The party’s over….

After years of trying to keep up with the overgrowth of our labyrinth, we are going to dismantle it. Aside from twice when we invited friends, we have had 3 visitors since it was installed. We have mulched and remulched it 3 times. I have moved those rocks 4 times. I’m tired of the cost of mulch. I’m tired of the guilt of not keeping it up in the heat. Chuck’s tired of weed eating it. And I don’t feel like it’s doing anything for anyone.

So, we’re going to lift up the plastic and overgrown mulch in February and plant clover seeds in the ring around the center. We’re going to keep the center intact and create a place for flowers. Andy’s daffodils will continue to come up. I think I’ll move my irises from the side where the blueberries are. And we’ll finish off the hazelnut hedge with butterfly bushes.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the gazing ball. But, I’m not disposing of it.  I don’t intend to quit walking.  I’m just not going to have one in my yard anymore.

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Unitarian Universalist Church – Greensboro, NC

5603 Hilltop Road, Jamestown is just a little way from Guilford College Road.

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They have a nice, big, sunny parking lot.

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There’s a kind of driveway/minister’s parking spot to the right of the buildings. And a very nice flower garden between that and HIlltop Road.

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The labyrinth is right behind the building. It’s paint on pavers.

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And it’s kind of odd. It has 2 entrances/exits. You can walk straight in on the right, turn around and walk straight out. Or you can go in on the left and have a more usual winding, Cretan-type path. And you can walk back the same way. Or you can go in one way and out the other.

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There is a bench for contemplation, flowers, and a surprising lack of traffic noise considering the proximity of the road.

Walther Avenue – Baltimore, MD

We were on vacation over the weekend and spent a day in Baltimore.  Baltimore has a lot of labyrinths and it was hard to decide where to go.  There were 2 that particularly intrigued me because they weren’t at churches or hospices or other expected places.

I finally chose the labyrinth on Walther Avenue because it was convenient to the rest of our trip.   I still regret not getting to TuTTie’s Place, but we were doing too much in a short time and didn’t make it.

The Walther Avenue labyrinth is described on the WWLL as “Octagonal shape designed to fit our yard” and that is exactly the truth.  There is no mowing here because the labyrinth takes up the entire front.

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There are several kinds of thyme between the pavers.  And some other edible and blooming things.

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There’s a nice bench on the back side.

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And there’s a water feature, too.

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