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What's been happening [Jun. 23rd, 2003|11:44 pm]
Peter Sheil
Hi there

Well the weekend got a bit confusing with nowhere near enough sleep :) I went to Stonehenge for the Solstice - got there a bit before 1 AM. I waited around in the car park (actually a large field) then went along to the collecting area 'till 2 AM when we were let out for the 3/4 mile walk to the stones. When I got to the stones the crush in the middle was amazing! I get to touch a couple of the stones but it was just too crowded - especially as I was holding a camera and tripod. At one point I was stuck between two flows of people going (slowly) in opposite directions - all I could do was turn round and round like a roller betweeen the people. Eventually I managed to move outwards and found somewhere where I could actually breath safely. After moving around the circle for a bit I set myself up off to one side of the stones where I could get pictures of the sunrise, although not through the stones, that area was far too packed.

A while later (3:30 AM according to the camera) a torch-lit procession set out from the east of the circle and eventually made its way around to the west with much dancing, drumming, singing and other music. Then gradually the sky brightened 'till we saw the dawn break. It was a moving experience and I'd recommend it to everyone provided you can cope with large crowds.

I took a few more pictures then tried to get back to my car and get away before the rush ... no such luck though. It took me over an hour and a half to get off the site :( I drove back to Southampton where I'd left my work clothes etc, had a bit of a snooze since I hadn't had any sleep that evening, did some shopping around Southampton then packed up my things and drove back to my flat in North London. Once I'd forced my way past the heap of post (I'd been away for 2 weeks) I sorted out a few things from my bags.

Next I popped over to my Mum's house to take some pictures of things my sister may be selling (chairs and sideboard mostly) then came back home and did a couple of loads of washing before I fell into bed. Sunday I got up reasonably early ... well it was before 9 AM which is early for me on a Sunday ... did two loads of washing and printed the pictures for my sister, went back over to my Mum's and took some looooooooong bits of wood and metal tracking down to the recycling centre - had my sister sitting in the back of the car holding them in place and the stuck out about 4 feet behind the car. Once that was done we had dinner and, strange to relate, I had to go and crash out for a while 'cos I was so tired.

Then it was an early night ... well that was the plan but somehow it didn't happen that way as I was starting work on a web page for my Solstice pictures plus having hour long phone call to the USA *ahhhh sigh with pleasure*

Monday
Off to my local Royal Mail sorting office to pick up something that was too big to fit through my letter box (some stuff about sponsorship for the New York Marathon) then in to London for a day working near Victoria. lots of work and didn't get back home 'till 9 PM this evening. Right now I should be packing my stuff I'll need for the next three weeks! [week at Cardiff (although I may have to come back for a day in London), second week in USA, Georgia, then the third week back to Cardiff but possibly not being back to London flat.

Right, off to go pack. As you may have already guessed I'm goiung to be a bit busy this week so may not post much over the next week or so. I'll try and read my friends' journals but I may have to miss out a day or so :(

Peace
peter
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From: nemetonfire
2003-06-23 10:09 pm (UTC)
I can't even imagine how amazing it would be, to even see a regular sunrise from the stones. :)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-06-24 06:32 am (UTC)

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During most of the year you can't get anywhere near the stones at Stonehenge, so just being able to touch them was great. Actually I find Avebury is more impressive and you can commune with the stones any time you like.

Having all the people there is both positive and negative. There were a signifigant number of people who were just there to drink, do drugs and generally mess around. It meant that actually having a quiet moment alone with a stone was never going to happen :) People were even climbing up on them - even though the "rules" of access were quite clear that you shouldn't do that.

Fortunately the majority of the people were there for a spiritual experience and it was something that was very special. Having the energy of all those people directed towards the rising sun - you could feel them willing it to rise :)

Peace
peter
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From: occipitaldruid
2003-06-24 02:33 pm (UTC)
*nods*
Crowds really get to me during intense spiritual moments--still working on isolating myself enough to actually experience with a lot of people around. But still. Must have been amazing. :)
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[User Picture]From: mysticprincess
2003-06-24 03:57 am (UTC)
{{{HUGS}}} Have a good trip!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2003-06-24 06:37 am (UTC)

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Thanks, (hugs) back
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-06-24 09:53 am (UTC)

plus having hour long phone call to the USA *ahhhh sigh with pleasure*

*yeah* me.
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[User Picture]From: goddess_2000
2003-06-24 09:58 am (UTC)

sky brightened 'till we saw the dawn break

What I liked most after seeing the pic from your descritpiton on the phone. Then looking & seeing the mass of people standing before you. That was breathtaking :-)"It was a moving experience and I'd recommend it to everyone provided you can cope with large crowds." This I would love to do :-)Sounds like swimming with the Manatees :-)
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