Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Trudz
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Hello, and greetings from Australia!

Myself and another druid are visiting the UK in May until August this year, and were hoping to connect with other like-minded people.

We would greatly appreciate any advice and suggestions on places to see and thngs to experience while we are there. 

From beneath the inspiring eucalypts, on a hot summer's day,

Trudz 



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Re: Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Hi Trudz,

Yes it would be great to catch up, if you both have time to spare i'm sure it could materialise depending on your travelling schedule.

There was ideed a health event and recovering okay at present, so many thanks for the healing sent.

I've not forgotton the kind offer from 2009/10, it would certaily be wonderful to feel and experience additional sacred places in Oz.

Astrocelt



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Re: Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Thanks so very much Astrocelt! I would love to catch up with you again.

How are you? I heard you have had some health issues, so I hope you are on the mend... I did a healing fire in my circle and included you.

It is always a pleasure to show people around the special places here. And there is a spare bed here anytime!

Blessings of the Full Moon,

Trudz 



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Hi Trudz!

There is a warm welcome here, if there is time within your visiting schedule. Would love to share with you some of the special places within the locality. Specifically seeing TMG has shared theirs.

Blessings

Astrocelt

 



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Hi Trudz!

 

That's a lovely thing to say - you're welcome! I think travel can be so exciting, especially if it's to such a different environment... probably best to bring waterproofs if you're coming here, ha ha, rain is Britain's thing!

I believe the Galowan is generally held in june, but it's probably best to check the website for exactly when, it might change at this stage - think I gave you the link, if not, just give a shout...

 

Yes, the sea and beach are wonderful places, and you're right, it almost doesn't matter what sort, it's still good...

 

Maybe we could meet somewhere, see how that goes if you're in my area... Smile 

 

Joyful wishes!

 

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Re: Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Hello Trudz,

I am glad you like my suggestions. One must be really hardbitten not to feel joy and excitement wandering along the old tracks and touching the ancient stones of Hen Gymru. I'd be quite happy to meet up if you do come to Wales.

In the meantime, here are a few link tips to the sites I mentioned before:

 

http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/archaeology/emrys.html

http://www.vortigernstudies.org.uk/artcit/castel.htm

http://www.stonepages.com/wales/bryncelliddu.html

http://www.visitanglesey.co.uk/en-GB/barclodiad_y_gawres-83.aspx

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM435P_Ffynnon_Gybi_Llangybi_Gwynedd_North_Wales

http://www.megalithics.com/wales/druids/drudmp.htm

Have fun looking at them and do keep me posted!

Bendithion,

Holger

 

 

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Re: Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Greetings Oak King!

Wow! Thank you so much for all these wonderful suggestions - I am starting to get really excited about all these awesome places!

I visited Cymru (Wales) briefly (that is, for 2 days) on a bus tour of the UK about 16 years ago and loved it. I am really drawn to the tales of Merlin and so to visit Dinas Emrys would be amazing and energetically uplifting, I am sure. In fact, all the places you have suggested have got my blood pumping!

We were hoping to visit Iona as well, but there are just so many places that are calling, and unfortunately I only have 3 months long service leave from work, which will definitely not give me enough time to fit everything in. My travelling companion has a wedding to attend in Kent midway through May so she needs to be there then, (I am not attending) and we are hoping to be around Glastonbury for the Summer Solstice. 

Anyway, I really appreciate your reply and your suggestions, and perhaps we can meet for an ale or a mead while over there? You are so lucky to live in a place of such rich heritage. 

Thanks so much!

Trudz

(and yes, I am slowly remembering... this pilgrimage will help lift the veil :) ) 

 



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Hi EarthHeart!

thank you so much for really getting me excited about this trip! I will have to get a map and start pencilling everything in so we can get some sort of itinerary happening; all these places sound like they are a 'must see'!

When is the Galowen festival held? It sounds like fun.I will be taking my mandolin...  I have never been to Cornwall, but I am hoping that it does awaken some innner memories for me.

It's a shame you are not near the beach, but then I guess if you do get there it makes it extra special. When I was over there about 16 years ago I caught the train from London to Brighton and even though the beach was totally different to what we mostly have here, that is, no sand, it was still great to see the ocean, smell the salty sea, and paddle in the water. It was too cold for swimming though!

It would be great to meet up if that is possible.  I will shout you a drink or a cuppa!

With blessings from the White Cockatoo,

Trudz 



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Hello Trudz!

It sounds a wonderful plan!

