it was a lovely, not-quite-fall day for the walk (late october high of 24-degrees celsius - unheard of!). thankfully, we were able to keep in the mood because, despite the warm fall and dry summer, some of the foliage has gone autumnal.
that is the dry creekbed on the grounds of the j.e.h. macdonald house. in the distance you can see the little white bridge in the nieghbouring yard. the house that the neighbouring yard is attached to is currently for lease. in our dreams, that is where we are living!
we started our walk at the thornhill village library (part of the markham public libraries). the village library is in a heritage house on colborne street. it is the kind of library that every slightly old-fashioned librarian (even us young ones!) dreams of running, all by ourselves, one day.
the spoht walk is full of heritage buildings, cemeteries, tales of destruction by fire, and lovely scenery. signal finally succombed to sleep about 2/3 of the way through, but he got to see the most enjoyable part (which, as far as i am concerned, was definitely the macdonald house and grounds).
a wander along the spoht walk tour will leave you thinking that it might not be such a bad idea to be a 19th-century mill worker, labourer, or cooper.
and that it must be pretty okay to be a ukrainian catholic.
or even, really, to be dead.
as we exited the confines of historic thornhill village, on our way to back to our oh-so-modern apartment building, the king's english reminded us of the most important task of the neighbourly (photographed and posted in honour of mad jenny!).