We have just returned from a wonderfully magical week in Pembrokeshire, S.W.Wales.
I went with my daughter and her 3 children, Miss E, 8, Master R, 5, and Little Miss M, 3. The weather, for the first time EVER ( I have been going there for years!), was brilliant for the whole week! Only raining at night, and although sometimes windy, it was never so cold that we needed jumpers – that in itself was a minor miracle.
So we spent almost all of every day on the gorgeous beaches, building sand castles ….
just digging …..
and huge sand dragons
and boats, and quad bikes, and even a sand sofa ……..
and doing cartwheels for the sheer joy of it
with very little time for crochet, but it still always went with me of course
and then there was the swimming and the rock pools to explore………
Back to the beach, rock pools, caves and gentle waves
the baby spuddled amongst the masses of black seaweed, E and my daughter went for a swim and R and I made a labyrinth
When looking for a link to a ‘how to draw a labyrinth’ site for those of you who would like to have a go I came across this site of ‘Peaceful Endeavours’ for children.
I love the way children always run around labyrinths, and R then spent ages making more paths and trails with his spade……
Since about 1989 I have been drawing or creating labyrinths, mandalas and spirals all over the place and walking other labyrinths whenever I can
this is one made out of carob pods in the garden of La Serrania, a retreat centre I went to in Majorca some years ago. I went on a walking holiday, but after half a day walking up a mountain and the second half walking down, my right knee gave way, so for the rest of the week whilst the others went walking, I had a delicious time drawing, sewing, chatting to the gardener and creating carob pod labyrinths
which smelt of chocolate as you walked them
and stone spirals
the gardener had placed this stone on the tree stump and painted a face on it, I did the spirals of stones so that one could walk in to greet your own inner smile!
and then a mandala of carob and olives on the terrace just outside my room.
Back on Solva beach another sand dragon was made,
but the tide was coming in so we had to leave her and walked back along the beach creating stories about the sand dragon swimming off to America when the tide came in and all the adventures she would have along the way……..
Posted in children's art, land art, mandalas, sculpture, stone
Tagged beach, carob pods, labyrinth, mandalas, sand art, sand dragon, spirals