This week, maybe the greenhouses?
But only if you didn’t go last week!
So… what did you get up to, last week?
No photos or stories to share about last week’s walk, so far. Anyone care to share anything? I was at an early family Christmas, in St. Catharines, and enjoyed the drive, the people, great food, and a fairly wild drive home in the dark. Highway driving at night: my least favourite. But it was an excellent day. With, alas, no walking
Did you get out for a wander, somewhere? I hope so!
I thought I’d include a little slide-show here of some past favourite walking photos. Were you on any of these walks? They were rather terrific, weren’t they? 🙂
West End YMCA Walking Club… they call us the Sidewalk Warriors!
What we plan to keep doing!
Our fearless leader, Tony, en route to the Islands
We manage to hike up all those stairs to Casa Loma.
what we had: LAZY SUNDAY!
the rest of Sanko’s new side mural – love the ribbon waterfall
Everywhere was something green, people walking dogs, and good conversations ensued. We had trouble leaving, so we detoured back and headed into another little park!
Gorgeous colours at the Brickworks
Discussing international neighbourhood interests, with Johnny Lombardi’s memorial sculpture
I find this every year, at the same stage. So unusual!
Walking the boardwalk
Stripes make you look more active! (Did my people consult with your people???)
One particularly lovely clump of sidewalk blooms – Stainless steel sidewalk flowers of Walk Here in Bloordale.
Father Nature? – rather amazing garage art on Croft Street.
moving along at a fast clip
Leaving Toronto for destinations north – Myrtha and Beat wave farewell.
We visit the Yarmouth elephant
We approach the last one: “Snow Cone”
Angel, the 15-year-old cockatoo
… so many waterlilies!
Tired, happy, after interesting afternoon.
through the wings…
Wonderful walking company… (photo by a rather shy Avi Lewis!)
Along the tracks, to the Spit
six of the seven pillars of wisdom? un-matching styles and un-matching capitals – terrific Queen’s Park detail (Richard Waite. 1893 – his only building in TO)
One of the city’s painted signal boxes (more on those, soon!), this one, obviously, outside L’Alliance Française
Another hunter/reindeer pair
Winter Stations: Aurora Borealis – alas. becoming even more tangled in the wind (still kind of pretty, but… sad.)
Thanks to Rafael Montoya, for this pic, which caught us walking with Sonia!
Happy walkers, with CN Tower looming overhead.
Welcome back, Myrtha and Beat! (On just the right bench, outside the CNE.)
Monument to the War of 1812 (2008 – Douglas Coupland) gold Royal Nfld Regiment prevailed over silver US soldier. I enjoy the casting lines on these huge fellows, making them look like the old toy soldiers they represent.
Delicious, spicy Mayan chocolate at Soma. Julie reaches for a cup, in anticipation!
A little sidewalk art, at Sick Kids’ Hospital. Hmmm, in hindsight, this looks like the work of What is Victor Up To?
beautiful blooming crabapple at Riverdale barn
We must return next year for the Guild Players’ theatrical presentation. (On hold for this year, due to construction.)
Okay, maybe not so original: Jan writes “Hello” too. What a team!
“The Pink Palace” – Queen’s Park, under a blue sky.
With game pieces, we create an interesting community. Where would you want to live??
At the southern edge of the park, another Glen Stewart sign. The name once applied to a larger area, but the southernmost part has been renamed Ivan Forrest Gardens, in honour of a former parks commissioner. Considered a feature of some appeal there, the water fountain seems to be under repair. (At least, we hope so.)
Skylar, Jan and Sharon view Phlegm’s huge new mural. Zoom in to see if you recognize some of the Toronto architectural details. Lovely.
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! 😉
Another lovely silhouetted mid-day lakeside photo of great walkers!
The tree we’ve been seeking! Palmerston Avenue at Herrick. Just perfect.
This is lovely! Julie, Skylar, Dana, and Elizabeth head into colourful High Park. All shades of green, yellow and red.
Near graffiti on an old bridge over the Don.
Sally, with a view of all the Love Letter pillars.
The Shared Path, some of which we followed along the river. Languages on all the signage: English, French, Seneca, Ojibway, Huron-Wendat.
Coxwell Laneway Mosaic Mural
Marion, Louise, some joggers, Anna, and Julie below Jaz mural from Queen Street.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016:
Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. If no one visited the Allan Gardens greenhouses last week, let’s go this week! Bring TTC fare. If all agree, that will be our destination. If you’ve already been for the Christmas flower display in the last few days, and would rather do something else, we can discuss it on Sunday. It really depends upon who joins us. I hope that sounds fair. The flowers are gorgeous, so we’ll enjoy, and then walk back to the Y.
Cool weekend weather is forecast, so the cozy greenhouses sound like a great choice. (Sorry we won’t have last week’s offering of hot cider, etc., but we’ll make up for that after our visit!)
COMING RIGHT UP:
NEXT WEEK, how about a little dim sum brunch? To make that work, we’ll leave later than usual – probably walking east from the Y at 10:00. Brunch at about 11:00. I’ll suggest Rol San, with its large tables and great menu-ordering. It’s a brief walk there, though we can wander more on the way back, if you like. I’ll keep you posted, after we discuss it in person, this week. I hope you can join us!
After that… yes, the following Sunday is Christmas day. I’m not going to try and get us together then! Probably a challenge for some. So, we’ll take one week off.
But on New Year’s Day? You bet we’ll walk! We have a frosty tradition of visiting the lake, so let’s see if the weather cooperates. Details, soon. And then: another year’s installation of Winter Stations is ahead. And maybe a visit to the snowflakes, in Brookfield Place. Your suggestions are always welcome.
Please feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. We’ll see you soon.
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