Breakfast after solstice at Stonehenge was provided by the Antrobus Arms Hotel in
Amesbury entirely gratis to start our guests recovery from a long night at Stonehenge
off properly. This generous invitation shows just how supportive the people and small
businesses in Amesbury can be. The Antrobus has hosted many famous guests including
Nothing had prepared us for the grandeur and luxury of a full breakfast at the Antrobus,
three courses and waitress service in the conservatory over looking the wonderful
gardens was simply the best I’ve enjoyed in many years and I have travelled widely.
After breakfast we found a nice spot to do a quiet grove celebration in rough time
to synchronise with sunrise in Tiwanaku
Now that it had brightened up a bit we decided to take a group photograph. After
a few hours nap back in Salisbury
We had dinner at The Old Mill, which sits on the River Avon to the south of the Cathedral.
It was blissful there with the sound of water and views along the river.
We covered some miles! Although a visit to the chalice well and Tor in Glastonbury
was on everyones wish list, none of us could wake up early enough and although we
decided still to go, it involved a half hour only in Glastonbury. Once there Bex
and Frank went with Beatriz to find some special scented herbs for ritual fires whilst
leaving Euralia and Francisco in the capable hands of Nicola and Kate in the chalice
Kate has the photo’s so we may have more to post up here soon.
After Glastonbury it was a dash back into Wiltshire to the Amesbury ‘Bowman Centre’
where Amesbury Town Council and Amesbury 2012 Committee had all prepared a wonderful
reception (And Jane the food was lovely - thank you!)
Amesbury - Official Reception:
Mayor Jan and ‘consort’ with Euralia and Francisco
Aes Dana Grove member Nicola did a wonderful job of translating for us all, as we
viewed the Amesbury Mosaic recently seen by HM the Queen, and presented Euralia with
a very limited edition of the design which was also a gift from the town to HM. Former
Mayor, councillor Andy Rhind-Tutt explained how the design reflects the history of
Historic Amesbury and local culture.
Above left: Francisco and Euralia bless our food Above: Mayor
Jan trying on an Amauta hat for size.
Taken by Irene and copyright to her
Later, we broke camp whilst Bex and Frank travelled with Jill and Jazz to Clanfield
to set up the evenings event,
Kate and Nicola headed with Francisco and Euralia to the other great henge of Avebury.
Grove Gathering - Clanfield:
The sustainability centre in Hampshire was the venue for our next event, a casual
community gathering and chance to relax and dance and talk about our friendship and
love for Mother Earth.
At last! a ritual fire and offering were made
What a wonderful blessing this was!!!
Beatriz, Eurailia and Francisco returned to the Bolivian Embassy in London in order
to spend some time in the Nations capital city, seeing the sites and trying things
new...one of their favourite things was a trip on the tube!
We would see them again on Sunday 24th as guests of the Embassy.
Sunday 24th June, Bolivian Embassy London
Above: Bex, Nicola, Kate, Rosie and Richie
It is always hard to say goodbye, but this is a beginning not and end. We are living
far apart but we are strongly linked by spirit, by friendship and by our shared love
of Mother Earth. We rejoice in our unity and brotherhood. We are two peoples sharing
the same heart.
Bex, Kate and Frank went to the airport to wave goodbye.
It was so hard to do with two very special people that we will miss so much until
we meet again. We will always be in each others hearts and prayers.