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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
7:11 am
[mary_mayhem]
Mebane Labyrinth 2010
We have renewed the labyrinth. Mowing and weedeating all summer was a hideous chore. Chuck did it without complaining. But, he finally had enough. We called Mr. Torrey of Torey's Tree Service and Landscaping for an estimate.

Two weeks later, Mr. Torrey and his helper piled up the rocks and scraped the grass off the spot. They laid down black plastic and covered it with mulch. Then, my family replaced the labyrinth. It took a little while. Chuck and I damaged ourselves being too enthusiastic the first Saturday. Christopher did some while he was on Spring Break and it is completed.

We had found some very nice copper solar lights in the interim between first talking to Mr. Torrey and his start on the work. We got 24 (a full display box) and waited. There are 2 at the entrance and one at each turn. It look like we have a helipad in the backyard at night. :-D

http://picasaweb.google.com/klparmley/Labyrinth2010#
Sunday, May 24th, 2009
6:45 am
[nancytoday]
Gardening Everfar Labyrinth
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUbwuyM-8_A

I wanted to garden in containers, so what better place to put them all!

What do you think?
Monday, December 8th, 2008
11:45 am
[nancytoday]
Anybody else out there?
Am I the only one in this community? I look over the posts, and see that I've been the only one posting for almost a year!
11:43 am
[nancytoday]
Walked Everfar labyrinth without snowshoes
Monday, December 08, 2008
10:30 am

I went outside and tried to walk (recreate) Everfar Labyrinth in the snow without my snowshoes as the bindings are such a hassle! Actually, they were frozen in place so they weren’t usable anyway!

I made the cross, corners and dots with a stick and then tried to draw it in the snow. I guess I could have made it much bigger. It was difficult to walk it with boots on because the snow was uneven. I also made lots of tracks on it.

I liked being out there getting some exercise. My lower back is pretty painful today.

I brought my frozen snowshoes inside so they would thaw and I could use them. I think walking it with snowshoes on is probably easier than walking it with my boots as the snowshoes always keep me up above the snow so my ankles never get wet. Unless I fall over, anyway!
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
2:43 pm
[nancytoday]
Nice labyrinth in the tall grass...snow in the pathways now
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
2:44 pm

I think I’m going to go down to the tipi and see if my labyrinth is still intact. I think I’ll walk it, just for the fun of it.

4:05 pm

I made Abey some chicken noodle soup and went down with my owls and my pine needle basket. I made a video of the wooden tipi and making the basket. My darn finger was bleeding. Having a bandaid on it is a BAD idea, cos the blood just keeps flowing under it and then crusts along the edge of the bandaid, but not really, so it flows forever!

I also walked half of the labyrinth. It’s a great labyrinth down there. It’s just a pathway through the tall grass. It was quite nice to walk the level parts of it. Part of it is too bumpy to walk without deep snow to fill in between the clumps of sedge grass.

I like that labyrinth. I should pit some arrows down there or tie some orange to show where the pathway goes.

I suppose that dusting of snow may stay for the winter now. It fell yesterday, but it didn't go away today.

I'll post the video to www.youtube.com/nancytoday in a few minutes.

Current Mood: pleased
Monday, November 10th, 2008
8:34 am
[nancytoday]
Everfar Labyrinth update
I began making a labyrinth in the yard last spring. However, even though I planted lots of thyme for the circles, I didn't weed out the wildflowers and lambs quarters that came along. So I sort of lost my labyrinth.

All but the sign, Everfar, on the inverted root stump. I did plant several silver mound plants and some lavender near the stump, though.

I have straw in the rows, but only half of the labyrinth really took some shape this season.

I'll walk it in the winter, for sure. I love doing that. I do have to move the wheelbarrow which is inverted over the lawnmower so I have lots of space out there.

It's great to be able to just go out the door to get some exercise like that all winter!

I'll have to go out there and see what I can do about creating the shape again and pull out those wildflowers now and see if my thyme took.

Actually, I could still transplant thyme! It's never too late for that!

Current Mood: artistic
8:29 am
[nancytoday]
caring for my snowshoe labyrinth in the tall sedge grasses
I made a labyrinth in the tall sedge grass in the meadow marsh beside my tipi by the highway. I did it with snow shoes in August. I walked it several times, but the lumpy grass and my bum foot didn't go well together.

I want to stick pieces of basketmaking willow into the center of each of the rows of grass between the pathways. Then it will grow up to be a lovely harvestable labyrinth.

