If I am allowed to go into rambling folklore mode, Keynsham is supposed to be named after St Keyna, and she cruelly turned a load of snakes to stone - hence the ammonites in the area. Extra ammonite=keynsham connection there.
Sadly this has happened to the Maen Llia quite a lot over the years, Carl. To be honest I'd suggest from experience that any site beside a reasonably well used road in South Wales is vulnerable and we shouldn't be surprised. Draw your own conclusions, some people are just too far gone to be helped.
Ha! Sorry for the delay. Mrs C has an arts commission for a Macmillan Cancer Unit at Runcorn Hospital. The main piece is a large 5m wide x 2.5m high enamelled illustration divided into 5 separate panels. AJ Wells is the factory where we were working. They do most of the signage for London Underground, but they also work with a lot of artists on art installations, etc. Worth getting in touch with them as they're very helpful and friendly!
It feels like a small, manageable, self-contained country! We were over there working in an enamelling factory again in Newport for 9 days and got very lucky with the weather over the weekend. I'd thoroughly recommend it for a prehistoric tour as most things are within minutes of each other, though not many stones it has to be said.
Hopefully with a cup of tea from a thermos flask sitting on the dashboard and steaming up the windscreen. I'll get over there one day. I want to see if it matches what's in my imagination. Islands are always a bit unusual. The light in your photos makes the place look rather surreal.
Yes, just about! On the other side of the road is a 'view point' looking down over Sandown, Shanklin and the English Channel. A place where old people drive to in their cars on Sundays and sit and read the newspaper oblivious of their glorious surroundings! Love it!
I remember visiting the Twelve Apostles feeling such a sense of...'disappointment' is too strong a word, but the circle has a very difficult setting. There seems little in the immediate landscape to link in with....as you say, the hedges, roads, and not too far away human activity distracts, when it's naturally a site where you struggle to capture the feel of how it once may have been.
Trying to photograph it all is impossible. My pictures are all 'bits & pieces', and any taken of the complete circle make it appear as a random field with a few dots and blobs randomly sitting there.
Maybe I'm being too negative. Maybe I need to get back there and re-evaluate!