Midwest. Now I live where it is summer the greatest part of the yer. Winters are mild, but summer can be brutal if you work outside. Lots of great images here!

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    1. Mid seasons are the best, indeed!!
      I am counting the days!! Well, weeks... Alright, MONTHS!!!
      :/~
      HUGZ

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  16. A truly great collection of photos, Bruno. I'm with all the way with snow - I just love it when it's gone!

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    1. Hopefully, that day will come [soon]!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  17. a chilling collection of winter-time photos, and your words have a sense of poetry to them as well.

    I am no fan of ice and snow, now that I am past the age where it meant no school. I am grateful to be a bit further south than you in the American Midwest, though we get our share.

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    1. Ah John!! Those were the good ol'days when we'd hear on TV or the radio the name of our school being closed due to a snowstorm... I still smile when I hear those announcements, even if they are no longer my concern. Rain or shine, gotta go to work now!! Well, not this week though!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  18. Who else could write such an honest no-nonsense post on the reality of SNOW? Certainly not one of us Southerners where snow is only a minor inconvenience. The best part was the shovel. I'm inspired to make one!

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    1. Well if you ever make one, I hope you'll share a pic on our facebook group page.
      As for my post, honesty is my middle name. No BS here!!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  19. My sentiments EXACTLY! We Okies don't care much for snow. That's one of the reasons we're Okies!

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    1. So, Okies are not OK with snow!!
      Got that!!
      If I ever relocate, I'll be an Okie!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  20. Those 1870 photos of people tobogganing make it look so easy and casual and relaxing and fun. But I think it is really treacherous. I'm with you -- give me a life of comfort!

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    1. Yup!! That's the only way to go, in my opinion!!
      :)~
      HUGZ

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  21. May I propose a solution: head over to Southeast Asia. We're boiling here. I mean we got sunshine all year.

    "Sparkly falling snow?" You made it sound poetic! :D

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    1. Ahem...
      The poesy is only an illusion,
      don't be fooled by it!!
      I wouldn't want to be boiling either,
      but a reasonable amount of heat and a bit of sunshine wouldn't hurt right now.
      :)~
      HUGZ

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