Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Jones (or the archaeological dog)…

I thought we were just going for a walk… but then she opened the car. “In you go, girlie,” she says. “You’re going on an adventure!”  She put my seat belt on and told me to settle down as it was a long drive. No chance of that! Normally, when I go in the car, it means I am going to see my friends…but we were going the wrong way. Looks like she was right…adventures, here I come! But, we were driving for ages… though she said it wasn’t all that far. I admit, I got a bit excited. “Oho,” says the ball-guy. “Two of them squeaking now…” Apparently, she squeaks when she gets excited too. Especially when there are stones. And, when we finally got there…there were lots of stones. I couldn’t wait to get out!

“Rollright,” she told me. Now, I know a bit about Rollright, ‘cause the ball-guy had been reading a book called ‘The Old Sod,’ which I thought was about her, but he said not.  It is by Alan Richardson, and ‘pparently, it’s about William Gray, and he’d had some strange and wonderful visions at the stone circle. I remember her telling me that she did too, so I’d found out a bit about the place.

First, we went to look out over the village of Long Compton, where a witch told a king that if he took seven long strides and could see the village, he would be King of England. The rise in the land stopped him and he failed the test. He was turned to stone and became the King Stone, while some of his men became the Whispering Knights.

Well, that’s a good story, and no doubt those two would be talking about ‘seven league boots’ again, but the King Stone is much younger than the rest of the site. It has only been standing there for about three and a half thousand years, but the Whispering Knights and the circle are much older than that! I had a look at the barrow that’s there too, and that goes back about four thousand years. There are a lot of ancient burials and cremations around the stones, including those of children, but one chamber in the cairn has never been excavated… so who knows what still lies within?

She did keep telling me, though, that any bones I found while we are at the site were not to be chewed… As if I was thinking about bones! They had brought a bowl and plenty of water for me, and treats and ham and stuff, but I was way too excited to eat! I don’t often get to go on these long adventures and I wanted to make the most of it.

So, we saw the King Stone and I paid my respects. I also met a Labrador…and I did not dematerialise out of my harness to go speak to him, whatever she may say. I just have a Houdini streak and she said there were too many dogs and people to let me off the leash.

Then we walked down to the Whispering Knights. The stones lean together like people bending to hear each other, but they are all that remains of a dolmen, a burial chamber where a huge capstone is balanced on top of upright stones. The dolmen is nearly six thousand years old and the most ancient part of the site.

From here you can see the stone circle that most people come to see and that was our last stop. The circle is also called the King’s Men and is supposed to be the army of the king who was turned to stone. They still get together though, some nights, and wander down to Long Compton to drink, or so they say.

The stones are really interesting… full of shapes and forms, and full of holes. They wouldn’t let me go inside, though. ‘No dogs allowed in the circle’, they said…but it was okay for two-legses to climb on the stones, even though they have been there for four and a half thousand years.  My two-legses were not at all happy about that.

So, they walked me around the outside of the stones, so I could feel them for myself. I do love these places! We dogs have the Long Remembering of our kind, passed from dam to pup. Maybe these old stones hold the memory of your kind, in case you ever forget who you are.

There was one last thing to see… a sculpture of the Three Fairies, made from woven willow, ivy, lime and hazel. She says it was made by Adam and David Gosling, and inspired by a painting by William Blake. The sculpture stands here because the fairies come out of the hill below the King Stone at night, to dance amongst the stones. I bet they would have let me in…

Then they took me back to the car and I didn’t really want to go home as I was loving my adventure!

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“Don’t worry, girlie,” she says. “The adventure is not over yet.”

Well, I perked up at that and got in the car, good as gold. “We’re taking you somewhere else now…” And ‘pparently, it was somewhere even they had never been!

Whoo hoo!

Much love,

Ani xxx

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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77 Responses to Notes from a small dog: IndieAni Jones (or the archaeological dog)…

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  2. What an adventure!! I wish I was Ani!! 💕

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  3. Ritu says:

    Oh Ani! You are so knowledgeable!

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  4. Sounds like a fun adventure! I hate that “no dogs allowed” rule humans have in some places.

    Lots of licks,
    Lilie

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  5. ksbeth says:

    indiani jones is unstoppable!

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  6. jenanita01 says:

    This is one place I wish I could have joined you, Anni!

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  7. Love it from Ani’s perspective. The Three Fairies are terrific!

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  8. barbtaub says:

    Can’t wait to hear about the rest of IndieAni’s adventures!

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  9. Ani, I loved traveling to the whispering stones with you. DID you hear any whispers, or were you too busy racing around? What a fabulous place to explore.

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  10. Oh, Ani, you post was a delight to read. Looks like you had some friends there that maybe the people could not see 😉 Those stones are something else. Last night I dreamt your mum took me to Casterligg and there was a “king” and “queen” stone near the entrance to the circle. The Queen winked at me, so I figured maybe that was a good sign 😉 It’s not always fun to wake from these dreams, though. Makes me homesick. ❤

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  11. Darlene says:

    What a fun adventure, Ani! You gave us such a great description. I felt like I was there with you.

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  12. colonialist says:

    Amazing stones. Pity they need to be fenced.

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Finally! A jaunt where you are included, Ani. And a very special adventure, by the looks of it, too.

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  14. dgkaye says:

    OMG you are too cute Ani! ‘Pparently, you make a wonderful tour guide!!! ❤ xx

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  15. Widdershins says:

    Silly modern humans not letting dogs go where dogs have always gone … and of course it’s the silly modern humans not being good guardians for their four-leggeds that caused the situation in the first place.

    You got some magnificent photos of the Stone People though. Well done. 😀

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      ‘Not allowed’ for sanitary reasons, one imagines … but it is okay for adults to let their children climb all over the stones themselves…
      I wish people would realise how lucky we are to have these sites, open and accessible. And realise that they are still held by many as sacred places.

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  16. What a lovely adventure for you all. I love the stories attached to these stones and places.

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  17. And about those bones that Ani found …

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  18. Jennie says:

    I’m so glad you had a good time, Ani. I know you wanted to find bones, but that would hot have been a good thing.

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  19. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Ani that was so interesting I loved the light and the Knights all turned to stone. And your two legs, photos are amazing 💜💜💜

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  20. Adele Marie says:

    Excellent adventure Ani. I got to go on one too. I was headed for the groomer a lady called Aunty Emily never been before but she had two doggies and I made friends. By the time my two legs came back I was groomed washed and had my new red bandana around my neck. So we gets in the car and two leg Adele starts spouting on about the land, saying there were stones here once and roundhouses. I was impressed she knew that. We do cause of our memories but she’s a two-leg. Anway when we got back home she looks it up and she was right. I could’ve told her that but she just thought I needed out. lol Much paw love, Dante the Dawg. xxx

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  21. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Something from sweet Ani 😉 x

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  22. noelleg44 says:

    Ani, you are a wonderful tour guide and I’m glad to see you were enjoying the trip to the fullest. Did you get to chase any tennis balls?

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  23. These rocks really seem to come alive right in front of us. I could see faces and bodies of people sitting as if leaning toward each other. Truly amazing and it was fun to go along with Ani too!!!

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