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photorealist art - Christiane Vleugels - Timeless Abundance

regular readers of this blog know what a photorealism fanboy I am, and I've been meaning to feature the stunning photorealist portraiture of Belgian artist Christiane Vleugels for a long time... well, now the opportunity has arisen in the form of the finished and sold painting Timeless.

Christiane Vleugels has an impeccable eye for photorealistic detail and you can find many examples of her large scale portraits on her Raipun page, but for now, and uniquely, let's concentrate on the one piece that I've been obsessively following the progress of through its various stages of completion.

Finally, Timeless can be fully revealed to the readers of Free Planet in all its photorealistic glory.

AFTERNOON UPDATE: of course I just can't leave it at that... here's another gorgeous piece from Christiane Vleugels, this time on the subject of Abundance.

World Trade Center demolitions - the missing evidence - no seismic footprint

this random thought comes from the realisation that 'something very strange' happened on the fateful day of September 11th 2001.

It's like PHYSICS WAS IN DENIAL with tops of buildings flowing through path of greatest resistance i.e the majority of lower floors. And the debris pile, expected to be 12% or so for a 'traditional controlled demolition' just didn't exist. Where did the millions of tonnes of steel and concrete go as WTC1 and WTC 2 (and WTC3thru7) fell into their own footprint with barely an explosive whisper or seismic spike of such mass slamming into the Manhattan bedrock?

Millions of tonnes of dust spilling out of the seven buildings of the WTC Complex all day, no heat from non-existent incendiary charges placed around columns and supportive structures as in a traditional demolition implosion, no seismic evidence from the falling of millions of tonnes of concrete and steel to the sidewalk, reams and reams of paper ev…

dream - civil war - snipers (plural) on all the rooftops

as Free Planet is not a Prophecy Channel or Predictive Joseph-many-colour-coat-wearing-pundit I really don't know what to do with this... so, I'll just say it.

I'm talking about the dream I had, so it's probably nothing, it's probably just my 'fear of being fired' or something, because there was a lot of it. A lot of firing. A lot of people targeted. A lot of extreme insane ruinous graphic and visceral extermination horror.

I mean, I dream, we all know that. We all do. And sometimes all our dreams get a bit fukced up. We all know this. We accept it. It's how we sleep at nights.

I mean it's alive, this dream world, it's definitely a real place where people go for 'the other portion of their lives' or it wouldn't hurt so perfectly, it wouldn't touch our souls so that we can't believe how we survived the holocaust. Dreaming has to be a real place, somewhere out there in th…

Ancient Egypt - how to cut a stone sarcophagus lid - use diamond tipped circular saw

in the following (very short) video, filmed at the Cairo Museum, an Ancient Egyptian stone sarcophagus is shown in part-construction... it has the inner cored out and the lid was being sliced off the back of the granite block, oh then some accident happened and it snapped. There are two possible reasons...

a) this is a modern i.e. 20th century, attempt to hack a lid off an abandoned stone sarcophagus or casket - why you would wanna do that is beyond understanding.

b) this is evidence of Misplaced Technology (or machine drilling and sawing where there should only be copper chisels or meteoritic iron tools) used in the construction and creation of the buildings and decorations and art of the Ancient Egyptian World.

In the above video if a) maybe the whole of the Ancient Egyptian Art has been faked using modern machining techniques in the post-Napoleonic or proto-Victorian period or if b) then we need A SEVERE RETHINK about our Human Legacy on this Ruined Planet needs to take place.

As …

Rebekah Roth - ex-flight attendant - analyses the Betty Ong 27-minute phone call...

FAA as in Flight Attendant Analysis ... according to ex-flight attendant Rebekah Roth, Flight 11 was ON THE GROUND, IN A HANGAR when Betty Ong's 27-minute phone call was made to 'reservations' during the in-the-air hijack of her flight on the morning of September 11th 2001... in fact, this is only one of many interviews Rebekah Roth did about her to '911-novels' Methodical Illusion and Methodical Deception and you can find those other interviews on youtube and elsewhere.

Oh, oh, oh, here's Kurt Haskell (if you think back, you'll remember that he's the guy who stated that the s0-called underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was allowed on to NWA Flight 253 without a passport and with the help of a Handler) talking to one of the first interviewers of Rebekah Roth i.e. Pete Santilli, about his concerns about WHO or WHAT is this Rebekah Roth character... listen hard to this, it's rivetting.

