When our children were small we stopped here at Alkborough on our way from the New Holland Ferry before the Humber Bridge made life less of an adventure. We had a Mini Traveller Estate in 1977. It was no joke fitting 3 small children into it , the packing of the roof rack was a masterpiece and a journey home to London from Yorkshire took about 6 hours .
We had seat belts-just , but I seem to think the carrycot bearing the new baby just rested in the back of the car with luggage all round it to keep it in place. Alice 21 months old in 1977 is watching her Aunty Alice in our family Home blowing bubbles. Nothing has changed. I am looking now at the window sill next to this laptop ,where my sister has left 4 pots of bubble stuff . Baby Alice has her own small girls, and sister Imogen has her own small boys. Now it is Alice who travels from the south to Yorkshire, but over the Humber Bridge.OS Map and called Maze. We didn't stop long . Two tiny children were not really suitable visitors for a few cuts in the lawn in a shape. A long journey with 'when will we be there' and 'can I have a biscuit' loomed ahead for hours.
For 30 years I have wanted to go back to Julians Bower and explore and decide, then categorize it into the folder in my brain which says Fascinating Old Places. So this weekend the pull is back, the urge to go again has re surfaced and is flashing 'do it' 'do it'.
I have just been to Wydale for a Parish weekend. I have been enthralled by the Labyrinth. So I now know that Julians Bower is not a maze. It is a Labyrinth.
You will have taught yourself Meditation in one easy 20 minute walk, and when you do it again another day you will not repeat the first experience. If this is what a medieval religious did to get close to God I am glad it has been rediscovered. It does to Christian Spirituality what the Cloud Appreciation Society has done to Meteorology.
Here it is then-
I'll do the meditation bit on the Filey parish blog soon, here are the illustrations