High Park for pre-Christmas brunch!
But first, about last week:
We enjoyed every bit of our visit to the Allan Gardens greenhouses for this year’s Christmas flower show. If you couldn’t join us… you can still go. We highly recommend it. We even ran into other friends, there! (Veronika, it was lovely to see you and the grandkids!)
Due to my miscalculation of cross-streets and quadruple-park-intersections, we didn’t make it to the Necropolis, but did enjoy (I guess!) a long walk west on Rosedale Valley Road, and then a trek back eastward to get to St. James Cemetery. We’d hoped to gain access to the lower part of St. James from Rosedale Valley, but the gates were all locked. That was quite a detour. Sorry about that!
Once we arrived at Toronto’s oldest church cemetery, we saw old and new carved memorial stones, niches, and crypts. We noticed a few well-known last names, but didn’t spy any of the big-name residents. We weren’t looking too closely – mostly interested in the carvings and the ages of the stones. On the other hand, we paid our respects at a very decorated U of T memorial to those who had donated their bodies to scientific research. This was a special destination for us. We shall visit again sometime, in warmer weather. Maybe we’ll bring flowers. And we can check the map and seek out the resting places of some of Toronto’s and Canada’s founding politicians, too.
We wrapped up our morning with a little impromptu brunch. I figured we’d go for coffee, but we were all chilled and our search for a café turned into a cozy meal at Parliament Street florist/bistro, MerryBerry, a cute spot that is about to close! Too bad, as we really enjoyed our visit. Anyway, what a nice morning. It was good to meet a couple of new walkers, too – also neighbours. I hope you can join us this week, too!
My phone-camera was sensitive to the cold temperature that day and kept shutting off, so… here are a few photos from the greenhouses. Still one of our favourite destinations. And a couple of street shots:
pretty star in Allan Gardens greenhouse
a star of leaves and mini-blooms – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
pretty floral peacock in the Palm House – this year’s highlight – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
fun kalanchoe and teasel Christmas “tree” in the Palm House
cute lemon” tree” – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
decor gone over to the kooky side! Feathers and orchids!!! – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
following me, as usual, morning glories are always in bloom, somehow! – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
little canoe of presents decorates the koi pond – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
i love this door! – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
in the orchid pavilion, near poinsettias – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
looks like a bug-catcher orchid – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
many orchids in full bloom! – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
variegation – a fave – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
more variegation, in Christmas colours – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
purple and adorable – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
sweet airplant Christmas “trees” – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
this year’s Christmas ornaments were cute
turtles still growing – and looking good – at the waterwheel in Allan Gardens greenhouse
twisting variegated leaf with fringed edge – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
yellow and red flame-like flourish – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
about to unfurl – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
sweet cut-log reindeer ornaments, throughout (and neat amaryllis wreath above, here) – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
another log reindeer – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
all sorts of orchids and some little log reindeers – in Allan Gardens greenhouse
bird of paradise – always in bloom when I visit Allan Gardens greenhouse
a little demolition on Bloor East
loved this ornament-laden tree on Wellesley East
Sunday, December 17, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We will leave promptly, so please be in touch if you are delayed. Or if you will join us at our destination.
As we do several times a year, we’ll walk west to High Park and enjoy an early brunch at the Grenadier Café. This has been a winter tradition for a few years now, and something we all look forward to. If you haven’t joined us in a while, we would enjoy your company! If you want to drive or transit over, just for the brunch part, do that! No worries! This is just a nice way of getting together before we all get busy with families and holidays and winter rituals! (like… hibernation, for instance! that’s a winter ritual, after all! ;-))
If you haven’t been to the Grenadier before, have a peek at the menu online. It’s reasonable. If you are meeting us there, rather than coming along for the brisk walk over, we should arrive at around 10:00, if lucky, and we’ll find a table large enough for our group in the back dining room. Let’s be in touch, if you will meet us there, to figure out the size of the group. Do call me, any time after 9:15 a.m. I look forward to some seasonal celebrating with as many as can join us!
Bundle up for that walk over!!!
COMING RIGHT UP:
Sure, winter is almost here, but our walks won’t stop. We’ll take neighbourhood or downtown walks on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Sundays, because… why not?!
In January, we’ll take a later trip west for a tasty afternoon tea in an historical inn. (Really! or perhaps I should say, “At last!” We’ve planned that for a couple of years.)
Soon: we’ll visit this year’s offerings of several interesting public art installations: Ice Breakers (on Queen’s Quay), Winter Stations (on The Beach), and a new one: Light Fest! Stay tuned for details. Cool stuff along the water. Pun intended, I suppose. Plenty of great winter walking, just ahead!
See you soon!
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Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you in the morning!
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