So, what's the real…

Camelspotting - various artists - music from the Middle East

I've had this CD for like ten years or more, and it's still one of my favourites of all time.

1. Nour El Ain - Amr Diab
2. Ya Bo Ye - Ragheb Alama 3. Min Ger Loka - Mayada El Hennawy 4. Acha'Ak Azab - Walid Tawfic 5. Yalla Ya Habibi - Dania 6. Min Ghadr El Hob - George Al Rassy 7. Ma Ariflak Makan - Osama Al Attar 8. Kol De Eshaat - Samira Saeed 9. Law Koona - Nadia Moustafa 10. Aidy Bzank - Adel Kassab 11. Tohgorny - Hamid El Shari

9/11 legacy - untold (pictorial) story - Kurt Sonnenfeld

Why is official FEMA videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld still 'on the run' having filmed (and reported on) events at the World Trade Center(sic) corporate war site of September 11th 2001?

His major contention is that (in 2002 following the suicide of his wife) he was visited by the police, beaten up and accused of her murder - a classic covert setup job, ed - after which he fled to Argentina. For further illustration of how the Covert Secret Services treat their own, one only need look into the cases of GCHQ-hacker Gareth Williams or FBI-hacker Michael Riconosciutto or agent-assets like Valerie Plame or Susan Lindauer or Lee Harvey Oswald etc.

What specific 9/11-footage did Kurt film that has endangered his life so that he's still a political refugee living in Argentina?

Walter Cruttenden - Precession-free Sirius - The Lost Star Of Myth And Time?

We are a lost race, a lost knowledge, a lost star... Precession of the equinoxes, perihelion precession, changes in the tilt of Earth's axis to its orbit, and the eccentricity of its orbit over tens of thousands of years are all important parts of the astronomical theory of ice ages.

"A companion star is THE ONE STAR that doesn't undergo Precession..." Walter Cruttenden.
It appears precession is speeding up or slowing down over the Long Day i.e. the 24,000 years of the Processing Day, and that's only fully explained by the BSC or Binary Star Concept and this video points the finger at an Ancient Egyptian Pyramid-targeting star that seems to avoid precession as only a TCS or True Companion Star is able.

Maybe Sirius (the star that seems precession-free) and our Sun are both orbiting a third AS YET UNSEEN orbital focus somewhere between the two... get some maths heads on this problem. Stat!

FURTHER VIEWING: here's that documentary The Great Year (narrated by Ja…

David Hatcher Childress - snakes carved in relief - giant polygonal carved stone walls

pyramids exist all over the world - in Egypt, South America, Cambodia, China and Japan.

at the foot of many ancient stone temples and buildings of antiquity (Baalbek in Lebanon, Cuzco in Peru, Etruria in Italy to name but three...) you'll find a much earlier level of stonework that is astonishing for its complexity of construction and seeming defiance of gravity. Polygonal Stone-masonry, where multi-tonne irregular-sized blocks of granite and other hard stones are lined up using a mortarless technique resembling a jigsaw or stone puzzle, seems to hark back to an earlier time in human existence.

the snake is a potent image often related to these Ancient (Ancient!) Ruins, carved in relief and/or formed by the stone blocks themselves, in fact many nature gods are carved into these stone blocks prior to arrangement as these walls and monuments. Oh, please don't watch this video thinking Free Planet (for one minute) condones Childress' talk of ancie…

Ice Age Cataclysm Model - Elelctric Storms and Megatsunamis - meteor craters and sedimentary rock formation

Ice Age Weather Systems and their impact on the Human Race

I was just about to present my CAT or Clever Alternative Theory about meteor strikes and sedimentary rock formation at the tail end of the last official Ice Age about 12,000 years ago aka the Younger Dryas when I suddenly thought, "If a lot of the Earth's water is stored in the hyper-swollen ice caps, would there be enough water for the sort of intense electrical storms my CAT propounds?"

And the answer has to be YES, right? 
The Younger Dryas is marked by a massive increase in the Earth's average temperature over a few decades. You're not going to get that from a bit of volcanic activity (the ash cloud would present the opposite i.e. further cooling). You're not going to get that from meteor strikes (they're over in a second and you get the added bonus of more crap in the atmosphere i.e. further cooling). Desert 'and' deluge...

