Well I started to write, in fact had finished some words on the Bronze Age barrows, at Nine barrows and Ashen Hill Barrows, and then went to publish it and all those words had disappeared, except for a paragraph. So I will start again not about early B/A barrows, though it is an interesting subject but I have been over the landscape in my mind with dear old Moss and it is not worth repeating.
It also fulfilled something I had read about in a Guardian article this morning, and that is Curiosity. Which leads to a better frame of mind and happiness so I am told, a bit like the hobbies people have been talking about in the blogs.
The weather is that mixture of sunshine and rain, the mistle thrush has been in the garden, think there are also some young around and there was a couple of goldfinch as well. Carrot/sweet potato soup is cooking on the hob, I love the colours and a dash of cream always suits the final spin.
I have tackled the phone, hate talking to people but it has to be done. It was Scotland yesterday, and their lovely Scottish brogue needed a great deal of concentration. Oxfam in Helmsley will take my old antiquarian books which is a relief. Why have I hung on to them I wonder? Because they look pretty in the bookcase, someone else can enjoy that experience now.
A couple of photos. The top photo shows the bullocks we had to walk through, Moss on a lead and as I look at this scene where did that nonchalance come from. Walking on my own except for a dog was quite natural to me, what if those creatures had attacked though? The subject of women walking alone, especially after that policewoman out of uniform was attacked and killed whilst walking her dog recently, was perhaps a one off. It happens, but then get in a car, who knows what will happen on the drive.
Early Bronze Age barrows, highlighted by golden grass.
Well one of the things yesterday on my mind was around Swallet holes. To be found on the Mendips because of the porous nature of the limestone. There is a large underground of water and rivers that can be found in the caves. But I had already written a lot about them, never quite getting to that feeling or at least explanation of their use in a ritual landscape, and after all was it a ritual landscape? The four Priddy Henges point to this not very far from the barrows, and it could be that these henges were situated by or near the henges. Swallets being a place to deposit stuff.