A Thousand Miles of History XLIX: Back to the future…

We went back once more to where it all began. Paying our respects to Dragon Hill, the ancient White Horse and the hillfort known as Uffington Castle, we left the car and the world behind and walked to Wayland’s Smithy.

I have written so often of this place, we had been here just a couple of weeks earlier with our friend, Gary Vasey, but it is a place of which I could never tire. Not only for the wonderful long barrow and its standing stones, or the beautiful glade and peaceful setting, but for the affirmation that we did indeed find a path on our very first visit together, and have stayed on it ever since, even though it took us a while to realise what was happening.

For that I am grateful. We have had the most wonderful adventures over the past five years, both within the work of the Silent Eye and through our own exploration of the ancient and sacred landscape of these isles. It is a path I hope to follow until my feet will carry me no further; a path that has brought me nothing but joy.

After a week in the land, our eyes, and perhaps more than that, were attuned to the stones. They were alive in some indefinable way and the faces and figures within them danced for us… or with us. At one with their beauty and with the inner life of the land, we saw the entrance to the inner chamber lit golden by the sun, a fleeting reminder of the lightshow we had witnessed at Bryn Celli Ddu.

We had nothing to do, no purpose except love, no need except presence, touched by the benediction of the spirit of the place. Although we were reluctant for the journey to end, it was the perfect way for this chapter to close, knowing that a new one would begin. As we left, even the stones were smiling…

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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 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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31 Responses to A Thousand Miles of History XLIX: Back to the future…

  1. So interesting, Sue. What a lovely holiday.


  2. Mary Smith says:

    Thank you for letting me accompany you on such a wonderful journey.


  3. Patty says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.


  4. gmvasey says:

    Quite possibly my favorite place on the planet – and my favorite people too….


  5. Darlene says:

    Such an amazing journey. Thanks for sharing it with us. xo


  6. I remember seeing the horse and finding it fascinating (but hard to photograph!) and I remember it was old. What I don’t remember is HOW old. You have a pretty solid grip on things around you, so I’m hoping you know more than the books I’ve looked at. Our National Geographics magazine says maybe 3,0000 years.

    We spend a fair bit of time down that way since ex-hubby was born in the Lake Country, but raised in Somerset.


  7. Jennie says:

    Even the stones were smiling…lovely post, beautiful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Widdershins says:

    You’ve done your ancestors proud. 😀


  9. Alli Templeton says:

    Inspiring post and beautifully written. I haven’t been to Waylands Smithy yet, but I now want to go. The long barrow looks amazing. We recently visited Belas Knap and that was wonderful and imposing, but this looks even better. Thanks for sharing.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Belas Knap is a fabulous site, up there on the hill, and is probably more imposing and in many ways more interesting. But of the two, Waylands would be my choice every time. There is an intimacy about the place and a ‘feel’ to it…

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      • Alli Templeton says:

        That’s a definite then! Yes, Belas Knap does occupy a particularly majestic and beautiful spot. I know what you mean by a ‘feel’. I get that a lot in castles and medieval sites. I’m looking forward to Waylands Smithy now. Thanks for the steer.


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