“Only dead fish swim with the stream”


The first time I visited the Alnwick Garden I loved this quote and found it quite profound.  It is a Buddhist quote and it reflects what the Duchess was trying to achieve with her garden.  The stone with the quote can be found on the way into the Bamboo Labyrinth:

In the Labyrinth, bamboo sways and rustles noisily in the wind, obscuring The Garden’s other sights and sounds. The twisting paths run stream-like amongst the bamboo. The Labyrinth was designed by Adrian Fisher, an international maze-maker, and the bamboo is ‘Fargesia’ rufa, a new Chinese variety.*

On my recent visit I was a little shocked by the comments of visitors passing the inscription.  There were so many who either didn’t understand it or thought it was stupid…

In the centre of the labyrinth there lies another message for the visitor do decipher.  Highlight below to see what the message says.

Visitors you have seen it all, we thank you, now continue happily on your way.

Only Dead Fish...

Towards the Centre


The Centre of the Labyrinth

*Information from the Alnwick Garden website.

14 Comments CherryPie on Jul 18th 2011

14 Responses to “Alnwick Garden – The Bamboo Labyrinth”

  1. That is a great quote! And the photos are wonderful!

  2. Claude says:

    What a splendid place! Thank you for the photos. :)

  3. Steve Hayes says:

    It looks like an interesting place to visit! Thank you.

  4. More beauty Cherie. I love that quote

  5. Chrissy says:

    Ah, but I think a lot of people like to follow the norm and be one of the crowd. It never did work for me! I love the photo’s and the pathway looks most inviting :D

    • CherryPie says:

      I think you are right in saying that most people like to follow the norm. I doesn’t work for me either ;-) I am glad you enjoyed the photos :-)

  6. jameshigham says:

    “Only dead fish swim with the stream”

    … or married men who’ve woken up how to achieve a quiet life. ;-)

  7. J_on_tour says:

    I like how you tease us with the bricks and light in the second image.

    • CherryPie says:

      Thank you :-)

      I loved how the light played through the labyrinth on that day.

      It was quite difficult to get a shot without people in the way ;-)