Art-stroll

Up the Green Line…
But first, about last week: 

Anna had suggested we visit the West End Art Collective’s Art Tour – so we chose some of the studios, shops, offices and restaurants in The Junction that were hosting a number of local artists. We enjoyed seeing the work and meeting the painters (as it turned out, we did see mostly painters). Some of the displays were particularly wonderful, and the weather cooperated completely (probably because we were all carrying umbrellas!).

I didn’t take any photos of art works – just didn’t seem right – but have a look at the website, if you like, to see a few works by each painter. Definitely a great Sunday morning thing to do. We enjoyed seeing the works of, and some brief visits with, Marilyn Scott, Tosh Jeffrey, Bernadette Hunt, Christine Jermyn, Eleanor Lowden, Elizabeth Crammond, Claire Lyons, Cid Palacio, and Phyllis McKeown. Thanks to all of them for their hospitality. At the end of our looking about, we purchased some treats to take home (maybe slightly too sweet treats???) and then walked a bit further to enjoy another little snack at Malta Bake Shop – always good for a smile.

Our route there took us north along the RailPath and then west along Dundas. Various methods were used to return home! Thanks to everyone for sharing a really good morning!

 

This week, Sunday June 11, 2017

A simple walk, up the Green Line Park, from Ossington over to Earlscourt Park. If it’s a wonderful day, we may walk back the same way, and explore the future, eastern part of the park, which it is hoped will eventually range over to Spadina.

Coming right up:

Wonderful summer walks ahead! If you haven’t joined us in a while, we hope you’ll be back soon. If you’re travelling, we’ll see you when you return.

I’m keeping this report brief so I can send it out… now! Great future walking ideas always welcome!

See you soon!

 

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Walk… or just talk!

Doors Open Toronto is back!
But first, about last week: 

A nice group strolled the short distance to St. Anne’s Church, expecting to meet more fellow walkers, and artist Mike Ormsby, for a larger walk-about to the area’s Indigenous historical landmarks. But Sunday’s rainstorms loomed and Mike wisely decided to keep the discussion indoors. I couldn’t stay for that, but I’m glad that a bunch of you did. I hear that he demonstrated canoe-building techniques, showed slides, and spoke of some area history. Hopefully he will be able to offer the walk another time. We’ll watch for it.

No event photos this time, but here’s a cheery spring picture of my trek back home:

Billions of maple keys in Fred Hamilton Park

This week, Sunday, May 28, 2017:

ANOTHER LATER START!

Doors Open Toronto has arrived. I hope you’ll visit the website and choose several things to do on Saturday. And maybe an extra event or walk or building to visit on Sunday, too. Here are the things I suggest we try . . . but we can revise this plan, or divide and conquer, as necessary! Three ideas here. You can come along for all of it, or just the start. (And we may change plans!)

1. We’ve visited from the outside, so I suggest we first walk to the new Daniels Architecture Building at One Spadina. This new U of T building, combining an historical edifice of some beauty with a splashy contemporary north-side entry pavilion, has been under construction and renovation for a couple of years. The outside looks wonderful. We’ve walked around it and tried to peer through the hoardings! Let’s go and be among the first to see what’s inside, and this first public opportunity to do so. It’s not quite finished, but… al the more intriguing! Admittance starts at 10:00, so WE WILL MEET AT 9:30, this week!

2. Next, we will aim to be at Native Child and Family Services by noon, or by 1:00 (if we’re having too much fun at the Daniels Building!). Hourly tours there will include discussion of the building, and share the sacred fire pit, the healing lodge and medicinal garden, and also seeing the creation of a new rooftop mural.

3. If everyone still feels keen and energetic, we’ll head further east. Bring TTC fare. And maybe your lawyer’s phone number! Yes, we’re going to jail. The old Don Jail, that is. Now an administrative building, part of Bridgepoint Health Services, the building has been completely renovated for its new function. There’s an outdoor sculpture garden that may also appeal. Then, we’ll walk along Riverside Park East to see one of the most beautiful views of the Toronto skyline. We can subway home from there. Or you may have other Doors Open plans. If so, great!

This will all take a bit of time, so you can expect brunch or a tasty coffee/snack, somewhere en route. It’s going to be a great day!

Coming right up:

Happy travels to all the wandering walkers – some friends have set off for other horizons. Temporarily! I hope you’re fitting in a walk or two, too. Share photos of your hikes, if you like. Do bring back some stories to share.

Next week? Anna has suggested a studio tour that sounds terrific. I’m just considering which studios will be really appealing (as well as make a good walk for us!). Stay tuned. This will be interesting!

More great stuff,  just ahead.

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Party of Five

Of course this week is a holiday!
But first, about last week: 

We had a terrific walk to a big table full of tasty dim sum! It was a slightly icy day, but we enjoyed the sunshine and didn’t let slippery sidewalks get us down (or knock us down!).

