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Dear Don: ‘The Dark Virgin’…

Dear Don… Thought you might like to see what has been happening at the Virgin of the Ridge since last we were there. I can’t believe the change in the place since we wrote about it in The Initiate and … Continue reading

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Green grow the rushes O’ III…

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A Riddle… Stuart France

* Dark the frame and dark the spur About the light which shines over there. * Lost to memory, lost to time Good and great cut down in their prime. * Ever the longing, we yearn to know Traversing the … 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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St Michael de Rupe… Stuart France

* “It is something of a ‘dream come true’ to be here, looking at this.” “In all its technicolour glory.” “Traditionally, Michael is depicted either ‘slaying’, or ‘fixing’, or as we might say, ‘drawing’,  or even ‘tickling’, the dragon, or, … Continue reading

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The Rock of Brentor… Stuart France

* ‘…A church, full bleak, and weather beaten, all alone, as it were forsaken…’ * “St Michael de Rupe?” “St Michael the Rock.” “I thought St Peter was supposed to be the ‘Rock’?” * * “The rock referred to here, … Continue reading

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Signatures III… Stuart France

* … Just then there is a flurry of wings, and squawks and screeches overhead and we turn our attention skyward in time to see an enormous buzzard chasing off two ravens from the precincts of Uffington Castle. “Oh, Don … Continue reading

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Signatures II… Stuart France

* … The hollow of Dragon Hill affords a stunning vista of the Manger and the Giant’s Stairs. From this vantage the sheer scale of the site starts to impinge upon my consciousness. I concur with Wen that the laity … Continue reading

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Signatures… Stuart France

* Back in the low slung car I stare into the gloom. A quiet has descended with the mist. It is the silence that preludes any portentous event. The car lurches and veers suddenly and we bounce up a dirt … Continue reading

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A Day’s walk?… Stuart France

* …”The why, is always the same.” “In order to connect, or to make whole?” “And in order to then participate in that wholeness.” “Which is connection.” “They call Glastonbury England’s ‘holiest erthe’.” Continue reading Stuart France

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