I hope when the snow flies and I walk it again, I'll be able to find my paths and not make new ones. The grass is a meter/yard tall so I doubt it'll disappear, only the pathways could fill up with drifting snow.

I'll have to be diligent down there.

Current Mood: creative
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
9:43 am
[nancytoday]
Curves instead of corners
9:15 AM

I went to the top of the road to tidy up from our Canada Day activities last night. when I was up there, surveying the large expansive turnaround, I wanted to re-create Sandcastle labyrinth, as it only lasts from one rainstorm to the next.

This time I drew the middle cross, and then instead of square corners inside each of those four corners of the cross, I drew sweeps, curves. I made three curves and a dot or each of the four corners of the cross.

Then I drew it so that it would be a wide labyrinth, but not too tall as I’d run out of space against the bank of the road up to the field.

I love drawing labyrinths in the sandy gravely road. The stick feels nice as it pressed an inch into the loose, moist sand.

I know this will soon be driven over, but it’s such a lovely thing to do, such a lovely thing to create.

I had to walk it when I was done. It took a long time. My mind had settled, if there had been anything in it to begin with anyway, by the time I arrived at the center. I was so surprised that I’d only just arrived, that I walked across the rows to get out and go back to the house.

And so here I lie in my hammock in the shade, listening to the wind in the helipsis plants, the crickets in the rose bushes and my fingers tapping on the letters on my laptop.
Monday, June 30th, 2008
8:25 pm
[nancytoday]
a lavender patch labyrinth?
I'm quite excited. I could make a lavender patch! It could be in Everfar labyrinth along with the circles of thyme! I'm feel ing quite excited about this. I'm going to google it and find out what lavender needs.
Monday, June 16th, 2008
8:49 am
[nancytoday]
Something seemed wrong with the labyrinth
Monday, June 16, 2008
7:30 am

I walked up to remake Sandcastle Labyrinth in the sandy turnaround at the top of the hill road.

On the way I scattered seeds for turnips and wildflowers. I hope they grow. They are on the edge of the sandy road, so they may. I walked on them on my way back to the house later so they would be sort of planted. Sortof.

At the level top of the hill, I decided to move the labyrinth over more towards Molly’s house. I found that a lot of turnarounds happened on it the last time. This part seems less disturbed.

I made my cross in the center, then two more corners in each of the corners and the dot.

I walked around connecting them with a pointy cedar stick from the bank of the road.

When I was done, I realized I’d not made two corners and a dot in each of the four corners of the cross. On one I had only made one corner and a dot.

So when I walked it as I made a video and got to the center in no time, that I had done something very wrong.

I had to study it for awhile to figure out what was wrong. It all looked fine.

When I corrected it, the entrance was on the left of the bottom of the cross, instead of the right. That doesn’t make sense as I did the rest of it according to custom.

Well, I walked it and walked it, and finally marked each time I went around to make sure that I was actually walking them all.

It turned out I was. I was tickled pink, moved the Conch shell back to the center and came home.

I'll put up the vid later: www.youtube.com/nancytoday
Saturday, May 24th, 2008
6:44 am
[nancytoday]
Perennial vegetables for the rows
Saturday, May 24, 2008
6:41 AM

I know where to plant the Swiss chard seeds! I can plant them alongside the thyme rows in Everfar labyrinth! They’ll come back every year. That’s what I need. Seeds that make perennial food. I'm really not into work. Hoe hoe hoe. That’s for Santa!
Thursday, May 15th, 2008
10:11 pm
[nancytoday]
Planting a willow labyrinth next to the woven tipi
Thursday, May 15, 2008
12 pm

I was so tired of being lame and sitting in my chair in the house, so I gathered up the essentials: binoculars, bug suit, clippers, quart of homemade soup, willow and birch basket, camera, bug repellent, journal and pen.

I put it all in the basket. I made that basket with a very tall handle so I can carry things with it without having to bend down to pick it up all the time. I put all that on the little golf bag cart I found at the reuse center at the dump the other day.

I wheeled it all along, stopping to add a hide to the mix, and down the hill and along the highway to my woven walled tipi.

It was wonderful to be outside again. I put my bug suit on and lay in the hammock for a few minutes. I decided the hides should be on the outside of the walls to provide me with a bit of shade, so I stood on my chair down there and got them through the tipi poles onto the outside of the alder weavers. It was perfect.

