Saturday, October 10, 2009


The backyard is our green space; the front is pretty much desert landscape (except for a small flower bed by the front door).  Early this summer Joe cleared out this space in the front yard for a small labyrinth, something I'd been wanting for a long time. There was no room for it in the backyard because much of the yard is on a slope and most of the rest was already taken up by trees, raised beds, and the patio.  He pruned some big cassia plants to make a short path between them  to the entrance and after I'd laid out the stones we "paved" the labyrinth itself with sand.  If I keep it swept, the next morning we can pick out the tracks of the birds and animals who've come (mostly during the night and early morning) to drink from the water bowl at the center.  When you walk to the center (barefoot is best, to feel connected to the earth)  you stop facing east, toward the morning sun. I like to stay there for a moment, looking at the little world in front of me, between where I'm standing and the hedge of untrimmed Texas Ranger that divides our yard from our neighbors.  It almost always makes me smile.

1 comment:

  1. This is absolutely lovely. What a wonderful way to remind us of our connection to the earth and the solace we find when our feet are upon it.