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The Longstone of Minchinhampton (Standing Stone / Menhir)

20/09/03. Toby and KJ, TJ and DJ (all sisters) met up with Amy and Barry in the road outside the stones. It was a fairly easy site to find, and all was quiet in the foggy morning except for the horse show going on in the field on the other side of the road. We all took photos and got in each others way. Never seen a stone with such holes in it before.

Arbor Low (Circle henge)

05/09/03. Toby, Mell, Andrew and Tracy visited here before moving on to The Nine Ladies of Stanton Moor. We liked the site, it was easy to find but not over visited.....

We put our 50p's in the tin and strolled around the circle, I took some pictures then we moved on to the Barrow.

We didn't have much time as we wanted to make the 9 Ladies before sun down.

As we left we were blatantly blanked by a man who made a great show of leaning on a drystone wall and studying the horizon as we passed him, as if he was determined not to pass any conversation with us. we didn't bother to try.

Nine Ladies of Stanton Moor (Stone Circle)

Toby and Mell went to Utoxetter to visit Tracy and Andrew, we went to see the 9 Ladies and it was all quiet. No Eco-Protestors or their opposite numbers.

We enjoyed the stones and the solitude, all around the site there was the evidence of previous visitors fires but we were alone that night. We had a b-b-q and a small fire of wood we gathered, with added pine cones.

After sundown we walked back to our car and drove home.
Stone loving, pre-history loving. Tentativly feeling my way along the path of practiced ritual workings.

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