(Okay, so my titles aren’t always stellar!)
This Sunday, Dragon Boat! Pierogies!
But first, about last week:
The Kay Gardner Beltline Trail beckoned. If we walked it eastbound, we’d end up near the gigantic (eight storeys tall!), new cityscape mural by Phlegm, just west of Yonge and St. Clair. Smart.
I’ll keep the words to a minimum, here. It was a sunny day and we had a great morning. Just have a look at our excellent walk:
Sharon strides forth on Kay Gardner Beltline Trail
The silly photographer, with Denise, Barbara and Mary. Some of the trail is between different neighbourhoods, or behind them, or near industrial/commercial buildings. And there are old fruit trees, murals and more.
Murals on an old factory
Murals and tags on a factory and an abandoned container. That eye looks like Anser’s work.
Sure enough, many familiar Toronto mural artists show up. Some are signed. And some are just obvious. Here’s a Nick Sweetman offering.
And yes, to Anser. Three faces here. And something by Peru, too, it seems. More recognizable bits in there. The skully bit is repeated by the same artist on that Carmelite Daycare Centre wall.
Another view of that building, with more paint.
‘Tis the last rose of summer? Very nice to discover these still blooming.
Skylar picked us some “overhang apples.”
One of our bumpy apples. Well, I didn’t discover any worms. Good thing!
At one junction along the trail, someone has added colourful sidewalk details like a crosswalk…
… the other colour scheme…
… and the nearby signpost kiosk, painted to match!
Skylar and Sharon head into the forest (at the “dead-end” part of the trail, just west of Marlee).
Crabapples! Some spots did feel like they could be the remaining trees of former orchards. Who knows? The trail follows the route of a small former rail line. We did not see any remaining track, however (a bit to our disappointment!).
Denise and Mary among trees on a pasture-like section of the trail. Yes, some of the trail is followed by a hydro corridor. Such is the way of a city.
And then again, some of the trail is next to interesting city features, like this little roundabout, around a sweet circular parkette, full of green and trees and a great round central garden (visit the Nicol McNicol Parkette next time you’re in upper Forest Hill (above Eglinton, West of Eglinton West TTC station).
Skylar and Sharon – our pacesetters! After that dead end, we back-tracked, walked through a couple of treed neighbourhoods, crossed a bridge over the Allen Expressway, and got back on the trail.
Obligatory action shot. Sorry. Walking!
Jan and Sharon enjoy the shady section! Barbara and Skylar in the distance.
Sharon, Barbara, Skylar, Jan, Lori, Denise, Mary… all enjoyed Kay Gardner Beltline Park. Honorary mention to Heather, who joined us for a little walk to Lansdowne, where we caught our bus north, in the morning! 😉
Facing murals in the trail’s underpass depict modern use…
… and the earlier railroad use of this trail. Hmmm, I wonder if this trail had even earlier uses?
The trail continues further east, along the north edge of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and on. Next time! Barbara headed that way, on an errand, and we headed south to St. Clair to see this wonderful new mural by British artist, Phlegm. Eight storeys high, it is complex and wonderful. Do go visit! And check out this time-lapse video to be amazed by how this large work was created: http://torontolife.com/culture/art/street-artist-phlegm-created-sublime-eight-storey-mural/
Skylar, Jan and Sharon view Phlegm’s huge new mural. Zoom in to see if you recognize some of the Toronto architectural details. Lovely.
Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show.
Sunday, September 11, 2016:
We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00. Depending on race results, the order of this walk may change, but… we have two destinations. The Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Why? Well, for the fun, the music, the pierogies! Enough said! But really, we enjoyed it last year, and it’s fun to walk down the street. The idea is just to enjoy that stroll without taking too much time, and end up at our second destination, the lake, to watch walking friend, Donna, guide her dragon boaters (TEAM TRANSPLANT!) to another great result. The races are fun to watch, and enthusiasm is high. Sunday’s weather will be perfect for some lakeside fun. If Donna’s team is racing early, we may go right to the lake, and walk home via Roncy. Either works! And you’ll be free to amend the plan. Leave whenever you need to, or meet us there, or partway there… Just let me know. We’re walking, but you may want to bring transit fare. And you may want a budget for a snack (though that won’t be anything formal).
A NIFTY LITTLE OFFER… continues!
(But only if you read this far!)
As mentioned last time, we haven’t done much in the way of Walking Club swag. But this happens to be good timing! The Y will treat you to a YMCA gym bag… if you come along on at least one of our September walks. Only three Sundays left to get in on this offer! Some already have (and may pick up their bags from me, this week). This is a great way to tote workout duds to the Y, or to bring lunch, blanket and frisbee on one of our picnics. (Several are in the works!) Show up for a September Sunday walk. It’s a FIRST WALK, FIRST SERVED offer… while supplies last. Limit, one per walker!
COMING RIGHT UP:
Please save the Last Sunday in September for The SPIT hike! It’s a serious challenge, for several reasons, and good fun! Details as it gets closer. Soon: Humber, Don (the river, not the other Don!), the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood. Our annual Thanksgiving picnic on the Island. Great walks, just ahead.
See you soon!
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