These are the things we cherish

Pieces of family history, but also of the orchestra, are from Quebec, at the Élogia residence, in Montreal, in the apartment of Suzanne Rolland. Among them, an 1887 letter written by Louis-Joseph Papineau to his cousin who was arranging a party to celebrate the return of her honeymoon from her daughter Rosalie Loranger, Susan’s grandmother.

He writes: “We will talk about their admiration for New York, the best social creation in the New World. […] And their admiration for the luxurious Niagara, which would become a destination for pilgrimages more than Mecca and Banaris. »

When she was two and a half years old, Susan Rowland brought along very well what belonged to her family (she is the daughter of journalist, writer and politician Solange Chabot-Roland). But she also gave several pieces of furniture to her children and sold others. “People generally struggle to divorce [الأشياء] So much so that they take everything away. They often contain large pieces of furniture. This allows them to live in cramped conditions. I wanted to live in a well-ventilated place. »

Two storeys above, in Normandy Guimond and Claude Lamarie, represent a different era and a different country. Both are wonderful travelers. Especially Mr. Lamari who visited the Five Continents. The four and a half are decorated with travel souvenirs. But moving from house to apartment “requires a lot of choice,” Ms Jemond remarks.

One thing they will never part with is a rug purchased during their honeymoon at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, France. “We have been living together for a while. For 2000 we wanted to do something special, so we decided to get married! Mr Lamarie says. The tapestry tells a bit about Prince Arthur’s story with the Knights of the Round Table. There was a knight who loved Arthur’s wife. A medieval scene is now in the living room.

Margaret Hall led a full life. Housed in Quebec by CFCM-TV in the 1960s, MP political attaché to Marie Victorin in 1992, an entrepreneur, also married a soldier, who encouraged her to live in Germany. She was introduced to the scrapbook by her mother, who suggested she cut out her dreams, and over the years has continued to rehearse and capture the important moments in her life in albums, since her birth in 1939. Here, photos of family and friends, there, show tickets and newspaper clippings of events and the characters that characterize them. “There were also secrets hidden under the pictures,” she says. Those who inherit it are those who will be able to see. »

About sixty albums now fill his library and the rehearsal continues. “It is as if I am writing my autobiography. No matter what page I open, it’s alive. »

Her albums followed her through her twenties. “Each object has a special meaning. I just like what made me happy. ”

When she moved from a three-bedroom apartment to a two-and-a-half one last September, Eileen Francoeur also had to get rid of several pieces of furniture. Her memories are against the walls. Twenty years ago she collected masks. All travel gifts or gifts from loved ones. Many of them come from Mexico, others from China, South Africa, Peru or Cuba.

“I stopped buying it because I did not have enough space,” she says. Some were also given. I was about fifty. I did not count how much I had left. Her masks followed her through her last five movements. “These are my most precious possessions, because they are the memories of life. Traveling is one of my greatest pleasures. For me, everything else can be replaced, but it is not. »

For as long as she can remember, Gisele Beaulieu has always wanted a little sister. She will only have brothers, who come in a pack of four. In 1985, while searching for a canvas to decorate her new interior, she came across a painting by Montreal artist Liane Abreu entitled Little Sister.

She remembers telling the story in great detail: “I was speechless, did not know what to say and had a cold.” She was also excited when she saw the price far exceeding her budget. Weeks later, however, this canvas lived on weeks later and returned to the gallery where she found the painting in the anteroom. It was laid there by the light of a vernissage attended by Madame Beaulieu. Since then, the painting has never left her. “My little sister, who has never physically owned it, has been practicing it on canvas for about forty years. »

Michel Richard’s apartment is poorly furnished. The few things from his “old life” that followed were carefully selected, such as this Wassily armchair by architect and designer Marcel Breuer (which he keeps even though he is uncomfortable!), The console table and some artwork. “But nothing I love more than my bed,” he tells us.

A purchase he made in 1990 at Moubles Re-No. “It’s purely Italian: a lacquered pedestal, a slatted base that you rarely get at the time, a sloping leather headboard and two lacquered bedside cabinets, height – adjustable and swivel, built-in lamps, as he describes it. One thing is missing: it does not change the sheets on its own! »

He admits he bought it when he did not need it, but after 30 years there is no doubt to get rid of it. “When I moved here, I wanted a smaller apartment than the three-room apartment I had to go back to, but the bed just did not fit in a smaller space. »

The most expensive thing for Jacques Gaultier did not fit in his apartment. It was installed in a small room hidden in the back of his garage: the “workshop”. This is where he set the table and the chisels he uses to carve the wood. His grandfather made scissors and gave them to his father, who used them on his dairy farm.

“This is my house. You are fine!” He says, taking us to his cave, which he shares with a few neighbors who also brought their tools. Station Est accommodation management even bought them a table saw .

Without this space, this former police officer could not pursue at home the passion he has pursued since 1985. He even won provincial competitions. The sculptor never lacks inspiration. To see his apartment, the walls may be to display his works that will soon be lost!

Emilien Tremblay’s grandmother had clever fingers. Hakka, also made blankets for her six grandchildren. Mrs. Tremblay still had her quilt: a large white quilt, with green and red floral patterns, sewn by hand. “I will not give up on that. It’s in my trunk. I dare not take it out. I’ll have to use it sometime. But I know the value of the time she spent on it. »

Émilienne Tremblay also loves crafts. “I had a duplex. I was on my own for three years after my husband died. I had a piece just for my profession. It was like a store. I was getting my retirement back. I had to give up a lot of the things I cared about. »

Chantal Senor loves beautiful books. In her home, in which she lived for 61 years before moving into an apartment in Laval Residence iVVi in 2020, she had several.

“I have always been a compulsive buyer. I was buying kits. Many were given. Among the boxes he kept were made by Jacqueline Lelouch, former president of the “Le Cercle des 10 fermières” book club in which Ms Seigneur participated until 2017.

The ten women received one dinner every Wednesday to talk about literature. At the end of the year, their boss gave them a box containing a book as well as a film strip made of it. Fantastic link work. “I have 18 left. I gave my grandson two two years ago. Since then, I have not continued. She’s still so attached to them that she does not let them go.

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