Sunshine and warmth have returned to the UK, for one final blast of Summer before Autumn proper arrives. We had been talking last week about the things we missed most this year- because we moved closer to family we have actually spent more time with them than we have in a long time, for that we are blessed. I have missed doing things on the spur of the moment, museums ( the smaller and quirkier the better) and visiting churches. Mr E has missed car boot sales and visiting gardens and having a drink in a pretty cafe. Our sons btw have missed going to football matches!
Anyway Monday dawned bright and beautiful and after a little research realised we could do something on the spur of moment and take in a cafe!
So eveyone has heard of Stonehenge, Avebury Ring also in Wiltshire is also a henge. It’s a question of come early because once the car park is full you are asked not to visit. We were there soon after the carpark opened at 11am. We have been before when visiting our son , but over the February half term break when frankly it is cold. Monday was perfect.
Now as you can see some artistic recreation has happened, but even so it is still a very special place.
The remaining standing stones are huge.
And the sweep of the ditches impressive. Having spent time this summer trying to dig through our garden built on similiar terrain all I can say is they must have been pretty strong to hack through the ground, which is solid chalk and flint.
From the top of the bank looking back to the centre- the people give you a sense of the scale.
The view looking over the rolling hills of Wiltshire. the henge is now cut into two by a road. We crossed over and went round the smaller section. I was amused by this tree- it’s an old pollarded ash tree and is in a fragile state, the notice said Keep Out on the fence- no-one told the sheep though.
After our walk, we went to the cafe for coffee and flapjacks- so we had a lovely morning doing some of the things we had missed. I’ll write about what we did after coffee in another post.
Meantime aside from family, friends, hugs etc, what have you missed this year, and have you found a way of doing them at all?