Albion, ancient sites, Archaeology, Art, Books, Don and Wen, Sue Vincent

Dear Don: But ‘n’ Ben…

Dear Don,

The odd thing is that although the starting point for Erin made absolute sense at the time… I can barely grasp how at this point. Not because I can’t see how… but the crystal clarity of the moment is fuzzed. No doubt all will become clear… and maybe that was all we needed anyway… just a sense of direction and connection to make a start.

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 070I’m sort of hoping it might mean we end up having to visit Iona too… I wonder would be a but ‘n’ ben there…?

Mind you, if our journeys and adventures so far are anything to go by, wherever we think we are heading will not be where we end up, but as with everything, we have to start somewhere. And tracking down the Bean Sidhe for an interview could be a tad difficult… even though it wouldn’t be the first time a “woman of the barrows” has walked through our story…

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 035Speaking of barrows, had you come across Adam’s Grave long barrow near Avebury? Destroyed for the most part now, sadly, though the mound and ditches remain. Apparently in AD 592, Coel and Caewlin, fought beside it and at the time it was known as Wodnesbeorg. It seems Coel might be our ‘King Cole’ too from some cursory research… I’m assuming that refers to Woden… which makes its renaming to Adam’s grave interesting, don’t you think?

There’s the Alton Barnes White Horse close by too… only 19thC that one, but impressive by the looks of it.

Nick Birds SE Ilkley 2015 uffington avebury cropton Helmsley 027We really are going to have to explore the area better at some point, I feel.

There’s so much to see… I think we need an extension on the three score years and ten malarkey.

The Beast is not happy at present. My current diet does not meet with approval. N013 - Copyot enough cheese, by all accounts. Not that it lets me off the hook for sharing… I’ve never known a Beast with such eclectic tastes.


Wen and Anu x

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