North to south

There was barely a pause for breath between the journey back from the north and a new journey south. Time seems to have run away this month, I find myself writing about events three weeks late and with so much more yet to tell! We were going south to spend the weekend with friends.We would stay with Alienora, catch up with Morgana and get to spend time with dear friends from the US. As all this was going to take place in Glastonbury, and at Beltane too, there was a lot to look forward to.

Even the drive south from here is exciting; we pass so many places that have played a part in our journey to today. The White Horse of Uffington, on the horizon, marks the entry to a magical landscape, where mysteries abound and unfold. The road takes you past hillforts and barrows…and onwards to Marlborough. We stopped for coffee in the church before passing yet another white horse carved into the hillside beyond Merlin’s Mound.

And the next stop is always Avebury. It is impossible to simply drive past. Whether it is a simple pause to pay our respects to Silbury Hill, a walk up to West Kennet or a visit to the stones of the circle and Avenue, we have to stop.

This time it was the circle. It does not matter how many times you visit, the ancient stones that have danced here for millennia always reveal something new…and although they always seem to sing the same song, they are constantly changing tune with the light and the seasons.

It is always astonishing too, to walk amongst the stones and marvel at the sheer scale of the construction. The stones themselves are so big it is impossible to not to wonder how, and yet, there is never more than a fraction of the site visible and the complex of linked sites of which they form a part is mind-boggling in its scale.

On every hill, it seems, there are barrows, naked or hidden in groves of trees, many of them yet to be excavated. Finds have placed humans in this landscape for at least nine thousand years and the traces of our ancestral past still remain, intriguing and raising more questions than we will ever answer.

Stonehenge lies just seventeen miles south of Avebury and, in between, further sites link what could be a truly vast complex of social and spiritual sites. There seem to be few limits to the vision of our ancestors… yet the prevailing image is still that of crude and unsophisticated builders in stone. Walk amongst the remnants of their creation and you cannot help but feel we are the ones missing the point through a blinkered vision.

 

 

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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37 Responses to North to south

  1. Ritu says:

    I can see many a photo from this trip that may serve well as #writephoto prompts in the future Sue!

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  2. That last photo makes the guy look like he has angel’s wings. Trick of the light. Wow!

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  3. Helen Jones says:

    When I saw this post I thought ‘I recognise those stones!’ Lovely photos Sue and yes, I agree, there is far more to these ancient landscapes than simply people moving stones around. It’s a sadness that most of the knowledge has been lost. Happy travels! 🙂

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  4. Kieran says:

    Very nice photos 🙂

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  5. jenanita01 says:

    It must be amazing to live so close to those huge stones…

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  6. Sue, I am so grateful you share your part of the world with us. I appreciate it so!

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  7. amreade says:

    Wonderful virtual trip! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

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  8. Widdershins says:

    The person and the Stone in that last photo seem to be having quite the conversation. 🙂

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  9. Jennie says:

    And I thought we had huge rock and stone in New England! To be next to such an enormous rock, centuries old (well, more), must be humbling.

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  10. You certainly live in a fascinating area. The people, the architecture, the stones, the history, they mythology. Wow.

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  11. Rae Longest says:

    Beautiful photos. Our part of Texas is so flat and so young.

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