To walk or not to walk, that is the question… (By Diane)

It was certainly the question on Saturday morning with rain and a drop in temperature  in the forecast. However, I hadn’t walked on Thursday and was feeling the need so decided to go for it and, as often happens with this group, I was joined by a half dozen other sturdy souls (or fools depending on your point of view!). I blessed my rain jacket as we persevered for a full circuit of our beloved cemetery despite heightening winds and increased rain. And, when we finished, despite my chilly hands and damp feet, I was glad I had come out. Sharing hot drinks and chat at the end was doubly sweet.

The moral? When in doubt, walk!

Glorious weather and some changes coming….


We have been given a gift of a warm fall – and what a gift it is. The colours are astonishing – on my last walk I was entranced by carpets of scarlet and canopies of gold and rust. When the sun hits the trees, it looks like the leaves are glowing. I think autumn is my favourite time of year and this one is particularly grand.  Enjoy it with all your heart as we know what comes next.

We have seen a coyote twice over the last while so be alert. Remember to make yourself big and loud if you see one nearby (do not turn and run away!!). We think they are particularly interested in dogs and make a point of warning those walking their pets as we pass them by.

A reminder that we are having our fall social at Harbord House on Nov. 22 starting 6ish. If you have medals, wear them. Please let me (DIANE)  know if you are coming.

There are some changes to walking times coming up so watch for emails and keep an eye on the website.  We will move to 9am this Saturday (the 12th) and are getting input on moving to 4 on Tuesdays toward the end of Nov.

Banff (tick, at last) and now on to new adventures???

Well a lot has happened with the TPW group over the past month. The Banff trip (3 years in the making!!) finally became a reality – and it was worth the wait. We talked, we ate, we cycled, we rode horses, we swam, we soaked, we shopped – and, oh yeah, we all completed the Melissa 10K and have the shirts to prove it! In short we had a wonderful time in large part to the efforts of B and R. The trauma of the trip was little Spirit getting bitten but he is on the mend – a true TPW trouper.

I confess I find it truly amazing that such a large group could travel together so successfully – there were minor mishaps but everyone kept their sense of humour and there was always someone to play with depending on your interests. Thank you all for your company – and now let’s start planning our next adventure!

Just a heads up that we are thinking about moving the Tuesday start time to a bit later so we can have an early dinner afterwards. There will be an email to all when that is confirmed.

The foot bone’s connected to the heel bone, etc, etc….

Lately, for a variety of reasons, feet have been on my mind.

For one thing, I have been having discomfort in my arches for the last month or so (it is plantar faciitis and I have an appointment with my foot guy coming up) and, for another thing, I just finished taking an anatomy-based art course that demonstrated the wondrous construction of those hard working parts of our bodies. So many little parts that can hurt!

Having anything wrong with my feet or legs troubles me, as I know it does others. I depend on walking as my principal form of exercise,  a major contribution to my sanity and a source of friendship and joy so it does worry me to consider there might be a time when I can’t walk. Hard as it is to believe, our hearty band of walkers isn’t impervious to the passage of time.

So, what to do? Well, look after ourselves as best we can obviously and, if we can’t walk long distances, try shorter ones and, if we can’t walk, we can do other things together – as we already do.  One of the wonders of the group is that there is always someone who shares your interest be it biking or movies, coffee or wine!

That brings me to a reminder that we are going to the island on Sat, Aug. 27. For those who aren’t up for a long walk, we can set up a ‘base camp’ near the cafe and meet up after walking.

Here are some details for those who like to plan ahead (we will repeat them closer to the date).

Ferries leave from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at the foot of Bay St at Queens Quay. We take the Ward’s Island ferry and the current consensus is to aim for the 8:15 (thereafter the schedule is every half hour starting at 9am, the return is on the quarter hour). The website is a bit contradictory saying you can only purchase tickets online but also saying you can buy them in person at the terminal (and one of our group has done so) so it is your choice.