Silent sentinels Watch another season pass Keeping their secrets

It seems hardly possible that it is almost a year since Stuart and I headed west and north on a research trip that took us, over the course of nine days, through Cheshire to Wales, up the west coast through Lancashire and Cumbria to Scotland then down the east coast, through Northumberland to Yorkshire. Nine days that took me weeks to write about for the blog, so much had we seen and discovered… nine days that formed the backbone of But ‘n Ben, the first book of Lands of Exile… and added thousands more photographs to the folders on my PC.

The picture above was one of those taken before a snowy dawn at Sandbach, where these crosses have watched the seasons turn for over a thousand years… except when they were broken and hidden during the darker periods of their history.

The sacred sites we have seen… and written about… this year have spanned millennia. As we approach the solstice and the turning of the year towards the light, I cannot help but wonder what the coming year will bring and what mysteries lie waiting in the landscapeย  for us to discover our future in the ancient past.

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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34 Responses to Mysteries

  1. Great post Sue, and a brilliant Haiku ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. We saw some of these crosses in Ireland too. Not as large, but equally mysterious.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Another year flies byโ€ฆ It hardly seems like it has been a year already!


  4. macjam47 says:

    Fascinating photo. I am so in awe of the history you have practically at your doorstep.


  5. Beautifully said and photographed. Appreciate the mystery and wonder you share through your pictures and words.


  6. Angie says:

    What a fascinating trip that must have been!


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  8. You have so much fun adventuring!! Amazing stories, Sue. Wishing you great fun on your adventures in 2016!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Silver Threading says:

    It’s going to be exciting! I can feel the vibrations. ๐Ÿ’—


  10. Meredith says:

    I ashamed to admit, I envy your travels!โ˜บ๏ธ


  11. Lovely Haiku and picture, Sue.—- Suzanne


  12. simonjkyte says:

    The sandbach cross is stunning and so unexpected in the middle of that town


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