Walk Leader: Keith Nymark and Cathy Farrell
Text by: Keith Nymark
Photographs by: Amy Siciliano
My wife Cathy and I were cautiously excited when we were approached to coordinate a walk in our area. We are strong believers in community, and we believe we live in one of the best areas of Thunder Bay – exactly the kind of neighbourhood we think Jane Jacobs would have loved. We can walk everywhere.
On our exploratory planning trip through back alleys and ravines, Cathy noticed a rather colourful waterwheel in a backyard. Fortunately, the owner drove up as we were checking it out, and he proudly explained that he had built this flour-grinding mill as an exact replica of one his ancestor of four or five generations ago had built and operated in Scotland.
When we explained what we were doing, he said he would get it working and grind a little flour for our group on our Jane’s Walk. I think he was a bit overwhelmed when 50 people showed up in his backyard, but once he got going, his excitement at having such an audience for his project became obvious.