After a moment’s rest, I took my clippers and headed out to a willow patch and clipped it all down to the ground. I wanted to make a labyrinth of willow, so I figured if I put willow pieces into the wet ground every few feet in all directions, leaving rows and aisles, I could later connect them to become the circles that the labyrinth will eventually need.

I worked out there for a long time, walking along and pushing a foot long piece into the ground beneath the layers of dried sedge leaves from last year.

When I had finished that, I rested in the hammock again, then put them into the ground all the way around the tipi, one at the base of each pole and two between poles.

The marsh marigolds look like they are doing wonderfully! They haven’t gone back at all since I transplanted them from the marsh the other day!

I can’t say how many willow stakes I pushed into the ground of the marsh, but the area is about 30’ X 30’.

I'm hoping that they will all root and I’ll be able to cut willow for baskets at the end of the fall!
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
8:34 am
[nancytoday]
Carved a Sandcastle Labyrinth sign for the 400yd long labyrinth
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
8:25 AM

I just came in from Sandcastle Labyrinth. I sat in one of the wooden chairs in the sun on Thyme Hilltop and carved the name into a board. The wood is cedar. It’s full cut 1X12”, none of that 3/4X11 stuff. It’s an old board so the newly cut words stand out very nicely.

I cut off a 1X2 where it had a break, so it looked kinda pointy on the end.

I nailed the sign to it and took it and a hammer, my basket and birdsong book up the road to the turnaround which is about 10 feet lower than the top of Thyme Hill where I was sitting beside it. The road cuts into the hill, I guess, so my side is higher than the turnaround.

I hammered it into the sandy bank beside the turnaround, in line with the entrance into the labyrinth.

It looks so nice! I'm so pleased! Sandcastle Labyrinth. It won't wash away or dissapear, so I can leave that and not have to worry about it again! It's on township property, but it's up higher where they won't grade the road.

I walked the labyrinth once, picking up little sticks and fixing little spots where someone drove over it as they turned around up there, then spiralled in to it again just to count the distance. I took wide paces and found it’s about 400 yards. That’s 1200 feet. Three times walking it, is 3600 feet. So that’s more than half a mile, or over a kilometre.

How nice to be able to have a nice walk outside without having to climb hills or such!

I feel refreshed. The air is cool and fresh. The sun is out and the warblers are singing. I looked up the two-note-repeated-rapidly song and found it was a Bay Breasted Warbler. Here’s to remembering that tomorrow!

I didn’t have my bird book out there and didn’t see him, so I can’t remember quite what he looks like.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, May 5th, 2008
8:45 am
[nancytoday]
Sandcastle labyrinth is ready for walking! 16-ring
Monday, May 5, 2008
8:18 AM

Sandcastle labyrinth

It’s made. It’s walkable. It’s completed! Now I need to make signs. Sandcastle Labyrinth. It’s only going to last until the township roads people come along and grade the road. However, the road is in good shape and needs no grading at the moment!

This is the big turnaround for the heavy snow-moving equipment. I haven’t a clue how big it is, but the labyrinth on it is a 16-ring, so it’s about 32’ wide, I guess. Diameter.

When I was done making it, I went to the house close to the turnaround and showed Molly. She came out to see it. I asked her for a name, something that doesn’t last. Sandcastle was her word! So I found some wood and need to find my carving knife. What a great little place it is going to be.

We talked about having candlelight walks in the labyrinth. I think I'm going to take my conch shells over for it. I suggested she put anything in it that she wanted. She has two big gallon jars of shells her sister brought from somewhere.

I have a lot of shells, too, small once and conch ones from Buck Island off St. Croix, USVirgin Islands.

I walked it and filmed myself making it, which I’ll go upload in a minute.
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
2:05 pm
[nancytoday]
My snowshoe labyrinth and Everfar in winter and now spring
Sunday, May 4, 2008
1:51 PM

I have searched many times for communities on labyrinths, and never ever thought of this name, labyrinthwalk!

My cousin made a sand labyrinth with brick dividing lines. She said so much good stuff about it, that I had to do it myself!

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHNoK33ojjk
This is the Nancy Today movie I made of Sally telling me about her labyrinth.

So I came home to snow and flat spaces! I walked to a center spot in the snow then ‘labyrinthed’ out of it. The one beside the house I named Everfar.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=fCXRHo0hGkk&feature=related

When I went down to the highway to my tipi alongside the road, I found another big flat area where tall sedges grow in the other seasons. Once again on my big Adirondack snowshoes, I made a labyrinth.

I named it Snowshoe Labyrinth. It was 15 circles wide. I got back into the alders alongside the open area and then right alongside the stream.

