Bells and brunch

This week, a rainy cemetery wander.

But first, about last week:

We finally arrived at the University of Toronto’s Soldiers’ Tower carillon in time to hear the bells being played. What a lovely Sunday morning sound. This may have been a rehearsal of pieces to be played at the Remembrance Day performance (on Friday). But it was lovely to hear, at any time.

We enjoyed a good walk, some good conversation, and some fun dumplings and other dim sum to share, at Rol San. A pretty great morning!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, November 05, 2017:

Meet at the Y at our usual time: 9:00.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCK BACK, the night before! We get a much-deserved extra hour of sleep!

We will take the streetcar east, over to Cabbagetown, and head into the Toronto Necropolis and St. James’ Cemetery. Lots of interesting Torontonians buried or memorialized there. This will be an interesting place to visit again, on what may be a grey day. Now… IF IT IS RAINING… I say we go anyway! But let’s discuss it when we meet. Bring an umbrella, dress in layers, the usual practical recommendations! We can enjoy a cup of something warm before heading home.

If the weather doesn’t lend itself to such explorations, let’s talk on Sunday! There’s always mall-walking!!!!! (or not!)

Coming right up:

Little India for a vegetarian dosa brunch. Montgomery’s Inn for afternoon tea. And lots of fall colour! Join us.

See you soon!

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World Press a mind-blower

This week, a walk downtown…

But first, about last week:

We have visited the World Press Photo competition winning pictures, in lovely Brookfield Place atrium, several times now. Each year, eyes are opened to something new and amazing. No exception this time, for sure. Some of the stories were tough – war, murder, our planet. Some were gentle – animal conservation, human kindness.

All were worth seeing. After walking around the hundred or so photos, I needed a rest, and time to think. Time to let it sink in. Some of the photos were stunning. Some, shocking. That’s quite a lot to ask, in 45 minutes of “just looking.”

I needed a little brunch before my afternoon opera date, so I headed past the runners completing their marathon distances, towards Yonge Street. Sally had joined me for the walk over, and for the very moving photos, but then she turned for home. My mission: sustenance. I succeeded nicely.

Rather good morning!

I try not to take photos of photos, as you know, but here are a few shots of the venue, people looking and thinking about the photos, and… you know… some very tasty nutrition!

Then, some of you have asked to see more of my trip to Sanibel Island, in Florida, with Jan, her sister, and a couple of very nice friends. I finally found all my photos! Here are a few more pix of our time in the sun. What a beautiful place!

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, October 29, 2017:

Meet at the Y at our usual time: 9:00.

We’ll walk downtown again, this time via U of T (if lucky, we may hear the carillon!). As usual, we’ll seek more murals, new and old architectural delights, and there will be some autumn leaves. And a little BRUNCH! Is anyone with me on the idea of dim sum? Or, if you have other brunch or breakfast ideas, we can talk! A couple more brunch or snack-related walks are coming up over the next month or so. We can find time for all of them!

Coming right up:

Great fall walks! Little India. St. James Crematorium. Montgomery’s Inn. And lots of fall colour! Do join us.

See you soon!

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Mural City

This week, photos to shake your world!

But first, about last week:

Figured we’d see a mural or two, and ended up seeing a few dozen! If you missed this walk, go over and have a look. I promise you won’t be disappointed – the lane to the west and south of the Tranzac Club is stunning.

Busy week – and many, many Florida photos to edit (had trouble transferring them to the computer… long story!), so I will share a few more of those next time.

For now, here are some wonderful mural photos. Prompted only by the plan to see the Sweetman pollinator wall and the Elicser mural. And, wow – what a morning!

I gave up on captions… but I’ll get around to that at some point. Have a look. And then, if you like, have a walk over there and visit them all in person. I bet there will be new murals to admire, by then.

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, October 22, 2017:


Meet at the Y at our usual 9:00.

