A little farewell to Ed

Back to the Beach!
But first, about last week:

We decided to see what the fuss was about. The Farewell to Honest Ed’s fuss, that is. And I think we missed the good part – the artists’ maze, inside the main part of the old, soon-to-go, bargain emporium. The reviews of that, and online/social media photographs show all sorts of light, colour, mystery, wit, and people having fun. Kind of nifty!

However… I decided against that, thinking we might not want to go to a timed, ticketed event. So we went for a pretty quick lookabout in the east end of the store (a Bad Boy furniture branch, of late) and saw the setup for the day’s community event there: the Good Byes and Good Buys “zero waste” marketplace. We arrived on opening, and found it pretty empty. There was a rather cool food court with interesting offerings (and crockery to rent, if you’d forgotten the suggestion that you bring your own). Plus, the books and cds accumulated during the week, for trading, a couple of interesting community organizations doing outreach, and one of Ed’s original sign-painters, doing signs on the spot, for both the event… and to buy! Rather charming. He said he’d planned to just visit briefly, but there was quite a demand for that “Honest Ed’s” tempera paint poster-look.

Our walk took different routes after that, as we split up to visit other markets (fresh fruit, Korean produce and more). We had all planned a short walk that morning, so it worked out rather well. Here’s a bit of what we saw:

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show. But these aren’t too fancy. I just realized that I hadn’t taken any time to edit the pictures at all, this time. So what you see… is what we saw!

THIS WEEK,

Saturday, March 4, 2017:

I hope you’ll join me for MEGAwalk!!! Just 10k. Just two hours. Can do! Let’s raise some funds and have some indoor walking fun. This Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on the track. See past posts for the pertinent details!

AND
Sunday, March 5, 2017
:

We will leave the West End Y at 9:00 a.m. We’re going back to the Beach! Kew Beach, that is.

Many of you have been on this walk before, to see the Winter Stations: designer and artist conceptions of what a lifeguard station might do (or provide) in winter. Some of the pieces work so well, or are just so fanciful, that we’ve always enjoyed it. And the weather adds more surprise, each time. This will be our third visit. Hope you can join us (even if just to discuss what we _reallllly_ think of these new pieces!).

We’ll have brunch near there, afterwards, and maybe walk a little until we catch transit back to our neck of the woods.

Sound good? Great! See you at 9. Bring transit fare.

COMING RIGHT UP:

Next week, Daylight Savings Time begins. So, shall we leave even earlier??

Just kidding.

Spring is coming! (I’ve heard rumours, anyway.) Hankering for flowers? We could head over to one of the beautiful conservatories. Then, later: up the Don Valley, down the Humber River, and, yes: a trip to the Bluffs. In nicer weather: an afternoon play at Guild Park. Another Island stroll and picnic. An out-of-town conservation area picnic, some early summer Sunday. And… your walking ideas! Any requests for repeat visits anywhere we’ve already enjoyed? Do tell.

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

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

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

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