I would go down there all winter, lie in the hammock in the tipi and then go for a walk in Snowshoe Labyrinth.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=xmxPaXDezvY

After nearly every snowfall (it snowed every day in February this year), I’d go down and walk it again to keep it well packed!

I have 29 Snowshoe Labyrinth videos http://ca.youtube.com/user/NancyToday
You can just do a search for ‘snowshoe labyrinth’ in the little white bar down on my video thumbnails.

Enjoy yourselves! I loved those labyrinths and was quite sad when the weather warmed and turned them into floodwater and then back into a marsh and a yard!

So now I'm making one in my own yard by the house, a permanent one with thyme pathways and something tall that I'm not sure about yet. Perhaps sunflowers!

These are about creating this planted one:

Planning a labyrinth
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=do3AY_m0zs4

Smooth soil for a labyrinth
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=LCgSrV3kcDc

How to plant a thyme labyrinth
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=IHI32Np0JJI

Thyme is planted in circles
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=8vP-CllvbhQ

Easy way to dig up sod
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=WJce80XfO0s

Watering Everfar Labyrinth
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=HT1hE3SDsXk
1:25 pm
[mary_mayhem]
Friday, February 8th, 2008
9:05 pm
[mary_mayhem]
ELEMENTS: A Labyrinth
JIC there is someone else in the middle of North Carolina on this list.

Conceived and directed by artist Bryant Holsenbeck

Everything is here forever

What do you do with the ELEMENTS of your life?

In collaboration with the Community Art Project Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission and the Carrboro Art Committee (North Carolina)

This year's Community Art Project will be inaugurated with a public art event, "ELEMENTS: A Labyrinth," at Community Park in Chapel Hill on March 1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The public is invited to help build a labyrinth out of natural materials salvaged from the Bolin Creek Greenway.

Labyrinths are simply winding patterns of concentric circles, designed to let one walk in a compact area while allowing the mind to relax and meditate. Hopi Medicine Wheels, Celtic labyrinths and Cretan labyrinths are all examples of this practice. In the middle ages, many cathedrals and churches had labyrinths embedded in their floors. They invite us on a journey of presence, allowing us to experience, on many levels, the mystery of which we are all a part.

The ELEMENTS labyrinth will invite participants to contemplate the lasting mark we make on our world. What do we do with the elements of our lives? If everything is here forever, how can we assure that our contributions are worthy? What elements do we use wisely and which do we squander?

Bring work gloves and a willing spirit to help build the labyrinth at Community Park on Estes Dr. in Chapel Hill on March 1, 2008. Wear long sleeves for best protection. Come anytime and stay as long as you wish. All ages are welcome. Rain date is Sunday, March 2.

For more information contact Steve Wright at 919-968-2749.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
8:20 pm
[mary_mayhem]
I'm stoked
Conceived and directed by artist Bryant Holsenbeck

Everything is here forever

What do you do with the ELEMENTS of your life?

In collaboration with the Community Art Project Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission and the Carrboro Art Committee

This year's Community Art Project will be inaugurated with a public art event, "ELEMENTS: A Labyrinth," at Community Park in Chapel Hill on March 1 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The public is invited to help build a labyrinth out of natural materials salvaged from the Bolin Creek Greenway.

Labyrinths are simply winding patterns of concentric circles, designed to let one walk in a compact area while allowing the mind to relax and meditate. Hopi Medicine Wheels, Celtic labyrinths and Cretan labyrinths are all examples of this practice. In the middle ages, many cathedrals and churches had labyrinths embedded in their floors. They invite us on a journey of presence, allowing us to experience, on many levels, the mystery of which we are all a part.

The ELEMENTS labyrinth will invite participants to contemplate the lasting mark we make on our world. What do we do with the elements of our lives? If everything is here forever, how can we assure that our contributions are worthy? What elements do we use wisely and which do we squander?

Bring work gloves and a willing spirit to help build the labyrinth at Community Park on Estes Dr. in Chapel Hill on March 1, 2008. Wear long sleeves for best protection. Come anytime and stay as long as you wish. All ages are welcome. Rain date is Sunday, March 2.

For more information contact Steve Wright at 968-2749.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
11:37 pm
[itf_games]
Amaze!
Hi!

I want to show you my new game about ball in labirynth - Amaze! check it out.

here are some screenshots
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Here it can be downloaded for FREE
Sunday, January 6th, 2008
4:06 pm
[mary_mayhem]
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