Adam And Eve (Thursday 2nd February 2017)
When I visit Avebury I usually drive past two standing stones known as Adam and Eve on the way, and something led me to visit them yesterday. As it turns out it was three years to the day since my last visit, although that was a rather brighter day. I noticed there was a new stile on Nash Road leading into Longstones Field, and a new information board.
The field consists of grassland sown with a variety of native chalk grassland wildflowers intended to attract butterflies, invertebrates and farmland birds.
Adam is the sole survivor of four stones that formed Longstones Cove, whilst Eve, visible in the background, marks the end of Beckhampton Avenue, which leads to the Avebury Henge. The village of Avebury Trusloe that lies beyond the hedge that you can see in the background is approximately a third of the way along the avenue. The stones were erected circa 2,500 BC, over a rather boggling 4,500 years ago. The stones themselves pre-date human existence.
William Stukely made drawings of Beckhampton Avenue that were published in 1743 but much of it was demolished in his lifetime to such a degree that many archaeologists did not believe that the avenue had ever existed. However, the Longstones Project that took place between 1999 and 2003 proved that it had and found 3 intact buried stones. They also found that the Cove had been constructed on top of the site of an earlier oval longstones Enclosure.
I visited the Project in 1999 and saw one of the buried stones with my friend Deirdre who was studying for an archaeological course and needed me there as photographer. An archive Blip is here.
The other Extra was considered for Abstract Thursday and shows lichens on the surface of Eve.
3.2.2017 (1300 hr)
Blip #2021 (#2271 including 250 archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #002
2017 Blips/Extras #029
Day #2507 (497 gaps from 26 March 2010)
LOTD #1256 (#1382 including 126 on archived blips)
Bleeding Obvious Wiltshire series
A Trip To Longstones Field, 2 February 2017 (Flickr album of 12 images)
Taken with Pentax K-1 and Pentax HD P-D FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR lens
Lozarhythm of the Day:
Deke Leonard's Iceberg - Big Hunk Of Love (recorded 15 February 1978, Maida Vale 4, for John Peel, Radio One)
Deke Leonard (vocal, guitar), Howard Hughes (piano), Lincoln Carr (bass), Anthony Stone (dr)
R.I.P. Deke Leonard (b. 18 December 1944, Llanelli; d. 31 January 2017)
The man from Man on his third Peel session with Iceberg, performing Elvis's Big Hunk Of Love.
One year ago: