Rainy day in paradise

To market, to market…
But first, about last week:

Our island walk (and enough baked goodies) for six turned into an excellent two-person wander to the docks. Where we were terribly late for our assigned meeting with a third person!!! We all ended up at Hanlan’s Point. But not at the same time! Sorry, Julie. We missed you. (Bad pun there!)

Once Skylar and I had wandered the west isle a bit, the rain began. And then Tony arrived, on his bike! Perfect! Just in time for lunch under the protective overhang of ArtScape’s Gibraltar Point studios. Special thanks to them for smiling at us… and letting us enjoy their very handy chairs.

The sun came back out, and we headed east, partly along the boardwalk, exploring things as we passed them. Lots of things we’d enjoyed before. All delightful. Early on, we spied a surprising flock of blue-jays! All day long, in rain and sun, the grass and trees were at their height of lovely bright green! First rain and then sparkling sun was on the waves. People and kids and dogs strolled (or bicycled). A guy was playing disc golf. (He had several frisbees going at once, to practice his aim, I guess. Not great at it, yet. But he kept practicing. We saw him twice, at least an hour apart. Still tossing away.)

Thanks for sharing the day. And those delicious cookies! And thanks to Julie, who must have wondered where on earth we were, but enjoyed some Island time, too… and then dashed back when the rain started. Probably a good idea! (But we had umbrellas, and so we decided we just didn’t mind!)

Thanks to all for another great walk! Have a look:

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show.

We’ve been to the Islands a number of times. Tony has very kindly guided us on several of those walks and regaled us with Island geography and lore. And fielded dozens of Island questions! Thanks, Tony, for every visit and walk with us. I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday. See you next time.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’ll take streetcar and subway down to Union Station and explore the St. Lawrence Market area, the Sunday morning antique market there, a very prominent mural nearby (maybe one of Toronto’s earliest), a beautiful church, a couple of lovely parks, and more. Please bear in mind that the market is not open on Sunday! This is a walking and looking-about event. We’ll head home by transit, depending on everyone’s schedule. We may avoid the originally forecast rain, though we do like a rainy walk! So, either way – a great morning ahead.

You’ll need:

  • TTC fares
  • Water, sunscreen, shades, hat, umbrella… whatever seems appropriate

We’ll be back at the Y (or wherever you need to go) by late morning or mid-day. Of course, you can leave when you need to, if you have great afternoon plans.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, on Monday.


Interesting fall walks ahead. Leaves will start to change colour soon. Fall really is the best season for walking!

Next week? We’ll head back downtown on foot, to see the compelling World Press Photo exhibition. As before, it’s in the soaring Brookfield Place atrium. The photos this year are beautiful, challenging, informative. Let’s go look. This will be our third visit. And it will not be boring!

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. See you soon.

You’re just finding WestWalking for the first time?!

Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you Sunday!

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2 thoughts on “Rainy day in paradise

  1. Good Morning Glory!

    Looks as though you had a great walk on the Island last week and this week looks great as well, however, I’m not able to go this Sunday nor next Sunday!

    Wishing you and yours a Very Happy Thanksgiving.

    Hugs Sharon

    • The same to you two. Just back from a great day-hike in Elora (stay tuned for pix). Looking forward to tomorrow’s walk and some great family time, sometime on the weekend. See you next time!

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