Category Archives: Heart of Albion

Fragments of history

Over the past month or so, we have been revisiting places in my local area in preparation for the April workshop we will be running here. There are so many wonderful sites that we would love to include, but time … Continue reading

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Terms of Endearment

I have had many nicknames over the years, from the inevitable adolescent reflections on my anatomy, an avenue we will not explore here thank-you-very-much, to the classically inspired… and just about everything in between.  Most have had a literary inspiration, … Continue reading

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A Thousand Miles of History XXXXVII: Somewhere old, something new…

Instead of driving to the Red Lion as is our ‘tradition’ when coming back from these research trips via Avebury, we decided, for a change, to stop at the pub on the outskirts of the great monument. There was no … Continue reading

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Time Slip… Stuart France

…Dusk falls quickly as the mists in autumn and here in the sheltered valley the light is fading. The thin grass is wet and dew-cold as they alight from their ponies, setting them to graze and drink from the wide, … Continue reading

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An unexpected guide

The hill was barely visible through the sudden mist that had descended to shroud the morning, a hill we needed to climb. There was, though, no sign of a path by which to reach it…and no-one in this wild landscape … Continue reading

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Find the path…

Picture the scene… two o’clock in the morning… a half empty wine bottle on the table… the dog snoring on the sofa, her ball forgotten for a little while… and my companion picks up the book and begins to read … Continue reading

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When a thousand years is but a breath…

After several days away from the keyboard, I am back and beginning the long process of catching up. Even after some seriously severe pruning, the inboxes are blossoming and the emails seem to be setting seed and cross pollinating quicker … Continue reading

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This picture was taken in early spring last year, just as the world began to warm itself in the pale sunlight. The place was Pilton, a little village near Glastonbury with a legendary history as big as a heart. It … Continue reading

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Meeting a friend…

I was conscious that my profile pic, fixed and recognisable as it is across various sites and book covers, is a couple of years old. The hair is no longer blazing red and now curls to my shoulders in its … Continue reading

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Little gems – Ibstone

I’m grounded. The car, minus its MOT, sits forlornly on the drive awaiting its appointment at the garage first thing on Monday. I am limited to where I can go with rural transport and I am severely missing my wheels. … Continue reading

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