We’ll walk downtown, maybe meeting a walker on two on the way, and end up at Brookfield Place. Once again, time to see the World Press Photo award winners. Bring an open mind. Every year, there’s at least one newsworthy picture in this exhibition that surprises.

Coming right up:

Great fall walks! A brunch in India Bazaar. A warm afternoon tea. And a lot more!

See you soon!

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Everything’s beachy!

This week, Annex murals.
But first, about last week:

I’m in Florida! And walking on the beach!

What have you been up to?

Here are a couple of lovely-weather photos from Sanibel Island:

And while I’m off the continent (just a little bit), Julie celebrated thanksgiving in Nova Scotia with a bit of fall fair fun:

Julie and the pumpkin-sailor!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, October 15, 2017
:

A LATE START! Meet at the Y at 10:00. 

Let’s walk to the Annex to see a couple of excellent new and new-ish murals. Easy. And quick. With beach stories! 🙂

COMING RIGHT UP:

The McMichael Collection, in Kleinburg. Bluffer’s Park. Afternoon tea at Montgomery’s Inn. St. James Cemetery. Don River, for autumn leaves. Some west-end neighbourhood walks, too. Happy fall!

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.

We’ll see you soon for another great walk.

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More pix next time!

This week, find a way!
But first, about last week:

We saw murals. Lots of them! Went to see Women Paint – an excellent illustrated lane off Lansdowne, north of Queen. I’ll fill in some captions, later  but for now… Some photos.

More after these, too, so keep scrolling…

 

Sorry, they’re in the wrong order! Will fix later. Tough on an iPad.

in the meantime, check out these lovely travel photos from  Ros, who has just returned  from an amazing trip to Tanzania:

 

Wonderful!

Also, Donna asked that I remind you all about the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. It takes place in a couple of weeks, and if you are looking for an organization to support, maybe you will consider Team Transplant. Check it out! Donna, if you’ll add the donation link here in the Comments, people can grab it there!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, October 08, 2017
:

I am away! More on that, later.

Of course, you’ll walk anyway, right? So, do let me know where you go.

I recommend the World Press Photo exhibit at Brookfield Place (181 Bay Street). We try to go every year, and always find it surprising and informative. If you don’t manage to get there this week, we will go next week!

COMING RIGHT UP:

The McMichael  Collection, Bluffer’s Park, Montgomery’s Inn, St. James Cemetery, the Don River. Some easy west-end neighbourhood walks, and a couple of east-end walks, too. Still lots of new murals and buildings and signal boxes to see.

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.

We’ll see you soon for another great walk.

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Our first NUP

This week, a short one!
But first, about last week:

Have you ever been to one of Canada’s National Urban Parks? Neither had we! Apparently, there is only one. And so, off we went!

Skylar and I set out on a Parkbus school bus, bright and early Sunday morning. Our trip half-way across the city and out into Markham was relaxed and uneventful. Our sunny morning exploring trails in meadow, wetlands, grassy areas and the gorgeous forest of the Bob Hunter Memorial Park in the Rouge National Urban Park was completely satisfying. Also: much too hot!! But we just decided that didn’t matter! Cool forest shade and the prospect of our delicious picnic helped.

The NUP (as they call it) is a huge unpretentious plot of land, just northeast of Toronto. But it felt like we were many miles from the city.

Check out the photos for some of what we saw:

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, October 01, 2017
:

A short Sunday walk! (cue the Hallelujah chorus!)

For those who’ve been away. Or busy. Or unable to venture out into the heat. And for those who’ve found the recent walks just a bit too long… here’s an idea: let’s go see some beautiful new neighbourhood murals on an early fall stroll.

Meet at 9:00. We’ll be a couple of hours. Or less, if you skip the coffee or tea! (Of course I recommend that you never skip the coffee or tea!)

It may be time for me to start reminding you of things like gloves, umbrellas, light layers! Check the forecast and see what you think. It looks like quite a contrast to last Sunday’s sweltering walk in the forest!

