There and back … yet again…

SE Ilkley 2015 saturday (193)I finally turned my back on the newly risen sun and headed, reluctantly, for the final stretch of the journey. For the first time in days I would drive alone, without a companion with whom to share my delight in the silent beauty of the morning. In a few hours I would head off to work and then begin to catch up.

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I have shared the past few days with companions of the Silent Eye at an informal weekend. We are now back in our accustomed places, scattered by miles, swallowed by concrete, responsibility and duty.

Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury hackpen worcester (171)

But although the weekend was for the School, we had five days; we drove almost a thousand miles and walked a fair few. From the south to yet further south, then west, north and east… almost, but not quite, coast to coast. We drove through narrow gorges and over high passes, between hedgerows turning to autumn and through purple hills that held on to the last days of summer.

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We walked across moorland, through heather and bracken, over tumbled stone and amongst those placed and carved by ancient hands. There were standing stones and circles… white horses carved into hillsides…dawns, sunsets, rivers and old churches on misty mornings.

Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury hackpen worcester (198)

We saw the hawk and the skylark rise and heard grouse fill the air with unearthly sound. We waited for sheep to cross the road and saw dragons curling in clouds touched by all the colours of flame and rainbow.

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We drove through rain and pale light and were kissed by the sun in the hills. We dreamed, talked, wandered and wondered, seeking to understand minds far older than ours, ancestors so far distant that all we know of the world fades into irrelevance… a lost language of the land that modern logic alone cannot comprehend.

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For a few days the world stopped for us… and now we are back. Not unchanged, though. To our small store of knowledge we have added new grains of experience. Such a journey cannot but leave its mark written in the language of beauty and mystery.

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 014

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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69 Responses to There and back … yet again…

  1. Awww, if only…there must be a good reason I chose to be born in the states, haven’t quite figured it out yet 😉

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  2. Allie P. says:

    gorgeous photos.


  3. Such wonderful photos, beautiful places with glorious autumnal colours. Stunning Sue 🙂


  4. Beautiful, beautiful country! Indeed, such a journey would leave a mark. Thanks for sharing part of it with us.


  5. amreade says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and photos!


  6. socialbridge says:

    Ah Sue, the scenery, as you’ve captured it, is divine.


  7. Darcy says:

    Ah yes, the sky dragons….can be rather intense. We have those here in the US, by the way ….


  8. Mary Smith says:

    Beautiful, Sue, both the pictures and the words – and a sense of wellbeing.


  9. Susan Scott says:

    Those photos! Quite breathtaking! Thank you Sue …


  10. Beautiful is indeed a magical land 😌


  11. Such peaceful beauty!


  12. Ritu says:

    Beautiful pictures!!! ☺


  13. I know you tell me everyone has magic wherever they live, but I think you have just a teeny-tiny bit more. Gorgeous, Sue!


  14. Such wondrous natural beauty cannot fail to uplift and strengthen. Thank you for sharing with us x


  15. This was a beautiful respite after a chaotic day. Thanks, it’s much appreciated.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you.. it was a beautiful trip. My apologies for the delay in responding, WordPress chose to send several people, including yourself, to my spam folder for reasons I cannot imagine!


  16. Both your description and your photography transported me. It’s like another world…


  17. Eliza Waters says:

    Your photos capture nature’s beauty so well, it is almost like being there. Glad you had a good journey.


  18. noelleg44 says:

    Such a varied and beautiful journey. Thanks for the ride!


  19. reocochran says:

    You take my breath away with the mist and peach tones of the sun hiding along with all the beautiful scenery, Sue.


  20. Obi says:

    so so wonderful,so enriching,so beautiful,i really dreamed along those words and pix,what a reward it all was and what a reward you are Sue.Thanks and welcome back.


  21. jenanita01 says:

    Thanks for this interesting sojourn, Sue. Made me want to switch off the PC and get out of doors. Nowhere as lovely mind you, but our local pond is always worth a visit!


  22. macjam47 says:

    Sue, your photos are fabulous. Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey.


  23. Sue, breathtaking photos and words… I am always amazed at the beauty you share. Thank you! ❤


  24. Ali Isaac says:

    Looks wonderful, Sue. 😊


  25. Helen Jones says:

    Such a beautiful post, Sue – both the words and the images 🙂


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