Saturday, July 30, 2011


It’s been a productive week for yard work! The labyrinth is finally laid out and ready for the gravel.

Half the lumber wrap is down.

The area for the labyrinth is cleared.
But it’s pouring rain and, unless the gravel decides to migrate onto the lumber wrap and arrange itself along the lines and pathways, further progress is not likely today. Instead I will be vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom and washing the floor. Might as well change the sheets and do up some laundry, too. Some baking may be in order – not sure yet. But I will do my best to avoid looking out my window at the unfinished labyrinth and longing to be out there filling it in.

The work it took to get it to this point took only a few hours – with a little help from my son-in-law, Paul, who kindly cleared the rest of the area and tacked down the lumber wrap; and from my daughter, Bizz, who did the math and measurements – in her head, no less! Bizz and Paul painted the lines and now, because of them, the labyrinth is weeks ahead of where it would have been if I had been left to my own devices. If only it would stop raining now!

Bizz and Paul measure and mark out
the labyrinth.

Paul uses 6" nails with washers to tack
down the lumber wrap.
I’m not sure how best to tackle the job of filling it in. Do I start at the centre and work my way out? Do I fill in a quarter at a time? Do I do all the lines and then the paths? Or do I work both at the same time? I guess I’ll have to wait for the rain to stop so I can get out there and just do it. I hadn’t really given the logistics of this next phase much thought.

The lumber wrap is down!  Now
the real fun can begin.

Now it's starting to look like something.

I’m not sure what to do at the entrance either. The way it worked out, the entrance is not where I originally planned it would be. The consensus among the children was that the entrance should face east, which appealed to me. It ended up a little too close to the apple tree and now there will have to be some creative blending of gravel types to make it look good. I think I have a plan, but plans have a way of taking on a life of their own. I’ll have to have a chat with the gravel and see if it has an opinion on how it wants to lie.

The labyrinth is ready for gravel.
First walk on the labyrinth!
I’m so excited, though. The labyrinth is taking shape. It’s even walkable as it is and I’ve taken a few strolls along it’s winding path. I don’t know how long it is, but it’s longer than it looks. One day I’ll figure it out. Right now I just want to start moving gravel! But I suppose, for the moment, house work is the priority. At least I can accomplish something and maybe the weather will give me a break later on.

1 comment:

  1. How neat - and exciting! Really need to make a trip up to see this for real!


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