|Looking back at last year, I visited a lot of sites so I guess I'd better use this weblog to record my travels.
Over the Yuletide break, my partner and I did a bit of travelling around. First off, we went up to Derbyshire and visited the Nine Ladies of Stanton Moor, before trekking over to Arbor Low. The weather was atrocious, but I managed to take a couple of moody photos of the stones before heading back to London.
Made my first visit to the Ladies last weekend. And what a weekend! Continuous rain and heavy mist/low cloud made for a magical visit.
Like a fool, I got the approach wrong and started out from the base camp at the base of the quarry. You have to admire the protesters, living in those conditions! The climb was extremely muddy and quite difficult, but I eventually made it to the top, soaked to the skin.
Due to the weather I couldn't stay as long as I wanted, nor could I explore the rest of the moor, but I took some photos and made it back to the car safely.
From what I could see (shrouded in the mist), this is a wonderful site, quite breathtaking in it's splendour. I'd read quite a bit about the restoration work to be undertaken and was prepared to be disappointed, but the conditions I saw it in were optimal, and the site was simply awe inspiring. Maybe I'll have to visit in fine weather to be disappointed?
Kent was on the itinery for New Years Day, and we took in Little Kit's Coty, the Countless Stones and the Addington Long Barrow. I did the tour of The Chestnuts at Addington, but something weird happened when I did the dowsing thing because the photos in my digital camera were all corrupted. I guess that means another trip to Kent at some point soon ;-)
I intend getting a GPS unit as soon as I can get the money together, to help me find some of the more hidden sites. We intend going down to Cornwall in March, so I'll try to have it by then, and hopefully I'll actually find Zennor Quoit this time round!
Popped down to the London Stone at lunchtime, just to get my fix for the next couple of weeks when I won't be able to get out anywhere...
Have to agree with the other comments here. A very undignified way for the Stone to be treated. People in the lunchtime rush looked at me as if I were mad, taking photos of a wall of a bank! I'm sure none of them had ever looked to see what was there...
The Stone seemed to be screaming to be let free. Given the planning permission mentioned in the News Article last year, it looks as if its wish may be granted, but I couldn't see any signs or notices in place, so maybe they've put the plans back. Does anyone have a better notion of timing for the demolition?
I'll have to make sure I get down here a bit more regularly in the lunch hour, now I know exactly where it is, to make sure the Stone isn't forgotten and doesn't get lonely, trapped in its cage.