Our early brunch was tasty, and the walk provided a few interesting sights, when we felt comfortable enough to raise our eyes from the sidewalk ahead. Bonus: it was very nice company for a cool bright day. Thanks to all who trusted me about turnip pancakes (my favourite) and for sharing the delicious stuffed tofu skin (Anna’s suggestion – delicious!). We’ll definitely do that again!

Here are some quick pix of our meal and a few things we noticed along the way:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We won’t walk together, this Sunday.

If you celebrate Christmas eve, Channukah, Christmas, the just-past Solstice, or something else special to you this week, I wish you the very best. I’m taking December 25th off for some family time!

My own festive December began with a great family party out of town, on December 4… and seems to continue apace. Three more events this weekend. (Or is it more?) I admit that it’s a bit too much. After all this fun, a nice long walk will seem like a vacation!

So happy celebrations to all of you, and I’ll be in touch again in a few days to remind you about:

Coming right up:

Our annual New Year’s walk to the lake! We’ve done this a couple of times before, and this year, the date really cooperates. THAT’S NEXT WEEK (Sunday, 01 January 2017!). Plenty of time to catch up then.

For now, I wish you a festive end to this year. And a wonderful start to the new year ahead.

Happy travels to all the wandering walkers. I hope you’re fitting in a walk or two, too! Bring back some stories to share.

See you soon!

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Another Happy Anniversary!

WestWalking turns 3!
LET’S CELEBRATE!

But first, about last week

I had a terrific weekend, hiking with family, friends, and a family pup, too. Along Georgian Bay, through a wetlands area, around an interesting arboretum, and then up and down the hills of a ski-club. Those hills were just a little challenging. (Surprise! As with skiing, downhill was much more fun!)

The weather was hot, sunny and bright and the company, superb. On Saturday, a morning farmer’s market and an afternoon artists’ fair both caught our attention. In between, walks to a museum, an old shipping terminal, an arboretum, a cool labyrinth, some interesting relics of industry: all enjoyed on our all-day shore walk-about. We found dozens of different views of Georgian Bay, watched kayakers on the water, shared a favourite treat purchased at the market. Later, we walked out to a delicious local dinner and had a starlit walk afterwards, too.

The Sunday ski-area hike had us working hard for the terrific scenic view destination. We figured we’d walked even further than the previous day through those forested hills. Ha! Not a chance! (Exactly half. Drat!) Still, it was good to discover what real hills feel like. In the summer. The hot, humid summer! What an excellent walking weekend. For me, the perfect conclusion was a short Monday walk ending with cooling the feet in Georgian Bay.

Cooling my jets in Georgian Bay. C'mon in - the water's fine!

Cooling my jets in Georgian Bay.
C’mon in – the water’s fine!

So, where did you walk?

Elizabeth reports that she enjoyed the suggested walk to St. George the Martyr Church. She walked around the gardens (where she used to eat lunch, on work breaks), the old tower, and also found a nifty mural to share. Have a look at her lovely photographs:

THIS WEEKEND
Sunday, August 07, 2016
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We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00. We’re walking downtown via some very interesting new murals, right in our own neighbourhood. You may have seen one or two of them, without realizing they were part of a series. Or that several more lurk in nearby lanes. In the fall, I hope we’ll visit the two other locations to see other murals painted for this project: A Love Letter to the Great Lakes. I’m eager to see them all.

After working up a sweat on this week’s mural hunt, let’s walk a bit further, just to stretch the legs! We’ll wrap up on a nifty downtown patio, with an iced coffee or tea.

Coming right up:

It’s still too hot for our planned day at the Leslie Spit. So, next week what about a streetcar ride east for a cool, green walk in and around the Glen Stewart Ravine and the Ivan Forrest Gardens? They cut through a Beach neighbourhood, with both rough and manicured areas. Trees, hills, little Ames creek, pretty cottages and homes with gardens. Good place for exploring on a Sunday morning!

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One more week!

This weekend, I’ll be hiking on the shores of Georgian Bay.
I have a similar suggestion for you…

But first, about last week:

I had a most interesting, satisfying and happy trip to Montreal, and then went to Halifax and parts of rural and seashore Nova Scotia for a road trip with two dear friends. We visited parts of the country that I find particularly beautiful. I hope you walked somewhere beautiful, too, and enjoyed some of the summer heat and greenery. After all, we’ll be complaining about cold weather soon enough. So, get out for a walk and soak up some of this heat!

I gather that a few of you enjoyed some neighbourhood walking while I was away. So great to hear that!

My holiday walks were: long and short; urban and rural; along ocean shores with either sandy and/or rocky beaches; beside burbling and rushing rivers… or right in them! We also had a lovely stroll around a pretty lake. We had a great, long, cool swim in that lake, too. A very nice break from Toronto and work. Mind you, I was also quite happy to get back home to Toronto and work.

