Friday, 4 March 2011

The River Rock Labyrinth

These photos were taken in the summer of 2010, our labyrinth's third year . . . . Come and take a labyrinth walk with me!

We start here, just off the deck. The unicursal path takes us past our two garden sheds, a big pot of red geraniums and the Green Man in His supervisory position on the front wall of the little shed.

We wind our way around the corner, past the zucchini plants and the Himalayan impatiens:

Because the labyrinth is L-shaped and has no centre as such, we treat the corner bench and flowery nook as the centre of the labyrinth. See how the path comes out right at the bench:

Here we can sit amid the fuschia and the wave petunias, contemplating our journey thus far and thinking deep thoughts:

We'll look back over the labyrinth and when we're ready, we'll follow its unicursal path back to where we started by the deck.


My Rare One and I intend to enjoy our labyrinth again this coming summer. But sooner or later, My Rare One will heed the Call of the Veggies and turn the labyrinth back into a garden plot again. The soil will be rested and refreshed, just as we have been by the quiet contemplation that the labyrinth so unfailingly provides.

[All photos by Debra She Who Seeks]

31 comments:

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

You have certainly created a lovely spot! Right in your own back yard! No need to travel, to find this. Very, very nice.

Twain12 said...

you have a great garen...it looks so inviting

knitwit said...

What a lovely, peaceful place to go after a long day! You really know how to use your garden!

mxtodis123 said...

What a great back yard you have! I would spend my whole spring, summer, and fall out there.
Mary

Suzie said...

I love how it leads to your contemplative corner. .so peaceful, and then back "home" again. All paths should be so peaceful.

You and your Rare One have been SO clever in figuring this all out, I can see you taking it another step further, establishing a labyrinth in among your vegetable garden. Veggies can be very spiritual, you know. Why do you think that it is so peaceful when you are kneeling amongst the tomatoes?

Jeanne said...

Ah, Thank You! That was very nice. :0)

meeta said...

Oh! beauty, u have a treasure there as your garden, I really love the bench corner, looks so cozy..kudos :)

turquoisemoon said...

I love it! Wonderful...!!! How creative you are.

Kathy said...

You have me hankering for spring so I can go tackle my yard, including the veg garden, the herb garden and the altar area.

You labyrinth looks so peaceful.

miss*R said...

oh I love it! i will take this peace of your labyrinth in my soul as I ride along on the back of the bike today [fear has set in]

the clay disc is coming from SR.K.. expect it soon & when I come back, I am re-beginning my earth healing blog.. xo

miss*R said...

[I think that the sidecar would be just as fearful.. I think in future, I will stay home and be a mystic while the dutch husband chases whatever it is he gets while riding ;) - cause i don't get it!]

mistress maddie said...

A great backyard to go to escape to. Do you still have the ladyrinth set up? I love the bench in the corner.

Jim said...

Very nice Debra. For a while there I was thinking you had a place in Florida or Palm Springs!
Good idea to give the soil a rest and what a good way to use it in the interim. Where did you get all those rocks?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hi Jim -- We found them just lying around. No, really. I think they fell off the back of a truck . . . . If this were the US, I would plead the fifth.

Cinner said...

I think this is fabulous. love that it leads to the back bench. I would imagine some very peaceful times for sure,. have a great weekend.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

it's so inviting...

toemail said...

I would love to live there! :)

Makropoulos said...

That's fabulous!
Where's the snow?

Anne Johnson said...

Beautiful.

Wendy said...

I love rocks and the energy they have in them. I wanna walk the walk with you ;0

Lyn said...

Oh wow! Beautiful - I can't believe you've got a labyrinth in your garden :-)

Andrew Green said...

That's some lovely property....
I love the labyrinth idea. Perhaps I'll make one myself.

sophie...^5 said...

Perfect...has a zen like quality and then you convert it to an edible garden...very nice!

Sex, Drugs and Bacon Sandwiches said...

Looks fabulous but I fear I may get dizzy going around and around... I think I'd just head straight for the bench and watch ;)

LauraX said...

This is so beautiful Debra. How blessed the two of you are to have created this sacred space of your own to walk and be fully present in.

Little Messy Missy said...

That is really awesome! Your yard is beautiful and so peaceful.

Sandra said...

Will not show my hubby this post. He's already so absorbed in his garden planning, I fear he'd turn the other half of the yard into a labyrinth, and although I can see the serenity it would create, my kids would be turning those rocks into the bases for a baseball game.

"Winter Slytherin" said...

Absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Rue said...

I've always thought that a garden was the best thing you could do to a yard - but I may have changed my mind. This is awesome!

Blueberry said...

What a wonderful space you have made!

Yvonne said...

All your labyrinth posts are lovely. I love this one, very unique. I have always wanted one in my backyard and this one would be great to build. You can see more labyrinths on my blog too by clicking on labyrinths in my labels in the sidebar.