CAT needs such a drain of atmopsheric resour…

Hugh Newman Megalithomaniac - Scottish Stone Spheres in Tiwanaku - Druidic Quetzalcoatl in South America?

I like (travelling researcher) Hugh Newman's cavalier presentation style and delivery, he comes across as a thoroughly convincing plethora-of-ideas-merchant or paranoid-pattern-finder aka A Legend Builder. If you look at other presentations Hugh's done, you'll see he gathers a global eclectica into his view of our hidden world and the Lost History of the Ancients.

Here he frenetically presents his detailed + illustrated thoughts on the origin of the the Winged Serpent i.e Quetzalcoatl, but as a white-skinned long-robed lasergun-holstered beardy-diplomat (a classical description of (apart from the lasergun) a co-called "Druid") who brought all sorts of Modern Farming Ideas, Writing and Star Observation to South America. Druids sharing their knowledge globally? Why not, isn't it obvious that the so-called Druids weren't just a Celtic cult but were a Global Ginger Thought Army long before the Roman Empire arrived to eradicate them from Britannia.

and if you …

UK Championship Snooker - Liang Wenbo - cracking day at the office

brief update on the virtually unknown (in this country) Liang Wenbo who's having what you might call a cracking day at the office against Marco Fu in this year's UK Championship Snooker tournament from York.

First three frames: consecutive century i.e. 100+, breaks to Liang.

DAY LATER UPDATE: Liang came back from a slight slump mid-match to win 6-5, meaning he's in the semi-finals ... go Wenbo!

SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Liang came back from another slump to beat the (even more unknown) David Grace, so he's now in this year's final against the totally-ruthless and insanely-talented Neil Robertson. David vs Goliath of a match if ever there was one. Major upset on the horizon? Or 'just another day in the office' from Robertson. Matchplay starts at 1300 hours GMT.

Outgoing Longwave Radiation - Earthquakes are predictable - Sun Earth interaction

The Last Ice age came to an abrupt end at or around about 9,700 B.C. according to ice-core data-sheets relating to temperature and CO2 and other gases... now, Free Planet has explained before that all the evidence points towards a Solar Model that gradually tends to Ice Age (today's global temperature minus nine degrees) over a period of 120,000 years until 'some intensely-heating event' bumps it back up to today's temperature values. So, what heated up the planet when it tends to Ice Age?
Radiative cooling by Outgoing Longwave Radiation is the primary way the Earth System loses energy. The balance between this loss and the energy gained by radiative heating from incoming solar shortwave radiation determines global heating or cooling of the Earth system (Energy budget of Earth’s climate). Local differences between radiative heating and cooling provide the energy that drives atmospheric dynamics. [source OLR]
Free Planet is an advocate of EUT or the Electric Universe Th…

Pasolini (2014) - Abel Ferrara (director) - Willem Dafoe (Pasolini)

How did I miss this?
One of my favourite alternative cinema directors Abel Ferrara (The Driller Killer and King of New York etc) does a biopic of one of the bravest poet-writer-actor-film-makers Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salo and The Gospel According to St. Matthew etc).

Gotta see this movie...

Gobekli Tepe - Temple or Council - Diplomatic (rather than religious) Origin

Free Planet is not a fan of leveraging contemporary GODMA onto the meeting spaces of our Ancient Ancestors.

The GIANT twin-pillar representations at the centres of places like Gobekli Tepe (in Turkey) and Stonehenge (in Britain) while seemingly-symbolically Freemasonic in origin might merely reflect the sharing of responsibility between The Male and The Female. They might also show the scale of the GIANT RULERS to their subjects or gathered tribal leaders. These sites of 'worship', time-marked by the procession of the zodiacal calendar, were more likely to be tribal-meeting arenas at the crossroads of territories held by neighbouring tribes - a place where diplomacy between potentially-warring factions could be exercised.

For what is a Temple (or Mosque (or Church) or any Sacred Place) but a location where negotiation with the Eternal can take place a) publicly and b) internally, and interpretations of the Fates can take place?

"I think what God meant to say was this...&…

Unravel - Yarny - side scrolling platformer reborn

Sure, it's another go at rebirthing the Side Scrolling Platformer game concept of the 1990s but this one packs oodles of super-lush and gallons of uber-gorgeousness.

