|Stoney Littleton Long barrow, and though you cannot see it, one of the stones at the entrance is an ammonite stone.|
I can't resist it! Pat has just mentioned her Langdale Axe found on the farm. Part of my life was devoted to prehistory. The old heavy stones hauled from quarries to stand in lines or circles, or to build a Neolithic tomb, they excited me. It was the immense old age of the stone first used by man as a tool or covering for their dead. They stood on the landscape, enigmatic, holding the secrets of the past.
|A polished greenstone Langdale Axe is a thing of great beauty.|
So Pat's mention of an axe brought to mind Michael Botts and Rupert Soskin's epic journey round this country visiting prehistoric sites. I have sat quietly spell bound on the Preseli Hills knowing that this was one of the pathways from Ireland to England that our ancestors trod. I will believe quite happily that the bluestones of Stonehenge came from this area, how they hauled the stones to the sea is beyond my comprehension.
Stonehenge, Avebury and Stanton Drew I have wandered round, in all kind of weathers, one favourite just outside Bath is Stoney Littleton Long barrow a place of retreat for me when home life got too much. There are thousands of sites around, and if you would venture to Europe, as far away as Russia or even to Japan you would see the same fashioned cromlechs that you find in this country.
So a 'blooper' short video of the two above. A blooper video by the way Pat is all the bad 'takes'. As someone who has dug in all kind of weathers, traipsed over moors in cold and rain I know exactly how Rupert Soskin feels. Though I expect he has never stood on Hadrian's Wall with a kicking baby still inside him as I did, and wondered if I was about to give birth in the cold.
Standing With Stones, the long movie is also there as well, with the funny bits cropped. It never made it as a television programme, but the two of them seemed to have a good time in their camper van. The Langdale stone quarry is difficult to get to, and is featured at 9 minutes into the Blooper video, in the mist.