Category Archives: Ancient sites

Sleeping Giant…

…After watching the, again, somewhat recalcitrant sun-up, we decide to head back for breakfast via the cluster of, albeit haphazardly, positioned stones which we have come to call ‘the recumbents’. This is something of a risk, as we do not … Continue reading

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Forty-Five Degrees of Separation… Stuart France

* There’s here And there’s there… Nobody knows quite what or where there is Everybody thinks they know what and where here is… Continue reading at Stuart France

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North-easterly: In face of history

We could hardly spend so much time in the churchyard at Rudston without visiting the church. While the Monolith alone was worth the long detour from our route home,  we were quite interested to see what kind of place had … Continue reading

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Father Bear… Stuart France

Pentre Ifan * Which translates, ‘Ivan’s Village’ but was also formerly known as, ‘Arthur’s Quoit’. Another ‘quoit’, and only a few miles away from the last one. This seems, if anything, a little unimaginative. Or, alternatively, it could signal a … Continue reading

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Baby Bear… Stuart France

Carreg Coetan Arthur *  Otherwise, ‘Arthur’s Quoit.’ Of which there are a goodly number dotted about our Blessed Isles. Which makes me wonder… It is hard not to regard this Arthur as a giant too. And indeed the folk record … Continue reading

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North-easterly: Sidetracked and gobsmacked

We had chosen to take a very long route home for one simple reason… there was something we wanted to see that was never going to be on our way to anywhere. So the possible three hour journey took us … Continue reading

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Mother Bear… Stuart France

Carreg Samson * With a total disregard for tradition we tackled our ‘just right bowl of porridge’ first . It is strange to say, perhaps, but this particular conglomeration of, once covered but now exposed, structured stone did not, initially, … Continue reading

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Stanton Drew ~ Stuart France

* Names matter. For practical purposes they are like elephants and flowing water. They follow the shortest, flatest path to wherever they are going, and en route the jagged edges first get smoothed and then get worn away. In this … Continue reading

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North-easterly VII: A final grace

“…Manifest thy light for my regeneration, and let the breadth, height, fullness and crown of the solar radiance appear, and may the within shine forth!” Abbe de Villars, ‘The Comte de Gabalis’ “We’ve just got to the top of the … Continue reading

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Practical Geometry… Stuart France

* ‘My goal is to teach practical geometry to our students, not as something new, but rather as a collation of older scattered material. Say what you will. I think our predecessors worked miracles. They had immense energy, and tried … Continue reading

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