This week, back to the lake!
But first, about last week:
We took TTC west to St. Clair and Gunn’s Loop, across from the Stockyards (which are now, in case you don’t know it, a DIY home-building mall: Home Depot, Swiss Chalet and all). But we weren’t on course, yet. From there, we walked further west and then south, along the Runnymede border of the area now known as The Junction. No history lesson here but this was an area where four different rail lines once crossed (and some still do), so the name was reasonably earned.
We saw, we tasted, we admired. Then some of us convened for another chat, back in our own neck of the woods. At the least likely spot to stop: Coffee Time. Just because! Have a look at some of the things we saw:
artwork above transit stops on St. Clair West
heavenly flaky pastizzi at Malta Bake Shop on Dundas West
of course I had two!
sea-faring mural sign
Aha! I know you were wondering what Victor was up to now, right? Another alphabet, of course! This one, unsigned, but we found plenty of the letters! Lovely colour gradations.
church hall mosaic
great vintage sign and funky modern art in a storefront
U? Well, not me!
great train set-up in… a dentist’s office!
T! (We had some, later.)
Danish and cinnamon buns… we managed to escape the temptation!
But even after the window, the signage tried to drag us in!
Anna, Julie, Claire and Barbara.. and one of the delightful sidewalk signs we kept (literally) bumping into.
Claire has a lovely Toronto, A to Z book. J is for Junction, of course! (And, you will be pleased to hear: K is for Kensington and L is for Lake Ontario!)
M! (Or, in the case of our pastizzi tasting: Mmmmm!)
mural to remind us what The Junction was all about…
… and one of the train stations’ platforms, still used for markets, performances and more.
some lovely restorations on Dundas West
those archways! that ornamentation!
The Residence: former CIBC bank
G! (Gee, I dunno!)
We had fun exploring the decor and furniture in Cornerstone. Adore these pillows!
Julie’s theme of the day became rabbits – we must have seen a dozen rabbit items. (And it wasn’t even January 1!)
Star Trek… always a good theme for cushions!
We all liked these oversized metal letters.
So many cushions… so few couches to put them on!
another sidewalk quip!
more fun punning
nifty construction hoarding mural on Dundas, south of Dupont (artists: Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson). Anna is at the far right.
Julie and a sweet sparsely-Christmas-decorated tree.
There are various small, ground level murals near the RR pedestrian bridge from Dundas to Wallace. We visited before. The murals are now in the midst of a real construction flurry, so… looking a bit worse for wear.
at the bottom of the Dundas side steps up…
on the pedestrian bridge, looking south along RailPath
and looking north along RailPath
ah, the animal pillars!
love the bear, climbing ever higher!
We hop onto RailPath, watch a couple of UP trains speed past, and head south to Bloor…
One of the many Bloor and Dundas West area underpass murals – a delightful area to explore.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 9:00. We’re going to the lake, this time in the Harbourfront area, to see Ice Breakers! Now, that title could mean many things. In this case, it’s a winter installation of five interactive and very contrasting public sculptures, along the lake. C0-curated by the same people as Winter Stations! See if these artists’ concepts reflect accurately the actual icebreakers that once broke up Lake Ontario… or even just the idea of living beside a lake in winter. The design concept sketches look very interesting. We’ll turn south on Bathurst and see them all. Homeward route: your choice!
The forecast says 5 degrees, now. Keep an eye on that! If it’s going to be cooler, do wear lots of layers. It can be chilly in the lakeside breezes!
Coming right up:
Winter Stations is back again, at the end of February. I think we’ll head over there on February 26, but telling you now so you can remind friends, too. (Hello, Vicki and Ozzie!) Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with, this year. Well, I mean: eager to see it in person. The designs are rather amazing!
Before then, the Distillery District’s Light Fest? And a whole lot more! Plenty of places to ramble, ’round here. If you can join us, please do.
See you soon!
You’re just finding WestWalking for the first time?!
Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you in the morning!
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