New Light on an Old Monument…

Yorkshire, Ilkley Moor, September 14th 2022…



A mixture of administrative mishap and impromptu decision making found us once

again in the beer garden of the Cow & Calf Hotel on the lip of Ilkley Moor to mark what

would have been Sue’s sixty-fourth birthday…


Needless to say, we were greeted

by the sight of a red kite

soaring on the thermals in the sky overhead.


We watched for a time as the kite

defended its air-space from an encroaching buzzard.


…It was a fitting enough place to be

as Sue had nurtured a life-long love of the moor and we had

developed what became the Landscape Weekend Workshops

over the course of a number of exciting sojourns here.


This time I was determined to get a comparable photograph

of what we had come to call,

The Sleeping Giant, the monument

which Sue discovered on the fringes of her beloved

childhood haunt…


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Sue’s original photograph.


This, though, was not going to be easy…


A similar mission in April, earlier this year, had

ended in abject failure…

And on the journey down here, this time, my thoughts turned to

why that should have been the case.


The monument, seemingly,

only reveals itself from a precise spot, and angle, on the moor

and on the morning of its first discovery

we also had the boon of a heavy mist to dampen

any accompanying distractions to its cunningly arranged form.


On the day, the closest we got to Sue’s original ‘shot’. Wrong angle, wrong height, too close… other than that!


Although the early autumn sun was a welcome surprise and added an unexpected

dimension to our day out, it was unlikely to aid the successful completion of the mission in

hand, in fact it was more than likely to hinder such an outcome.


The unusually good summer too, it transpired,

was also conspiring to render any hopes of

a comparable image futile.


The bracken when we got onto the moor,

and in range of the monument, was still

running… well, rampant, actually,

and its wild growth was obscuring most of what could

be seen of our prostrate giant.



‘Bugger!’ as Sue would have said…

and then, ‘Not to worry, we get what we get…’


What we, in fact, got was yet another,

potentially, mind blowing revelation…


Head, arm, fulsome breast, protruding belly, and lower limbs…


From this angle the monument looks like nothing less

than a recumbent, feminine form,

and if that is, indeed, what it is,

it might mean that our sleeping giant, is in fact,

slumbering within the womb of a goddess?…


And that, my friends, means that this monument

could be regarded as illustrating at least two-thirds

of the birth/death/re-birth process…


Cool, huh?



I dare say,

Sue might well have thought so…


About Stuart France

Writer and Director of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School.
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6 Responses to New Light on an Old Monument…

  1. KL Caley says:

    Beautiful photos and wonderful revelation. The moors always feel like they have secrets to reveal. KL ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So sorry we couldn’t be there, Stuart. Looks like it was a meaningful day.

    Liked by 1 person

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