Labyrinth Completed

In my last blog, I explained that I was looking for a way to celebrate ritual and other occasions in my garden as I find it increasingly difficult to get out and about. With my daughter’s help, we had marked out a labyrinth on the paving slabs at the back of the house. It was a work in progress and I said I would update you on the finished item.

Well, it’s almost finished but not completely. I think it will be a work in progress for some time to come. It didn’t all go according to plan. We thought we would be able to paint the lines in one day. After all it wasn’t a huge space we were working in.

We had forgotten to include Teddy the dog in that calculation. This was a shared space!  The painted area had to be cordoned off to prevent paw prints spreading across the slabs. This meant we could only paint a quarter at a time. Add in the rain fall, and it took us most of the week to actually get the paint on the floor. And off the floor.

One day we were up bright and early to paint as the forecast said it would be dry and sunny, and it looked as if it would be. We went back indoors to have breakfast, and watched the skies darken and heavy rain falling, and the paint running across the paving. Headed out to clean off paint, and start again.

We put a gazebo over the labyrinth area, so hopefully it will be dry enough most days to walk the path. Then we decided to mark the quarters. This is where it is still a work in progress. We are thinking of trying to co-ordinate planting in the flower beds to the colours for the quarters, and we will no doubt add other items that catch our attention as time goes by.

This is the plaque we have put in place for contemplation when you reach the centre of the labyrinth, so gazing into the distance from the entre.

Will this work for us? I hope so. Only time will tell.

Written by Portland Jones, PF Disabilities Liaison for the Midlands