Published: August 5th 2010August 2nd 2010
Monday the 26th July 2010, leaving Wade’s for 6 days heading for Cornwall and the south of Wales, I remember my mum always talking about Cornwall, swimming at the beach as a child and loving Wales so much she really wished she had lived there, so it’s somewhere I really like to visit.
On the way I will be going through Avebury where there is the circle of stones and then of to Salisbury where Stonehenge is. It’s about a two hour drive so it’s not too long, the closer I get the more excited I was getting I have watched so many documentaries about Avebury and Stonehenge and there is still so many unanswered questions regarding the stones their purpose and how they got there. For me it’s just one of those many wonders of this world that don’t need answering. Some things are better left un said that way it leaves that air of mystery and wonder, allowing our minds to wonder and think about the what if s and maybe, who cares whether were right or wrong there here and were are able to experience whatever we are meant too from them.
So here I am driving through
the country side the sun is shining, all around is fields of green and yellow, I’m lead down narrow little lanes with the radio blaring away and me singing so beautifully, I came over a hill and there on the side in a field large as life were these enormous stones. I know your thinking oh really stones; yeh right specie, well you had to be in the moment.
This little farming community was actually built around this circle of stones; this will giving you little idea of the size of the circle. There are, many homes, shops, farms, roads a large estate withe lovely gardens all sitting amongst the circle of stones in Avebury, a whole little community. I could only imagine what a wondrous place this would be to live. The energy of the area was beautiful, everyone and everything living and working together caring for the land the stones and I would imagine in a community like this, each other. As I walked amongst the stones farmers were working away making hay bales. Unfortunately some on the stones had been removed for homes long ago and several were missing, but as a whole the circle of stones
have been well preserved as well as the area.
I spent a good four hours here I know I get a little engrossed in things to be fair there was a lot to see and lots of people to talk too. I stopped to take photos of an amazing tree which had its roots system above the ground there was a couple of children playing under it with their granddad. I said to grandma this beats TV any day and she said oh yes. We began to chat, Ben and Julie were there names, and they were English but lived in Spain (rather nice hey). They were over visiting with the grand kids, they use to bring their children her so they thought it was time to bring their grandchildren. Ben was full of stories about the area he told me one about a particular stone, named the barbers stone, It’s called this because there is actually a barber buried underneath it.
Times throughout history people’s curiosity about the stone had got the better of them so in the early 1800s they decided to dig under the stones to see if they could find anything underneath. As the locals took
turns in digging the local barber was the last one to dig that night as he dug the stone dislodged and crushed him underneath it. There was no way they could lift the stone of him so here he lay.
They asked me many questions about home and I asked many about Spain. The two grandsons were very intrigued about the stories I was telling about home. It’s nice to see fresh little faces full of enthusiasm and they had a few questions for me too. Ben also suggested I check out Silbury hill it is a great man made mound with a completely flat top, Julie said they were many stories about how I got there and what it was use for, one of the stories going around that it was used as a landing pad for UFOs ?????????????. Who knows? I did go and have a look and yes it a very large mound of dirt that you can look at from a distance you can’t walk on it anymore, again there has been a lot of interest in the mound so many tunnels were dug there was a plaque which told you about what they found and
it really boils down to several layers of different soils.
I bought myself a little treat on the way out, I asked for a soft serve and there not called soft serve here its just ice cream; please stop confusing the locals Marisa.
On my to Stonehenge I can across Woodhenge ok haven’t heard of this one so I turned off and yes did my thing once again. Woodhenge was discovered by a local archeologist after studding an aerial shot of the area. The site was recreated by using concrete markers where the wood posts once stood. It’s believed the circle was built in the Bronze era it consists of 168 posts, making 6 rings and in the middle was a burial site. There are also two main entrances that weren’t very obvious as they stood at different angles from each other and were a distance from the circle. The entrances were similar to Stonehenge in the sense that they were situated to receive the sun during the summer and winter solstice.
I decided to find my hostel before it got dark, I arrived at fiveish! oh shall I try my luck and see if Stonehenge is open or not.
Yes I will! off I go down the motor way and as I was going down a hill I looked up and I was truly blown away I felt like I was looking at a cinema screen in the distance that’s how surreal the moment was when I spotted Stonehenge. What an amazing site this is, how do you I express the emotions I am feeling, amazement, magical, incredible, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious that about as big as they get. I was literally going nuts inside I quickly parked the car and went to entrance, how much longer are you open I blurted out!, another 45 minutes oh no decisions do I go now do I come back in the morning will 45 min be long enough oh let me think I said to the young man. He looked rather oddly at me I’m kind of getting use to that now. Oh boy oh boy oh boy I decide just do it, I could come back tomorrow if I wanted more time. They gave an audio to listen to which I didn’t even turn on, I was having a full on conversation in my own head there was no way I could concentrate
on an audio. It would have been like annoying child in the back ground. I was off like shot you had to walk under the road and up the ramp and well there it is SHIT BUGGER BUM. This is the most spectacular thing I have ever seen and wow even the sky was having party for me. All I kept saying to myself was I cannot believe this I just cannot believe this, oh my, oh my thank you god for giving me this opportunity to experience this wondrous sight. I walked around it several time snapping my camera away and giggling all way. Once I settled down I just sat in front of the entrance and laid my crystals down on the ground in front of me I truly enjoyed the moment peacefully, graciously, thank fully and I will be forever grateful that I was able to come here to this beautiful country of such history and have the most incredible day in my life my amazing life my appreciation runs soul deep.
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