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Sanctuary
Sanctuary
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Edited Aug 28, 2017, 18:16
Re: or better not to travel at all
Aug 28, 2017, 18:14
[quote="moss"]

Such a long way down to Cornwall, though of course it is on the other side of the rich divide of the South. And of course, I am always sworn to silence as to what is happening down there!
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Well nobody is interested in what I've got to say anyway because actually working on site is nowhere near as interesting as sat in front of a screen googling away is it.
But, I can tell you that we have just finished our work on the twin stone circles on Emblance Downs and are about to start on something I definitely can't tell you about yet ;-)
GLADMAN
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Re: Memories
Aug 28, 2017, 20:28
Nice post Moss

I don't contribute to the Forum much nowadays. I've been told I'm a very confrontational person - by my mum, so I won't argue - so I much prefer to post images and occasional notes, letting others either be inspired or not be inspired, according to personal taste. I'm no Cope. Arguing specific, logical points in relation to what the 'meaning' of rudimentary structures of standing stones, stone/earth piles etc may be is, in my opinion, an attempt to apply modern day thinking to an age where, so it would seem to me, the line between ordinary and spiritual life was non existent. Indeed, as Mr Cope has pointed out... 'They were all on drugs'. So, unless you are, you really do not know what you are talking about.

I've been reviewing the past few years' visits today and realise that I have changed significantly from when I first started to do this. I no longer care how many orthostats a 'circle has. No longer care about the circumference, the orientation. Dimensions. I notice the type of stone, the colour, the texture, the way it feels... the way I feel at the site. The way the sun streams into the centre and leaves shadows suggestive of some other dimension. The way being there makes me think of things, of people, emotions perhaps I not really thought of... well, since I was last at a prehistoric site.

So bollocks to mathematics, to logic, to precision. Don't get me wrong. I love all three. In their place, their context. But visiting prehistoric sites is all about primitive emotion, connecting with what we once were, something that is still deep inside of us. And to do that one has to visit the sites and experience.

For me the only
Rhiannon
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Re: or better not to travel at all
Aug 28, 2017, 20:33
"Well nobody is interested in what I've got to say anyway because actually working on site is nowhere near as interesting as sat in front of a screen googling away is it."

you're so funny, don't ever leave
tjj
tjj
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Edited Aug 28, 2017, 20:56
Re: Memories
Aug 28, 2017, 20:50
Really enjoyed reading your post Gladman, and good to see you here again - you have been missed. I like your entire post but particularly liked this sentence "The way the sun streams into the centre and leaves shadows suggestive of some other dimension." That was exactly what I was trying to say about how the golden light from the setting sun lit up Uffington one evening last month while I was travelling back from London on the train. So thank you.
thelonious
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Re: Memories
Aug 28, 2017, 21:19
Hope you don't mind me saying Gladman but I've missed reading your fieldnotes this year. Cool if that's not your thing at the moment.
GLADMAN
846 posts

Re: Memories
Aug 28, 2017, 22:31
thelonious wrote:
Hope you don't mind me saying Gladman but I've missed reading your fieldnotes this year. Cool if that's not your thing at the moment.



The irony is I had a visit to Barra and the Uists pencilled in this year... then hurt my knee at Easter... two months on I managed a fortnight in the West Country, limping (but Ok). I really believe 'feelings' are all that matter. I by-passed Barra on my tour of The Outer Hebrides during 2004. Now I know better.
thelonious
218 posts

Re: Memories
Aug 28, 2017, 22:52
Not good to hear about your knee. Take it easy whilst it's getting back to full strength.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
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Re: Memories
Aug 29, 2017, 10:09
Get well soon sir. I miss your fieldnotes as well. Barra will still be there for a long time :-)
spencer
spencer
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Re: Memories
Aug 31, 2017, 00:18
Your last paragraph: likewise....and mend well, Sir
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
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Re: Memories
Aug 31, 2017, 10:46
GLADMAN wrote:
Nice post Moss

I don't contribute to the Forum much nowadays. I've been told I'm a very confrontational person - by my mum, so I won't argue - so I much prefer to post images and occasional notes, letting others either be inspired or not be inspired, according to personal taste. I'm no Cope. Arguing specific, logical points in relation to what the 'meaning' of rudimentary structures of standing stones, stone/earth piles etc may be is, in my opinion, an attempt to apply modern day thinking to an age where, so it would seem to me, the line between ordinary and spiritual life was non existent. Indeed, as Mr Cope has pointed out... 'They were all on drugs'. So, unless you are, you really do not know what you are talking about.

I've been reviewing the past few years' visits today and realise that I have changed significantly from when I first started to do this. I no longer care how many orthostats a 'circle has. No longer care about the circumference, the orientation. Dimensions. I notice the type of stone, the colour, the texture, the way it feels... the way I feel at the site. The way the sun streams into the centre and leaves shadows suggestive of some other dimension. The way being there makes me think of things, of people, emotions perhaps I not really thought of... well, since I was last at a prehistoric site.

So bollocks to mathematics, to logic, to precision. Don't get me wrong. I love all three. In their place, their context. But visiting prehistoric sites is all about primitive emotion, connecting with what we once were, something that is still deep inside of us. And to do that one has to visit the sites and experience.

For me the only


Nice post Gladders. As others have rightfully said, your fieldnotes are simply the best. Hope that knee sorts itself out sooner rather than later so you can get out there and send some more in. Take care.
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