Sunday, October 21, 2007

SPOHT walk

this afternoon, after much waiting and a short delay, the c-p family, along with friends and neighbours es and sw, finally took the neighbourhood walk that we have been trying to take for months. the walk is an educational tour of historic thornhill village designed and notated by the society for the preservation of historic thornhill.

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!).


omaopa said...

Looks like it was a great walk in wonderful weather - wish I could have been there. We can't wait to see you all at Christmas and to have more opportunities to read the "buh". Also, congrats to Signal on the straw. Hugs to everyone!

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MadJenny said...

That is an AWESOME sign! I love it!

Jason Fix said...

Ruthanne and Melanie-

This is your [Ruthanne's] cousin here, Jason Fix.

Signal is one cute little boy, and I'm so happy for and proud of you both!

I'm aware that this is a rather unorthodox method of contacting you, but it's the best I could do in a pinch. I'm also essentially a blog virgin, so if this is considered gosh, I DO apologize.

As you may or may not be aware, I am getting married at the end of the year, December 29th to be exact.

Heather and I would really love to have you and your family attend. I know that this is really late notice, quite a ways from home and right during the holiday season. One way or another though, I really want to send you an invitation, even if you can't make it. Would you mind contacting me at my email address,, with your info so that I can mail it to you?

Thanks and much love,

Your cousin,