Silbury Hill (Saturday 21st December 2019)
A brief hiatus in the never-ending rain led me to Beckhampton to witness the flooded plain surrounding Silbury Hill that recreated its old moat. In neolithic times the hill was faced in white chalk and fire beacons were lit on the summit, from where other beacons from nearby mounds could be seen. Silbury Hill is an artificial mound, constructed in several stages between circa 2400–2300 BC, an amazing achievement in its complexity, though its purpose is still not known.
Years ago I was able to picnic on top of the mound, but erosion from many feet tramping up the sheep tracks has meant that the NT have put No Entry signs at the entrance points.
On the way over I saw a sparrowhawk sitting on a fence post. While I was there an aeroplane flew over it (barely visible in the black and white Extra) and on the walk back to the car I was inspected by a curious red kite.
21.12.2019 (2054 hr)
Blip #3115 (#2865 + 250 archived blips taken 27.8.1960-18.3.2010)
Consecutive Blip #002
Blips/Extras In 2019 #292 + #094/100 Extras
Day #3558 (793 gaps from 26.3.2010)
LOTD #2244 (#2085 + 159 in archived blips)
Silbury Hill series
Bleeding Obvious Wiltshire series
A Walk Around Silbury Hill, 21 December 2019 (Flickr album of 20 images)
Taken with Pentax K-1 Mark II with Irix IL-11FF-PK 11mm F4 Firefly manual prime full-frame lens
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Darlene Love - All Alone On Christmas (1992)
Perhaps best known for the Phil Spector-produced Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love made another Xmas record that was used in the film Home Alone 2. Bruce Springsteen sideman Miami Steve Van Zandt wrote and produced it, and the E Street Band play on the record alongside the Miami Horns (more likely to come from New Jersey than Florida, as they were formed to play with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, of whom Miami Steve was a member). The chorus includes Edna Wright, who, like Darlene Love, used to sing with the Blossoms.