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Carrot and Coals: Shift…

* The stone is warm beneath her back. Above her the clear blue of the sky is powdered with clouds, barely moving. It is sheltered here in the circle, the earthen banks of the henge protecting the centre from the … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon: Where Paths Converge…

It had been a wonderful day, in spite of the long drive, with the delight of the sparrows on Holy Island and the magnificent stone circle at Duddo as its highlights. By the time we reached the outskirts of Edinburgh, … Continue reading

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Carrot and Coals: Vision-Quest…

* …The key to Arbor Low is to regard the stones as always having been laid flat. That way they immediately begin to speak and the first thing they say has to do with time. Wen ‘got’ a clock-face and … Continue reading

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Carrot and Coals: Maze…

* …There is another important thing with these sites which is not always immediately obvious. It is not a collective thing. It is not simply a case of visiting each and every site and then resting back with feet raised … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon (Part 1) ~ Running Elk

Hand in hand with retelling the story of our weekend in and around Inverurie, Running Elk, who was our guide and shepherd for the weekend, shares his own perceptions. One thing we have learned over the years, is that you … Continue reading

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Carrot and Coals: Earth-Work-Mound…

* The name Arbor Low is of Saxon derivation, originally ‘Eordburh-Hlaw’ meaning the Earth-Work Mound. Wen smiles, “Where did you dig that up from?” “I have my sources, you know.” “As your text only specifies Saxon, are we to presume … Continue reading

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Carrot and Coals: Calling

* …I have to wonder about Wen. Even before the ‘Wen’ thing she was a little too eager to run off to all the farthest flung reaches of the known universe at the drop of a hat. The ‘hat’ in … Continue reading

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Circles Beyond Time ~ The Serpent Stones

We followed the earthen avenue from Gib Hill to the banks of Arbor Low. You do not really get a clear impression of where you are here; the roads climb steadily as they cross the undulating landscape and, by the … Continue reading

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Carrot and Coals: Telling Stone

* …I wait until I see Wen’s shoulders shaking with grief then go and collect her. As I said earlier, I do not really know why she has to keep punishing herself in this way. Foolishly, we walk back along … Continue reading

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Interlude: Looking Back…

The mere idea of “saving the ‘best’ till last” was feeling all too prophetic. Especially as ‘best’ is debatable anyway.’ Most iconic, perhaps, best known worldwide, most unusual… but just ‘best’ is too subjective. From the magic of mountain-girt Castlerigg, … Continue reading

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