I spent a couple of days away, and the picture above is taken about twenty yards away from my tent. The mill race soothed me to sleep, once I got used to the idea that it was a real sound and not a CD which would turn itself off.

As evening fell, the bats came out to hunt, swooping and squeaking after insects, taking over where the martins left off for the day. As night deepened, the sounds of hunting owls filled the air: tawny, barn and little owls all called over our sleepy heads as we lay in our tent.

It’s a shame you can’t take your own bed camping as I woke with an aching back most mornings; I’m getting too old for a kip mat.

Below is Avebury, the greatest stone circle in Britain. It’s so large it holds a whole village: you can’t see the whole circle from any one spot as it covers an enormous distance.

The whole place has a sense of peace about it and the early summer sun made us feel relaxed and happy.

A word to the wise: never go to visit Avebury at the Solstice. If you find parking, you’ll get blocked in and the whole place is ludicrously busy. But if you want a colourful experience people watching, get there early and prepare to stay overnight.

11 thoughts on “Tranquillity

    • If you ever get the chance to do so, Robert, this area is amazing, even for this country, stuffed full as it is of history. Avebury is a magical place, but the landscape around is littered with barrows and remains.
      We also went to Bath, and had a wonderful day there to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday: a visit to the Roman baths, a lavish lunch in the ultra posh Pump Room restaurant and then when lunch went down, a 2 hour session at the Thermae Spa baths nearby, which are also supplied by the hot springs. Totally awesome experience for both me and my only child, and not expensive either. A lovely memory for us both.


  1. That is the challenge of camping (the whole aching back thing), but I still think it’s worth it…

    Very cool stone circle. I wonder, what was the purpose of such a large circle? That’s the kind of thing that can really get some creative juices flowing, as it were… Hmm…


  2. Hi Viv, I hope you had a lovely time away and that your trip to the Spa helped your back after camping. That stream looked so beautiful – so tranquil. Beautiful photograph of Avebury too.


  3. thanks for sharing all that.
    those stones seem to be pretty big and the mill race looks very peaceful.
    Martins and owls and bats oh my!

    Birds make me think of bird like collar bones……………..
    Where have I ever heard such a thing ? 🙂


  4. Beautiful Viv! You make me ache for England! My parents are both English, and my Mum and I went back for a month 6 years ago. I never go a day without thinking about going back!
    I’m so glad that you got to take a lovely break!


  5. Wow.. Can’t wait til I get an opportunity to see that… I have had a yearning to see England & Scotland for as long as I can remember..

    Great post..

    Thanks for sharing..


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