In Unravel you play as Yarny, a tiny new character made from a single thread of yarn that slowly unravels as you move. [source EA]

What if the Nephilim (or Annunaki) were not the so-called Fallen Angels... what if they're Homo Capensis?

Free Planet is an often-inspirational time-vocation for me so I'll stick my neck out and say, "The Celtic (p~ or q~ variant) or Khumric language doesn't feel right for an Atlantic-coastal or Atlantic-invading Younger Dryas tongue," it's got too much mid-European, Mediterranean or western-flung PIE stuck to its face. Giants often have distorted or otherwise elongated skulls and deformities within their bone structures and surely their range of vocab would be different from their smaller (conquered) European humans. We often refer to these people as Cone-shaped Heads or the genus Homo Capensis and they're found all across the world.

The (Giant, Conehead) Nephilim were charlatans, traitors, con-merchants...

Many 'holy books' tell of a Giant Race of People arriving in ships that floated in the air, whatever that means, and by giant we mean between 9ft and 18ft tall. They often had hyper-elongated skulls like the coneheads found in Paracas in Peru and all …

Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set five (the early edition)

fifth Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art, or "slogan art" series, set five is going out early i.e. it's Saturday afternoon. But (truth be told) I can't wait one more day.

Ready? Aim. Fire...

PREVIOUS MEME-ART SUNDAYs, in case you missed them...

Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set four
Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set three
Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set two Free Planet's Sunday morning Facebook meme-art set on

Tjalf Sparnaay - photorealist - par excellance

I found a single image of a white haired man in white painting an amazingly rendered vase of dutch flowers a while back and tried to source it, came up blank, suddenly someone finds it for me and Free Planet is delighted to feature the (you won't believe it)  photo-realistic art of Tjalf Sparnaay.

Be sure to check out Tjalf's whimsical EGG series, and his Dutch Masters-inspired early surrealist works, too...

Gorrem - Devon Cady-Lee - Dune series

I've always been a big fan of The World of Dune, as Frank Herbert wrote it, and these conceptual images from Gorremaka Devon Cady-Lee are some of the more alluring and authentic interpretations this art-blogger's come across: great work Devon...

Chiharu Shiota - Venice Biennale Arte 56 - The Key in the Hand installation

"Oh, this is just gorgeous, poignant, haunting..." here' the installation piece at this year's Venice Biennale by Chiharu Shiota, titled, "The key in the hand."

Video by Sergey Khodakovskiy.

Dinosaurs in the Bible - ARC of Tsunami - Cataclysmic stratification

we all know the Creationists are that rare breed of Holy Book Reader who believe that, God created the Heavens and the Earth in a corporate week, then Adam from dirt and Eve from his rib. They also believe that if you count backwards through all the ages of the begat begat begat lists in Genesis, and add up the ages of the begatters, you get an Age of the Earth as young as 6,000 years.

Whether you believe the nonsense of the Noah Flood story (about 4,000 years ago) where pairs of known animals (including penguins, obviously, and kangaroos) were gathered together on a really big coracle and retained for future population of nature, big floods is a great explanation for insanely-fast fossil-ising events such as the ones that create layers of dinosaur-rich deposits.

While Free Planet does condone Bible teaching nor does it agree with such utter Creationist propaganda, this video heavily promoting the ideas of the Institute for Creation Research goes into great depth and speculation abo…

Prometheus 2 - Alien: Covenant - due in 2017

so, Ridley Scott is finally making a sequel to Prometheus i.e. stealers of the Gods' fire... the supposed prequel to his seminal slasher-in-space film of 1979, Alien.

Prometheus 2 has gone through a handful of rewriters and a series of pre-production renames (that we know of) it was first called Prometheus 2: Paradise then it was called Alien: Paradise Lost then recently got re-announced to Alien: Covenant.

(Alien: Covenant) will tie into the overall Alien movie universe, and is considered the second chapter in a prequel trilogy. In the film, the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy. There, they discover what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. [source MOVIEWEB]
From this synopsis, it's possible that this film will actually be what the original Prometheus s…

Michael Cremo - modern human bones, footprints and artefacts - 20 to 600 million years older than we thought

there's a Darwinian evolutionary model that modern humans came into being about 100,000 years ago (eventually leading to the Homo Sapiens variant that we are today) and it's what we're taught in our non-Creationist schools and colleges.

