TPW Winter Gathering

TPW Winter Gathering
sporting our new safety sashes that reflect!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Second week in our northern home

What a lovely day! Yes it was brisk, but that’s what layers are for, right? If I’m not mistaken, we saw the first little spots of ice on the ground. OK, it was cold. Maybe that’s why we were champing at the bit to get ourselves going. Of course, one of the topics of conversation was the gloomy, gloomy, gloomy week that was. (Did I mention it was a gloomy week?) But not Saturday morning. The blue sky was a wonderful introduction to the colours we were about to enjoy. Bright red leaves blanketing the still green grass. Brilliant yellow of leaves still adorning the trees. Many of the trees have lost their leaves, emphasizing the latter half of fall, leaving the more muted green of evergreens. We’re so very lucky to have the change of venue as we move from our summer digs in High Park to our winter home in the cemetery. Even though we’ve walked the distance many times in both spots, the change of location always makes it feel fresh and new. And the colours of this Saturday certainly welcomed us back in style for our second week in our northern home!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Hurray for Sherry and Dianne!!

The cheers could be heard all across Ontario down to New York City as many TPWs were tracking the whereabouts of Sherry and Dianne as they raced in the New York Marathon.

I hold my breath every year, worrying about the weather, even if I'm not doing the race, because we all know how terrible it feels to walk in the Cemetery, in the rain let alone walk 42.2k!  Miraculously the weather seemed to hold for them this year...(or so it appears in the photos online).

It's an awesome race, with some of the most iconic views along the way.

NYC and Marine Corps Marathon are top of my list for scenic races.  Another favorite because it is just so much fun is Disney.  No one takes it seriously, so the pressure to finish in a good time, is lessened.Another lovely smaller race, that provides potato chips halfway through the marathon, is the Baltimore Running Festival. 

Some of our walkers won the lottery, literally, to get into the latest big city race, in London England, and we expect to hear from them after their late March race.

Walking isn't only doing marathons, but the elated feeling when you cross the finish line is worth it, even if just once!!

Monday, October 29, 2018


Cold and rain are not a good combination for my body . There is something about it that bothers my bones BUT  dressing  appropriately does  minimize  the negative impact.

Starting the fifth week of my body having what  has been a very  nasty virus, I decided not to bundle up  and walk on Saturday. I remained home.

Finally feeling  as though my body is on the mend I am  glad I made that decision. If it had been sunny I think I could have finally joined in.

What is comforting  to know is  that I can , after five weeks,  just walk right back in .

I am well aware that  after weeks of not doing 10 Ks  during the weekend and 10,000 daily steps during  the week, my body will protest. At least I think it will. I do not think -  in the 15 years I have been walking the distance -  I have missed so may scheduled walks.

Within the four full weeks of the illness it has been comforting for me to know that there are TPWs out there walking the distance. If I let my mind wander, I can hear the chatter and the soft sound of the sneakers hitting the ground.  

I hear that five TPWs recently walked the distance in the cold and rain  .

I want to thank you for keeping the torch burning.

It means a lot.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon 2018

TPW was there...both walking and volunteering!
  • Shirley and Helen were the 'sweeps' for the 5k and Half marathon respectively
  • Rorie, Edie, Philippa, Catherine and Sherry raced in the Half Marathon
  • Michael and Phyllis worked the finish line in various places
Anyone else out there that I missed? Here are a few photos from the day. My apologies for not capturing everyone.



The Last Walk

The last walk along the lake this summer, that is.  Next week we return to Mt Pleasant Cemetery and an 8:30 start.  Six of us turned up at 8 to walk west.  Unfortunately (?) our walk was cut short by an interruption in the path so we returned for breakfast.
They don't look too disappointed,
do they....?
At breakfast, talk turned to dance.  (Our topics always range widely.)  It reminded me of this thought from choreographer Martha Graham.

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.  The world will not have it.  It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”  (Italics mine.)

When I came across this passage I thought, “This could be a mantra for life!”  It can be applied to any part of life – walking races this weekend, how we react to a beautiful fall day, the ways we support one another,  how we age, - really, how we live.  I’ll call on my friends to help me to live up to it!