Five day photo challenge 3 – Avebury

Avebury (14)

Day 2 of the challenge and I’m cheating. This one was taken a while ago. On the other hand, this is where I actually am… and I hope the weather is as good.

We… the Silent Eye and friends… are playing out in Avebury and the surrounding countryside. This is one of our informal workshops, unstructured in many ways, where we explore and follow whatever song the moment sings.  We spend so much of our daily lives tied to necessity and schedule, from taking out the dog to work and meals. These weekends follow no such plan and largely ignore any other clock than the impulsion of intuition.

The first stones of the circles of Avebury date back, it is thought, around 5,000 years. No-one, of course, knows exactly what they were built for, though theories abound from the driest scientific to the most oddball ideas. My own opinion is that man would not have gone to all that effort, working together for so long and using the most primitive of tools, unless they saw the work as being hugely important. It certainly isn’t purely defensive; though the deep ditch and rampart around the outer circle would undoubtedly have been able to serve in that manner. It would have also made a perfect amphitheatre for watching what went on within the stones. The Avenue that guards a processional way across the fields, lined with enormous uprights was probably, I think, more than just a road. And I’m fairly sure there can be no comfortably domestic explanation for the great pyramid of Silbury Hill… similar in size to the pyramids of Giza and yet made entirely of earth and stone that was once mirrored in the ‘moat’ below. And this is without the vast scale of the surounding landscape, with so many connecting sites and burials….

Today there is a village built entirely within the circle of stones, a pub… a church… tea shops and tourists…but there is something more, something that radiates from earth and stone and which defies any attempt to dismiss it. It is a very special place… and for the next few days, I will be calling this landscape home.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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21 Responses to Five day photo challenge 3 – Avebury

  1. davidprosser says:

    Cheating or not it’s a fabulous photograph of a wonderful place.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  2. Mary Smith says:

    If you are in the Red Lion say hello to Joe from me. He’s working there for the summer and his mum and I are best friends.


  3. jenanita01 says:

    Yes, we have been there and it is a truly magical place. Looking forward to visiting it again with you, Sue…?

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beautiful, and you’re not really cheating. I’m doing the same challenge and using older pics as well. ☺ Van


  5. Darcy says:

    Have a GREAT time!!!


  6. I love all the mystery those places hold, and though never having visited, I can imagine the magic. It must feel like a gateway through time. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Looks and sounds wonderful. Have a great weekend 🙂


  8. blondeusk says:

    Lovely 🙂


  9. Eliza Waters says:

    Sounds like a fun weekend, exploring in good company. Hope the weather is fine!


  10. Ali Isaac says:

    What a place! I’ve been there once, but really, looking back, I didn’t truly appreciate it, although I thought I did at the time.


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