And while Free Planet doesn't entirely agree with Michael Cremo's vedic assertion that 'humans are consciousness that interacts with matter' and may have been flying around in mind-controlled nuclear spaceships for millennia or aeons, there are a lot of cases of archaeologists unearthing modern human bones, footprints and artefacts from way further back than a Darwinian model suggests. Cremo should be applauded for at least bringing such secreted away evidence to public attention.

Potentially, the way geologists assess layers of sediment and rock formation is WRONG and there's a much more dunamic method involving meteor tsunamis.

FURTHER VIEWING: here's Graham Hancock also talking about Ancient pre-Egyptians...

Religious Indoctrination - torture and terror - belief and faith

The major reason you believe (in god (in work (in abracadabra))) with such passion is due to SLR or Serious Legal Repercussions and that's enough deterrent for most rational indoctrinates who want to avoid such pain.

Even those brave thinkers among us who believe in something like non-marketed non-indoctrinated non-anthropomorphised PERSONAL CONSCIOUSNESS still generally go ahead and externalise it to the regal 'him' and 'his' (in terms of 'the lord's power') as entirely separate from 'you' and 'yours'. ???


Ancient Egypt - lost technologies - lathe turned stone

Ancient Egyptian Stone Technology is a site dedicated to showcasing several examples of Lost Technology from the Very Early Egyptian Empire, or possibly BEFORE. Lathe Turned Stone as hard as granite and friable as schist. Tube Drilled holes through stone blocks and Stone Saws for creating multi-tonne slabs of rock and limestone...

Here's a great artistic example, a perfectly balanced granite bowl...

At least one piece is so flawlessly turned that the entire bowl (about 9" in diameter, fully hollowed out including an undercut of the 3in opening in the top) balances perfectly (the top rests horizontally when the bowl is placed on a glass shelf) on a round tipped bottom no bigger than the size and shape of the tip of a hen's egg !
This requires that the entire bowl have a symmetrical wall thickness without any substantial error! (With a base area so tiny - less than .15 " sq - any asymmetry in a material as dense as granite would produce a lean in the balance of t…

The Holy Bible - the Serpent electric - Tree of Knowledge

"Is Electricity (as depicted by the (Biblical-satanic) Serpent in the branches) the Real Danger in the Tree of Knowledge?" certainly if we consider this to be an Electric Universe, then knowledge of how to derive energy from seemingly dead materials would indeed be considered dangerous knowlege and potentially shrouded in secrecy.

Maybe the pre-Egyptian rose-granite statues and obelisks were sculpted or carved or created with this Electric-water technology?

Maybe the pre-Egyptian builders were saying, "Warning, electricity kills."

LATER RESEARCH VIEWING: add this to the mix, the pre-Dynastic Ancient Giza Power Plant (which we know as the "Pyramids") by Christopher Dunn, said to be from thousands of years before the Egyptian Kings and Queens started carving their 'cartouches' onto ancient alabaster sculptures and placing their dead within the 'energy boxes' or so-called 'sarcophagi'.

Linguistically, I kinda love the kinky way Dunn …

Hertzan Chimera - Free Planet vs War World - how the dual/duelling trilogies might have looked

We all know how the final covers for the dual/duelling trilogies Free Planet vs War World turned out (above). And while I'm very happy with how the juxtaposition of an Earthlike vs Marslike iconongraphy for the relative designs conveyed a vast percentage of the message of the shared narrative and potential outcomes for mankind, a small part of me still hankers for an earlier incarnation of the novel covers.

Some time prior to the final edited versions of all six component novels (FP: custodian liberator reaper, WW: tandem watcher kumiko) I did a rough&ready mock-up of the prospective covers using the decadent artwork of Mike Dargas but couldn't secure the 'right to use' as I had with other covers I'd done.

I wanted, so wanted, these to be the covers because they said, "All I ever wanted to say," about Corporate Mind Control and Divided=Conqueres and they also highlighted the two (blindfolded) sisters at the heart of the narrative resolution of both s…

Project Iron Bear - Campaign to return King Arthur to Wales - multiple supporters coming forward

many people might want to dispel the so-called findings of Khumric or Coelbren researchers Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett as Arthurian Nonsense, but I hadn't seen this one which shows many other Welsh Arthur advocates expressing how this 'mythical figure' was actually a real King of Glamorgan or South Wales.

