and getting friendly with the stones
15.08.2009 - 15.08.2009 22 °C
Recently I have been busy moving back into my house in Southampton after the great flood of 2009 (which occurred in January). It's taken a long long time to get to this point. The insurance company had been trying to keep costs down and were stubbornly trying to avoid having to replace £20,000 worth of parquet flooring. However no amount of industrial dryers could get the damp out, so a few weeks ago The Hampshire Floor company (a very good company) moved in and I am now the proud owner of a brand new oak parquet floor.
In the meantime, and to help break the monotony of unpacking, I took a side trip to Avebury, which is a fantastic example of a stone circle, much better than the tourist trap of Stonehenge. I wandered round the stones and took a trip with Hoobs, my new friend, along the ridgeway, an ancient track that winds itself up over the downs nearby. It's amazing how cathartic a summer day can be when you are out on the Wiltshire Downs.
For those of you who don't know, Avebury was constructed some 5,000 years ago, nobody really knows why. There are over 100 square miles of neolithic sites around the area including Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Avenue and Windmill Hill to name a few..not forgetting the stone circle that completely surrounds the village of Avebury itself. The Red lion pub in the centre of the village is the only pub in the world inside a stone circle.
Dowsing between the rocks along the avenue, Hoobs sat patiently and waited whilst it was proved that the ancient Pagans knew exactly what they were doing when placing the stones. Each time a stone was passed, the copper rods crossed over..quite spooky.