This week, back to the Don!
But first, about last week:

Sometimes, best laid plans… flop! I was annoyed by my planning, but I don’t think anyone else minded much.

We had a great walk and covered good distance. Sunshine, fresh breezes, garden bulbs popping into bloom, excellent conversation, Yorkville sights, a bit of change happening in the former Hazelton Lanes, and even a donkey! (More on that in a moment.)

Anyway, despite my attempt to confirm the exhibit we were to visit at the library (they said open daily, so I believed!), and my sense (common sense? ha!) that the Balzac’s branch there would also be open for coffee (a couple of us have been there on a Sunday morning before!)… doors were locked. Julie arrived first, at 10:00 as planned, and she called us, still a few blocks away, to report. It was a bit of a let-down. I’m sorry!

The library now opens at 1:30 on Sunday, and we didn’t want to wait. So we made up a new plan. Veronika had recently seen some lovely front yards just starting to bloom, on Elgin, so we went over to take a look. Just a couple of blocks away. And very nice.

On our way east, we had meandered and explored our own neighbourhood a bit, saw some of the lovely houses and interesting apartments of the Annex. And then… (I know you’ve wondered) that donkey.

Since it was Palm Sunday, we think the sweet little donkey might have been in a church pageant. It seemed to be well-treated, and was just getting settled back into its trailer, so my photo, from across the street, is a bit lame. I had to include it here anyway, as it’s rare to see a donkey in TO. Wish we’d been there a few minutes earlier. We would have gone over to have a chat. ūüėČ

Our walk home included a stop at beloved Annex fixture, Future Bakery, for a coffee break. We managed to avoid sampling all twelve flavours of cheesecake. It was a delightful morning, and a pleasure to walk with all of you, despite my scheduling issue. Thanks for maintaining your senses of humour. And thanks to Laurie for spotting the donkey! That made my day!

We all went our various ways, to afternoon activities. I went to Bulk Barn (hard to get out of there with just the raw cashews, have you noticed?). Then I walked down to College Street to meet family for lunch. Enjoyed the coach houses and murals of Croft Street. I took the nephews some tiny chocolate bunnies, even though they are much too old for that!

If you want to see Eyes on the Arctic, that photo exhibit is still at the Toronto Reference Library until April 30.

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

Sunday, April 16 2017

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’ll take TTC north and east, and then hike back south, along the Don River Valley. Join us to for this very outdoorsy walk to admire early spring in the northern wilds, right in the middle of the city. I grew up in that ravine (and often had lunches in, picnics at and bike rides to the place we’ll start: Edwards Gardens). Some of it is pretty and manicured, though we’ll be a bit early for much floral display. The rest of the Don valley, however, is untidy and interesting. We’ve walked some of the south Don River. That was an excellent morning. Now, let’s visit more of this lovely river valley.

Wear non-leaky foot gear. Wouldn’t want you to get a “soaker,” after all! Nothing special required, but it could be damp or muddy, so I suggest we all avoid optimistic sandals! It’s not quite summer yet.

You may want to bring a small morning snack and beverage. There are washrooms at Edwards Gardens, but the rest of the walk… perhaps not so many facilities.

If we end up at the Brickworks, we may take a little brunch break, there (and catch the free shuttle bus back to the subway). Or perhaps we’ll walk all the way to Bloor before we need recharging. Let’s see!

It’s going to be a mild day. Sounds perfect! Happy Easter and good Passover, to all who celebrate. And if you choose to wear a fancy bonnet on our Sunday walk, wonderful!


Whatever happened to that dim sum plan? The New Year has passed and we’re already enjoying an excellent Year of the Rooster. Who says we can’t have dim sum any time we want? We can work up an appetite first. To be discussed!
And how about some interesting mosaic lobby murals? I have a couple in mind. Will do my best to find out building times, so we don’t end up at any more locked doors!
Then, Jane’s Walk. We might plan more than one of those (including an interesting cemetery walk and talk, that same weekend). Then there’s the wonderful Doors Open Toronto. And cherry blossoms!! (Remember last year? Fun to wander and hope for blooms, but hopefully we’ll see far more of them, this time.)

Where else shall we go? Do tell!

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

Are you just finding WestWalking for the first time?!

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

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