I thought you might like to see a few more walking photos. (Yes, there was quite a lot of walking.)

I’ll be very happy to talk about my walking holiday, and yours, on our next walk together!

NEXT UP: Sunday, July 31 2016:

Even though I’ll be away and hiking somewhere a bit less urban, I suggest YOU meet at the Y at 9:00 and go for an urban lake-walk. Maybe someone in the group will suggest another destination. If so (and if it appeals), great! Have fun! But if you want a suggestion, try this:

Walk south and east from the Y until you reach Strachan Avenue. Heading south on Ossington and then east on Queen will get you there, but zigzagging could be more interesting. You could cut through Trinity-Bellwoods Park, if you like. Strachan is right below it.

Walk all the way south on Strachan and carefully cross Lakeshore Blvd to visit The Toronto Inukshuk Park! (It’s tall – you’ll see it, no fear!)

Walk west out of that park along the Martin Goodman Trail. You’ll pass Ontario Place, marinas, the CNE on your right, some lovely parkland, and more… until you spy the small, new bridge that crosses the train corridor and Gardiner Expressway, at Dowling Avenue. This is a steel frame bridge, and looks very high tech. When last there, it was not well labelled, but there is nothing much like it! Just so you know what it looks like… here are some people you know, to show you!

Sharon and Jan head north across the new replacement (temporary) Dowling Avenue bridge, across the tracks.

Sharon & Jan cross new replacement (temporary) Dowling Avenue bridge, across the tracks.

Cross that bridge, going north. Continue north and east, zigzagging as you see fit. You’ll make your way back to the Y via lovely Parkdale and Queen West.

This is a long-ish walk. Count on at least two hours. More, if you stop for iced tea! Of course, you could just head back, after seeing Inukshuk Park. But if you happen to zigzag past the pretty intersection of Dunn Street and Springhurst Avenue on your way back, you’ll be glad that you did. Stop and have a look at the amazing plant shop, Dunn Milk. Flower photos: very welcome.

We’ve done some parts of this walk before, of course, but have never visited the Inukshuk Park (south of Lakeshore Blvd, east of Ontario Place Blvd). So, do let me know where you go, and send pix if you take them. I shall certainly share and credit all contributions, online. Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend. Notes on my slightly northern weekend hike… later!

Coming right up:

Next week, we’re going downtown! We have a third anniversary to celebrate, and I have a couple of ideas to help us do that. Stay tuned!

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This isn’t a holiday

 Oh, of course it is.  (For me, anyway!)

But first, about today! And also a bit about last week: 

I’m on a train, hurtling towards Montreal. The scenery is green and calm. It’s a slightly grey day.

But when I arrive, the sun comes out and it’s another hot humid evening. I drop off my suitcase and,,, can you guess? I go for a walk.

Surprised? No you’re not!

But you probably do recall that I will be away for our next three Sunday walks. I’m sorry about that! But a little holiday beckoned, so here I am, in a comfortable McGill residence, after a long evening of exploring this lovely city.

At the end of my great planned walking day tomorrow, I will head to Halifax. I will meet up with Julie there, and bring along a couple of dear old friends, for… Can you guess?

hah! A walk, of course!

I am away without a computer, so the photos from last week will have to wait. But we shall try to post a pic or two of that little Point Pleasant Park walking group, just ahead.

Please do keep walking! As long as two or more people show up, it’s a walking group! Nice! We have reached our third anniversary, in just this way. So, my congratulations to all. Very good work!

LAST WEEK, we enjoyed a decent sized group at the start of our walk to, and around, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. It was mighty warm, so gradually the group dwindled. That was no surprise, either. We did see some interesting pieces of art and fine craft. And met some smart and intriguing artists. And then had strong cravings for frozen beverages!

 

NEXT UP: Sunday, July 17, 2016:

If you like, you can meet at the Y at 9:00 and walk for 90 minutes. Maybe someone in the group will suggest a destination. – perhaps a favourite house or street or park to share with the others? If no one has anything special in mind, I recommend a stroll over to Sterling Avenue. It’s a spot with all sorts of industrial history, and is transitioning to become an arts-focussed part of the Junction Triangle.

Let me know where you go, and send pix if you take them. I shall certainly share and credit all contributions, online. Thanks!

Coming right up:

I’ll be away for the remaining two July Sundays, as well. You should still walk! After all, that’s what I’ll be doing! I will remind you for each of those Sundays, in case you still want to get together. I hope you do!

When I get back, expect to wrap up summer with walks along The Kay Gardner BeltLine, into pretty Glen Stewart Ravine. And yes, we will try The Spit. And maybe The Bluffs. And more!

See you soon!

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