On this last day of 2015

December 31, 2015

I had this inexplicable desire, on this last day of 2015, to visit the stone henge next door.

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In our neighbouring village of Stanton Harcourt is an ancient stone henge I’ve written about before right here.

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On this last day of 2015, it seemed very important for me to connect with the ancient, with the old, and with the future me. Kind of a maiden, mother and crone moment.

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To get to this ancient site I walked past a disused WWII airfield.

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And skirted the edge of a meadow…

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…and walked along the shore of a lake.

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To where rabbits burrow in the ground digging up secrets from under the henge.

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Then up, over, into, and over the circular bank and the ditch to get to the stones.

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It always feels like there’s powerful magic here.

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On my way, I picked up a couple flint pebbles in the shape of hearts, which the rabbits unearthed, and left them in the western most stone.

A small heart to say thank you to 2015. Thank you for all the lessons, for giving me time to recover and heal. Thank you 2015 for taking it easy on me and allowing my chosen word, “ameliorate”, to wrap me like a comforting hug and not overwhelm, and help me make small, positive changes over the year. Just as I had hoped.

And a big heart for 2016. A big heart for hope, for happiness; an open-hearted invitation for 2016 come what may.

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And on this last day of 2015, found while walking this last walk of the year, an ancient rabbit skull representing the deep secret and magical past of the henge, Last year’s alder cones representing 2015, fresh hazel catkins and a dandelion blossom representing the future 2016, and a sprig of mistletoe representing the now, this Christmas time, this liminal day.

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And, on this liminal day, I hope for the brightest and happiest future for all of you my friends. Happy New Year.

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17 Comments

  • Reply rie Smith December 31, 2015 at 8:50 am

    From my island to yours, Happy New Year.

  • Reply Carla December 31, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I’m sitting on the Island of Hawaii this New Year. It’s warm and sunny and strange for December 31st. Thank you for all your lovely posts in 2015. And wishing you and yours a most wonderful New Year. xo

  • Reply sarah December 31, 2015 at 10:24 am

    wonderful photos of a beautiful, magical place. how lucky you are to live there! many blessings to you for 2016.
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  • Reply Michelle Hed December 31, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Lovely post and so wonderful to see the picture of your local Stonehenge. I’m wishing you all the best for 2016! Happy New Year!
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  • Reply Jo December 31, 2015 at 11:52 am

    What a treasure to live so near – it is the perfect adventure for the last day of the year. May your new year be all that you hope for.
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  • Reply Michelle Pond December 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Happy New Year, Veronica.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm December 31, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Hello V .. what a lovely post and thank you for sharing your walk on the last day of 2015. I hope that you, Robert and your family have a very special 2016 – may there be lots of hearts, love, health and happiness! You my dear are a treasure … πŸ˜€
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  • Reply obert Frank Gasch January 1, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Beautiful pictures Veronica. Happy New Year to you, Robert and family.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks January 1, 2016 at 8:30 am

    That henge isn’t Stanton Dru, is it? Rabbits are such a powerful symbol of the Divine Feminine, I’m sure you’ll be receiving special blessings in 2016. Happy New Year!

    • Reply Veronica January 1, 2016 at 11:35 am

      No Debra, those are in Somerset. But these are similar in that they are Neolithic Druid stones. The Stanton’s are bigger and have more mythology surrounding them I think. Thank you so much for your blessings. I wish you all the best as well. Big hugs.

  • Reply daryledelstein January 1, 2016 at 10:30 am

    awesome …. your last day of the year was far better spent than mine

  • Reply Ida P. Krause January 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I love that you found those heart shaped stones. What a beautiful walk you took to the Stone Henge. – Happy New Year!
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  • Reply Kathleen Howell January 2, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    How incredible would it be to live somewhere walking distance to an ancient stone henge? Whoa.. thank you for taking us there in your pics! Happy New Year!
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  • Reply Barb January 3, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Hello Veronica, what a magical place to visit, and I thank you for the tour (I love the little heart). All the best to you in 2016!

  • Reply Leslie Harris January 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Veronica I’m rather speechless right now. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed taking this magical tour with you. A ancient stone henge? Where is my history book? I immediately want to know more. Living in Southern California means that I have no “ancient” ruins to explore—nothing like your world there. I can’t even imagine the chance of roaming a WW2 airfield in the middle of a pasture or even finding an old rabbit skull for that matter. Thank you for sharing your world and thank you for your kind and insightful comment on my post. By the way—I had seen that quote long ago and never knew that it was attributed to Henry Ford. I shall note that in my post. It doesn’t surprise me that you have that quote on your wall….Also I had no idea about your life threatening “drama” in 2014 but I am certainly relieved that 2015 allowed you time to recuperate as needed. I love the word you chose for 2016–“ACTION” seems like it’s perfectly timed for you and I am excited to see what blessings the new year will bring for you.
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  • Reply Julie January 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I enjoyed every photo. Thanks for sharing your walk with the ancients.

  • Reply tsdwords January 6, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Hi Veronica! Happy Healthy New Year to you! A beautiful walk and lovely thoughts, thank you πŸ™‚ <3
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