On Saturday I went to Avebury again. This time jackiesjottingsactually arrived (!) and we had a splendid day. The weather was gorgeous and my head and arms went pink. The scale of Avebury is really difficult to grasp unless you actually witness it. It is the largest ancient stone circle in the world and actually has a whole village nestling within it. In fact it is a series of stone circles, avenues and a huge bank and ditch which goes beyond impressive and out the other side!
Avebury works on many levels. It is a great place to visit just to look around, to see the kinds of things our ancestors were capable of doing thousands of years ago. It also has a spiritual aspect to it and an iconic status. Sadly for us, though a great thing in the grand scheme of things, one whole section of the banking and stone circle was out of bounds on Saturday while people are working on it to sure it up and prevent erosion from the many thousands of pairs of feet that clamber over it each week. While Stonehenge is impressive for what it is, for what it represents and for its immediate recognisability by most people, Avebury takes the prize for its sheer scale. It is a wonderful place.
Here are some photos that I took on Saturday.
The pub, where we had lunch.
Tai Chiing people
My favourite stone. I love the shape and the 'carving' at its heart.
Stone, bank, ditch and sheep.
Standing stone and complimentary tree.
The Ring had an outing too.
One of the locals.
Not as ancient as the stones, but still an ancient gate.
Detail of the bank, in need of a trim.
Jackie. Do you recognise this stone? I believe it was very popular with you!
I love the field pattern on the distant hillside (and the stone as well, of course.)
Looking along the stones marking out one of the avenues. Wonderful clouds too.
Grass, stone and sky.
Big Avebury sky.