It was a gorgeous near-70 degree day, just like the last time we visited, and both places were exactly as I remembered them -- despite being warm in the perfect weather I had chills nearly the entire time. We got ice cream from a truck and walked around the stone circle at Avebury eating it -- is there anything better than mint chip in a place of that kind of power? Then we went to Stonehenge, arriving around 5 p.m. when the sun was visibly descending but still very bright, surrounded by sheep and burial mounds in the nearby hills, with ravens and other birds flying over and around the stones. The audio tour there is superb, but after awhile I shut mine off and just sat and looked; this is one of those places to which descriptions and photographs can't begin to do justice. I never believed that people could sense magnetism in the earth until the first time I visited it.
And then we drove to Portsmouth, to our hotel down by the water (though son #2 actually cried at bedtime as he missed the cottage and the animals!) While unpacking we saw part of the new Doctor Who! apaulled took the kids swimming before our very late dinner but I had to walk down to the waterside, and to my delight there was a statue of Nelson in the park between the hotel and the quay. I watched the gorgeous pink sunset before returning so we could all have dinner and get to bed early so we can make an early start tomorrow to see the HMS Victory.
One of the great stones in the circle at Avebury. Look familiar? See my icon.