The Way Back

Returning to our humble abode, we made a couple of stops outside of Salisbury.

Wiltshire White Horse. There are at least twenty-four of these hill figures in Britain, with thirteen being in Wiltshire, and another white horse, the oldest of them all, being just over the border in Oxfordshire. Most of the white horses are chalk hill carvings, and the chalk downs of central Wiltshire make it an ideal place for such figures. I’m not sure why they did this. One of them is really ancient, the rest more of what I would think of as a “folly”. Just someone trying to put something unusual out there. Interesting to be driving along and see one on a hill.

These are called the Avebury Stones, found nearby the more famous Stonehenge. These are much less touristy with people able to walk around and get up close, making sure not to step in Sheep doo, as sheep are busy here grazing.

A closer view.

Avebury Manor. We took a tour. It was pretty bare and didn’t look like a very warm and inviting place to live but it does have people who currently do. The gardens were the best part. At one time there were fruit trees and vegetable gardens and sheep and pigs and was fully self contained.

7 thoughts to “The Way Back”

  1. There are so many places to see in the Costwolds, it’s truly daunting. Wonderful towns as well are Broadway, Stanway [an ancient town of huge saxon stone where we enjoyed watching cricket with a sack lunch] and Winchcombe. Winchcombe pottery is famous for the work of several master potters, including the iconic Ray Finch. There are lots of useful pieces for sale.

    On Salisbury — The atmosphere of English churches and cathedrals is unique. My own favorite is Wells. Although so few seem to attend now in the parishes — and my husband Paul is always put-out by the thought of Cromwell’s destruction of the original windows and statuary which he expounds upon along the way. Even so, the legacy of those buildings reaches out to anyone on a spiritual search. We attended Bruern Abbey and heard their all-boys’ choir at Christmas, the place lit by massive candles on huge wooden pillars. And Christmas Eve services at the tiny St. Nicholas in Idbury where there were hollows worn in the handcarved wooden pews by centuries of congregations sliding back and forth to the kneeling benches. It’s the sort of experience that lasts a lifetime.

  2. Linda – I’m so enjoying these beautiful shots, many of which bring back memories of parts of England I visited when young. Looks like you had a great time with your friend.

    Not long now and I’ll be heading your way – we leave for France 10/1. I’m getting excited!

  3. Hi Linda , I can’t believe you passed me again. That is 40 minutes from me, and just down the road from where my son lives!!

    Pleased you had a great time though!! 🙂

    My friend and I have walked that many a time. And my husband and I always walk that on Boxing Day, seems quite a tradition for lots of families around here.

  4. I’m carefully looking at these photos, as I hope to be able to see this in person next year! Whoo hoo!

    Love that house you were visiting too where your friend was house sitting…very grand! But I think I’ll keep my little California bungalow for now. It’s fun to visit other kinds of places though, isn’t it!

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