The last stone, ready to put in place
The stonework for the labyrinth is complete. There are more stones required in other places along the path, but we are feeling pretty happy about getting to this point!
The first mound of soil is in place and it looks kinda lonely :-) The walking path will be wood chips and in between will be plantings (probably sage). But stonework is 80% complete (or a bit better than that). We won’t finish the stonework by the end of September as we had originally hoped. A few things got in the way AND we got the sculpture installed which we thought would happen a bit later so we really aren’t behind. Feeling good about this!
Here’s a video from about a week ago:
We have 186 “paces” completed! This is slightly more than 1/3 of the way there (for the labyrinth stones anyway). Each pace is about 6 or 8 stones. The estimate of 3500 – 4000 stones (total labyrinth) still seems about right, but who’s counting :-)
Almost every single stone has been handpicked by Deryk. I have loaded many of them in and out of the vehicle (we have sort of a bucket-brigade system when we gather the stones and the same for unloading them) and then he makes the final decision regarding the placement of each one.
Our goal of all stones in place by the end of September seems like it could be a reality!
Sooke Harbour House is a very special place – on a beautiful beach, with a world class restaurant, it’s considered one of Canada’s leading resorts.
So… Deryk and I are very pleased to once again be featured artists there! For the month of September, our show is called “Old Enough to Know Better!”
This photo of the two of us on the lawn of the Empress in Victoria (during one of Deryk’s outdoor painting days) shows the birth of the title for our joint exhibition. We are old enough, but I’m not sure we know better.
Below are some of the pieces from the show – on view and on sale for the next few weeks. I didn’t get many good shots of Deryk’s work. He has about ten paintings on display in the gallery and I have about a dozen glass pieces of varying sizes.
And I have small felt vessels on display as well.
Hope you can visit this amazing location!
Sooke Harbour House 1528 Whiffen Spit Road, Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4
telephone (250) 642-3421
So…. in a sense these pictures speak for themselves. First and second day of adding stones to the path. We are less than 7% done at the end of day two. So far most stones are from Butler Brothers – but a few are ones found on the farm and we’re going to see if there are other sources as well.
It’s just been me and Deryk so far – but maybe a work party or two will be happening in the near future.
Deryk and I finished the line-drawing on the ground today. We walked it together and found that it’s about 1000 steps (well, probably more accurately 960) to walk from the entrance of the labyrinth “proper” and back out again. Which means that our original estimate of one kilometer for the whole path including our Apple Tree Lane and a circle around the field before entering the labyrinth is pretty much accurate.
We had some helpers today! Thanks Sue and Libby and some others as well – the centre hole is dug and some of the blackberries still growing on the far side of the wall have been tackled.
And for a quick look at “then and now” see my July post that also references last October