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*
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 :(