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Sherberton Stone Circle — Fieldnotes

This is the nearest circle to where I live, just outside Holne. Its not the most impressive site I have seen but then again I am used to the ones in Scotland. Worth a visit though. I even found a few liberty cap mushrooms here and someone had left a tape measure in the circle! The stones are fairly small and some of them look like they have been hacked off to half their original size. Oh and some of them are missing too.

The Church House Inn at Holne is worth a visit.

Midmar Kirk (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Midmar is where my Mother Anne was buried in 1991 and the gravestone was added a couple of years later. My mother had a deep connedction with stone circles and during my childhood we were taken to scores of sites all over Scotland. When she died my father thought of Midmar and had remembered visiting it with her. The sculpture, based on the Indian/Celtic/Universal Tree of Life was commisioned by a local artist and took a long time to get and "feel" right (you can't rush the creative process). My mum was born in India to Anglo Indian parents and was a very spiritual person and believe it or not a Christian. I remember though before she died she wrote and told me she was reading a book on Celtic Spirituality "just what I need" she said "no guilt , just a clear, pure, message". I hope that here stone at Midmar gives joy to the visitors there- she would have approved i am sure. By the way, I am thrilled that this site exists, Julian and had the chance to read through some of your book which is excellent.

All the best Matthew
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