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Happy Solstice!

Welcome to the shortest day, the day we turn Stonehenge over to smelly hippies who have no more idea what the builders of Stonehenge believed than my chickens have.

I love this picture (uncredited); it shows how close Stonehenge is to a couple of major roads. See where the road splits in the upper left corner. The Heel Stone, middle left, is practically on the side of the road.

I was shocked. It loomed out of the plain like a Texaco station.

Still, there are 1,000 less famous stone circles left in the UK. Plenty of places to cavort naked on the solstice. Tip: pick the Summer solstice.

From here, Winter begins, but the days get longer again. I’ll take it.

In the thread before this one, tomfrompv suggested someone might want a break from my low effort holiday shitposting by submitting a guest post. If you’re burnin’ to be published on a low traffic but very elderly blog, message me at stoaty@sweasel.com.


Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: December 21, 2022, 10:51 pm

Not too long ago, I was out on YouTube and rewatched “Standing With Stones”, a fascinating tour of some of the major stone circles and monuments. Highly recommended.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 22, 2022, 1:01 am

Listen! Enough with the elderly stuff!
Next you’ll be getting letters from the Neptune society and Taylored Legacy making the blog outstanding offers and AARP trying to get the blog to sign up.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: December 22, 2022, 3:13 am

Now I’m hoping I was right about readers with big egos.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2022, 10:03 am

I absolutely adored Standing with Stones. I’m sure I must have flogged the program here before, but just in case: GO WATCH IT.

Comment from Drew458
Time: December 22, 2022, 9:59 pm

Practically? I pulled it up on Street View in Google maps, and it looks to me that you could reach over the chain link fence and touch the heel stone from the walkway alongside the stub road there. It’s not the A360 but it could have been. It seems to end as a vehicular street and then become a walking path, which ends with a low platform just a few feet the other side of the heel stone. Doesn’t seem to be any parking at that end, off the branch from the A303.

Whoever runs the short hop bus on the other side, from the A360 parking lot to the henge down the “Not The A360” coach road must make a nice living going a mile back and forth all day long.

Comment from Drew458
Time: December 22, 2022, 10:15 pm

I envy the country life you must lead if you feel these are “major” roads. I think we have wider streets in our condo park. A stone’s throw to the north, in the big city of Larkhill, the really local streets, Willowoughby and Fargo, are less than 18 feet wide. About the same as my driveway. No wonder everyone there drives such teensy vehicles … y’all forgot to build roads!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 22, 2022, 11:02 pm

Those roads are perfectly fine for Roman Chariots and Saxon goat carts.

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