COMING RIGHT UP:

The McMichael Collection, Bluffer’s Park, Montgomery’s Inn, St. James Cemetery, the Don River. Some easy west-end neighbourhood walks, and a couple of east-end walks, too. We’ll also figure out where the changing foliage is most interesting. Next week, I’ll be away (walking!!), but I will certainly recommend something interesting for you to see, and somewhere nifty to walk!

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.

We’ll see you soon for another great Sunday morning.

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Warm Island Day

This week, out to the ROUGE!
But first, about last week:

Hello, Islands! We were six people arriving five different ways. Later, five Island visitors left on three different ferries and took five different TTC (or walking routes) home! We walked the day away on four different islands. Pretty good!

What a travel day. Weather was warm and humid. We enjoyed meeting Tony and seeing this year’s versions of beaches, trees, the maze, and more. We stopped at a shady spot in Franklin’s Garden, when we caught up with Nilla, and enjoyed our picnic lunches and treats. Then walked some more. Ending up on the boardwalk, as usual, we finally made it to Tony’s beautiful backyard for a refreshing cup of tea (and surprise home-made cookies!). Thanks, Tony, for being such great Island company, and a lovely host, too.

The Islands are looking beautiful right now, so if you haven’t had a chance to visit this summer, after all the flooding receded, and changes to the shoreline… go now. Check the revised fall ferry schedule and prepare for a lovely green retreat. We spent most of the day there. Enjoyed every minute!

Check out the photos for some of what we saw:

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THIS WEEK,
Sunday, September 24, 2017
:

A special trip! We will catch a ParkBus vehicle at 30 CARLTON STREET, just EAST OF YONGE, at 8:30 a.m.

Yep, that’s early!

We’re going to Rouge National Urban Park, the northern section. Intrigued? So am I!

If you’ll join us, you can meet us at the departure point (30 Carlton Street). Plan to arrive a few minutes before 8:30 departure, so they (and we) know you’re present.

OR, meet at the West End Y, very early! I’ll be at the Y and ready to leave promptly at 7:20 a.m. We will depart immediately, to catch our streetcar on Dundas. If you’re slightly late, no worries – but please text me and confer! We’ll decide how you can meet us as quickly as possible.

Please reserve your bus spot. Go HERE and do that, right now. 🙂 We don’t want to leave you behind, if you can join us!

– Choose Sunday, September 24 for both departure and return.

– Opt for 8:30 a.m. depart and 2:30 p.m. return.

– They will request a credit card/refundable $5.00 deposit. If you show up for your reserved seat, you do not pay. This is a special 150 Celebration summer/fall arrangement between ParkBus and Parks Canada. A nice treat.

We need TTC fare, to get over to Yonge Street (and back, later).

Bring usual summer necessities, as it may be quite hot. Since we will be in a field and forest area, I suggest long pants, shoes/boots and socks! Avoiding ticks and mosquitoes? Good plan! No sandals or bare ankles!

Bring a PICNIC LUNCH and a nice full WATER BOTTLE. We’ll have a stop, hopefully somewhere scenic, to enjoy a lunch break before we return. There is nowhere to buy or refill anything, so please don’t forget lunch and water!

Yes, there is a portable, seasonal washroom, in the parking lot. I checked with both ParkBus and Parks Canada and they responded immediately to reassure me of this. Ideal.

This will be a walk unlike any of our others. I hope you’ll join us!

COMING RIGHT UP:

The McMichael Collection, Bluffer’s Park, Montgomery’s Inn (How about that option for next week?), St. James Cemetery, the Don River. Some easy west-end neighbourhood walks, and a couple of east-end walks, too. Lots of new murals and buildings and signal boxes to see, even in our own neighbourhood! It’s been a busy summer

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. If they are joining us this week… make sure they get their ParkBus reservation, too!

We’ll see you soon for another great walk.

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