Monday, 4 June 2007

Maze Inspectors and Correctors

I'm giving up on the picture uploads. It just doesn't seem to want to happen, so these next few posts are probably going to look a little bleak until I get home next weekend and can upload pictures from my camera. I have some beautiful pictures -- lovely views of stones, windmills, sunsets, and labyrinths. I find myself looking for little stories to tell about the scenes I photograph, wanting to share the experience with those of you who have written to tell me you're following our travel escapades. It's frustrating to be blocked by techno-gremlins, but I promise to get the blog updated with good pictures as soon as we get back to England.

So, here's today's story:

When we were travelling with a group through England a few years ago
, we had dinner at a pub in Rutland, just down the road from the labyrinth in Wing. We were a good-sized group and we were energetically and enthusiastically discussing the labyrinths we had been visiting. When we finished eating, I lagged behind a bit, and was summoned to a nearby table and asked what we were doing -- specifically they wanted to know if we were Maze Inspectors.

We got a good laugh out of that, of course, but the name stuck and from then on we referred to ourselves as the Maze Inspectors. Four of those original "inspectors" urged us to take a group to Sweden, the result being the tour that we're now doing. And true to form, we each explore and interact with labyrinths a bit differently -- measuring, walking, tidying, photographing. And as we have come across those labyrinths which have been a bit (or a lot) neglected, weeds have been pulled, stones moved, and pathways adjusted. Today we realized we have truly grown into our roles as Maze Inspectors and Correctors.

We are quickly losing count of the labyrinths we have seen -- but happily the ones we visited today and yesterday all showed signs of being loved, walked, and maintained. After our disappointing day on Saturday, this feels quite heartwarming!
And the sunsets over the Baltic have been spectacular as you will see in a few days....

1 comment:

Lea said...

What a heart-warming story... I can see the pub all those years ago and I can see today, because of you Kim, and all of you in the different roles of bringing the labyrinths back out into the day, and out into the world...