Christmas flowers, history, memories…
But first, about last week:
No photos this time! Last Sunday, I was at a family pre-Christmas event outside St. Catharines and enjoyed a long and festive driving and dining day. No real walking, other than to and from the rental van! But it was a fun festivity with family, good weather, nice food, and completely calm highway driving. I was very glad of that excellent road behaviour, and so were the passengers (several of whom napped in the van!).
Here in town, Julie and Sally headed out for a walk and then revised their plans to suit the weather. Sounds like that was fun, too. I hope your Sunday was terrific, wherever you roamed. Or maybe you just relaxed at home. Also good!
Sunday, December 10, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We have a double-barrelled plan. First, a streetcar trip to this year’s winter floral display at Allan Gardens greenhouses. If you will meet us there, remember that doors open at 10:00. We wouldn’t want you standing around in the c-c-c-cold! This year’s exhibit looks beautiful. Let’s go see! I’m eager to admire the floral peacock, and smell the cedar and pine scented air. Nice!
Then, we’ll walk a bit further east and north to visit the Toronto Necropolis and St. James Cemetery. These two are the oldest formal cemeteries in Toronto. Yes, there are older burial grounds. Researching and finding those could be a very interesting spring project. Let’s plan that, too.
In the meantime, on this chilly day ahead, connecting these two spots could include a bit of adventure: we may decide to try the park-to-park-to park route, along the Rosedale Valley Road ravine (if so, there’ll be a hill to navigate…), or maybe we’ll prefer walking up Parliament (always interesting). We might see a bit of snow on the headstones of Toronto’s history-makers, in both spots. Or maybe it will be mild. Tough to predict the weather on these pre-solstice mornings. We shall soon see! I hope you’ll join us for this interesting combination walk. Bundle up. (Better to remove layers than to shiver and regret! :-))
If you can’t join us for this great morning walk, there is still plenty to see and do on Sunday. City Hall’s art fair is open on the square, all day, until 23 December. Brookfield Place’s great snowflakes are there to enjoy for at least another two weeks (don’t forget to touch the large one, for colour-change!). There’s a community concert at St. Anne’s Church on Sunday afternoon – it sounds great. Somehow, there is just too little time to “do it all.” But we shall try to “do some!”
May your December be cozy and bright! And may it include many beautiful walks.
COMING RIGHT UP:
Next week, our annual around-Christmas-time brunch at High Park’s Grenadier Café! EVEN if YOU RARELY JOIN US… this is the one! Please check next week’s post and try to be there. We’d love to see you! And, after all, there will be French toast! 😉
Walks won’t stop – we’ll take neighbourhood walks on both the 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. (Yes, really! or perhaps I should say, “At last!” We’ve been planning that for a couple of years.)
And, soon: we’ll see this year’s installations of Ice Breakers, Winter Stations, and a new one: Light Fest! Stay tuned. Cool stuff along the water. Plenty of great winter walking, just ahead!
See you soon!
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