The general concensus seems to be that we need to return King Arthur to his rightful place as the King of the Ancient Bretons or Britons on this green isle, pronounce Britain as you will. The idea that the Eceni (of Boudica fame) might have been the last remnant of the Ancient Brythonic Language (let's not call it Celtic any more, eh?) and with their demise came the demise of a long legacy of the language of the Ancient Britons. Talk about the Khumric writings/inscriptions and/or shoot the whole thing in Ancient Khumric the way Passion of the Christ was shot in Aramaic and Latin.

Why are the Welsh Tourism Board not supporting the concept of Project Iron Bear?


The Earth Expands WITHOUT Gaining Mass - Peter Woodhead - Andrew Johnson

Richard D Hall of Rich Planet TV presents a refutation of the Primordial Fireball idea of the formation of stellar planets, which ties into the Expanding Earth ideas of Neal Adams and James Maxlow without the need for a gain in mass. So, not a locked core of cooling metal or iron that is fed by some unknown mass-inventing mechanism, but an always venting core of liquid or ocean sheering the aglomerated plates of the Earth apart... some interesting NASA footage of a drop of water being 'contaminated' by heavier elements which move out to the crust or outer surface, which you will see has a) a stretched bubble-gas core and b) either end of which could be where and why ice caps form.

Part One and Part Two of this five-part interview from Rich Planet are waffly preamble or Introduction to the Ideas of an Expanding Earth - for those of you who aren't already up to speed, click the links above and get yourself prep'd.

Part Three (below) is where Andrew Johnson finally goes i…

Proto-celtic sounds nothing like Welsh, Irish, Breton, Cornish, Manx or Pictish...

it's the same as this animated-GIF of the supposed de-evolution of the human face back to its ape-origins

it just doesn't work, there's glitches in the desperate-hope of ancestral linearity, there's obvious missing links and irregularities in the single path back to our supposed ancestors... much like Proto-Indo-European into Proto-Celtic into the supposed Celtic trade language of the stone-iron age to the modern Atlantic-coast dialects of the title of this post.

Proto-Celtic (let alone its supposed father-tongue Proto-Indo-European) just doesn't sound related in any way shape or form like there's an unspoken missing link language or people who came from the West, a real sea-faring people and or island that no longer exits, was destroyed, became extinct via Natural Cataclysm, Space Debris or Ancient Atlantian War.

Maybe something like a far-more-ancient westerly-language (unrelated to all the easterly European-migration languages) that brought with it the desir…

The Fossilised Tree at the heart of the Bryn Celli Ddu long barrow on Druidic Anglesey

But, a fossilised tree takes like twenty million years to create...

So, the possibilities are that the fossilised tree at the heart of the Bryn Celli Dud long barrow on Anglesey is:
a) a found object that bridges the wood=living stone=death belief systems of Megalithic Monument Builders b) a purposefully engineered object* that was intentionally grown in this way over a vast period of pre-historic time
c) a combination of the two where the petrification of the tree trunk takes place in highly-acidic high-silicate environments, again just for this purpose, which speaks of a High Technology of Tree Petrification for religious purposes.
Click the time-stamped image (below) to go to the relevant discovery in Rupert Soskin's Standing With Stones series. Later in the same episode, Soskin makes another gem of a discovery, linking a five-slotted stone at the centre of the Irish stone circle of Castle Ruddery with an identically five-slotted stone at the centre of the Dartmoor stone circle…

Wayland Smithey - Neolithic chambered long barrow - wet & windy walk in the wilderness

Mrs Philbin accompanied me on a wet & windy walk today from Longcot to Wayland Smithey, a Neolithic chambered long barrow; actually the site of TWO long barrows, one built on top of the other, as these ancient sites often are. We had a lovely picnic in the entrance to St Swithun's church in Compton Beauchamp, while the rain tipped down outside. Funny that I got a whiff of incense even before we got to the church, or knew it was sited there, like it was calling to us.

More than anything this 'pilgrimage' had been something I'd promised a dear friend r.i.p. before she passed away and I paid my respects to her and to the memory of a dream I'd had of finally getting to the site. Great day out for all these reasons.

Special thanks to one charitable residence of Longcot who shared two buckets of apples from their tree in the front garden... we spotted them on the way out and harvested them on the way back to the bus stop. Sixteen decent-sized examples of wind fall, …