This has been a year of two halves for me (for the really pedantic a year of a 7/12th and a 5/12th). August saw the end of my trips south to see Kes in Wiltshire. I've met a lot of excellent people in my couple of years down there and you don't get to escape me that easily. As soon as I can get my transport situation sorted out, I'll be down a visiting.
I'll be trying to get my trips timed to coincide with Gorsedds at Avebury.
A few words from Terry the Archdruid.
No matter how people might try, at Avebury the stones are the stars. There are many people regard it as a more important stone circle than Stonehenge.
The circle is surrounded by a substantial ditch - seen here with some convenient people in it to give a sense of scale. (remember this was built before the time of the mechanical digger and even before you could pop down to B&Q for a nice shiney steel spade and a pick axe)
For the last year or so, the affordable way to get to Wiltshire is to catch the overnight bus from Glasgow to London and go across from there. Sounds like a travel nightmare for most but, to be quite honest, I thoroughly enjoyed having a lump of day at either end of my journey to nosey round London.
I frequently got sore feet and often lost. I bought a map after a while which helped, but it was on a day where I forgot my map that I accidentally stumbled on loads of barges in Little Venice. Thank goodness one of the barges had been converted into a cafe where I got directions back to civilisation (and a cup of tea of course).
By complete accident I caught the rehearsal if the Trooping of the Colour
On several trip I was on the lookout for these painted elephants which were dotted around London to raise awareness for Indian Elephants (I suspect you probably won Billy - but only because you found them all together in Chelsea)
The years travels features a great many cups of tea and quite a few buns.
And here's me holding up a bandaged tree on the embankment - if you look closely you can probably see steam rising off my feet - it was near the end of a very long day and I was heading back to the bus station.