I am currently not what one would call a bona fide Druid, however druidry is something that resonates deeply and I am exploring and hope to join. I live in England, in the middle region - which is almost as far away from the sea as one can get in Britain, it feels, which is why the sea is constantly calling, ha ha! 

That's amazing - well Cornwall will probably feel like a homeland then! An event that is rather wonderful there isthe Galowan festival http://www.golowan.org/ which really is such a diverse creative and often celtic seeming festival, which my family went to a few times when I was younger... the whole of penzance it seems, turn out with huge papier mache figures - puppets about twice the size of a person...one year they had a greenman and some really great breton music...

I see OakKing has answered with a lot of places in Wales that sound fantastic - another place I would suggest in Wales is Castell Henllys http://www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/default.asp?PID=397 a reconstructed iron age fort, built upon the excavated remains of the one that really stood there in the iron age. It certainly requires very little imagination to bring it all to life... they used to hold evening storytelling/myth telling there, but I think it probably only happens in the daytime now...but with a fire and the re-enactors there, it just gives out such an atmosphere, you can almost feel the past stirring around you...maybe there were druids passing by, 2000 years ago, who knows? It certainly seems a mystical place, even though during the day it can have quite a lot of children's activities and busy-ness.

As OakKing said, wherever you go, have a wonderful time!

Wishes of joy

EarthHeart 

 

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Hello Trudz,

Should your path lead you into Cymru (Wales) then here in the northwest are countless places worth experiencing. My favourite among them must be Dinas Emrys, the legendary place of Merlin's first prophesy. Altough there isn't much left of the old hillfort, the atmosphere there is truly magical and if you listen very carefully you might just hear his voice still whispering through the oak leaves. On the nort coast above Penmaenmawr is the 'Druid's Circle', a well preserved stone circle in remote upland area (with fantastic views over to Ynys Mon (Anglesey), the Great Orme near LLandudno and if you're lucky the Isle of Man), inhabited only by wild ponies. On Anglesey itself there are the fine burial chambers of Bryn Celli Ddu and Barclodiad y Gawres, and Din Lligwy were you'll find another burial chamber, remains of a 3rd century settlement and a tiny 12th century church close together. On the Llyn peninsula at the westernmost fringe there are a number of hillforts with Tre'r Ceiri being one of the best preserved in Britain, close to the seashore at 1500 feet the views are breathtaking. A few miles away there is Ffynnon Beuno, one of the best examples of a holy well which I would strongly recommend visiting. 

There are loads more standing stones, cromlechs, stone circles and the like - and I haven't even started on the places with a connection to the tales of the Mabinogion of which our valley is one. As you probably can imagine it fills me with a lot of pride to have the privilege of living in an area with such a rich history and mythological significance.

I hope this is is of some help. Wherever in the UK you might end up, I wish you a joyful, memorable and enjoyable time over here1

Bendithion,

Holger 

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Re: Visit to UK from 2 Australian Druids in May 2012

Greetings EarthHeart!

thanks for your reply, and yes, the eucalypts are all silvery in the wind... how amazing that you have one in your  back garden!

Maggie, my friend, and I are planning to go all over the UK, and see as many sacred places as possible.

We are members of OBOD and will be attending their summer ceremony at Glasonbury. We want to stay in that area for about 2 weeks as there is so much to see around there.

Another place I am really drawn to is Cornwall, as my grandfather's family came from there, and I love your suggestion about Minack Theatre; how wonderful to see an open air performance! I've never heard of this place before.

Where abouts in Britain are you? Are you a member of an Order or Grove, or practice solo? I have been a member of OBOD for about 12 years but have been doing ceremony with the Melbourne Grove since 2009,  I attended an Assembly before this and really enjoyed meeting with other druids. 

 

Blessings of a warm hearth,

its a hot summer's day here,

 

Trudz 

 

 



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Hello Trudz, greetings!

That sounds great. I have a eucalyptus too in my british back garden - they are inspiring aren't they? I love the way they sort of 'silver' if you know what I mean, in the wind...

 

Whereabouts are you going to be in UK? Or are you travelling all over? If you're in the area of Wiltshire, then you're probably going to definitely want to see Avebury and Stonehenge, which I'm sure you know of... but if elsewhere, a place sprang to my mind, so I'll put it here:

Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Built into the cliff, it is an open-air theatre that looks of greek origin, though built in the 1900's. It really has an atmosphere, and if you can see a performance there, even better!

There's so many places, but of course, they may be far away from where you are... anyway, just thought I'd answer, I'm sure there are more knowledgeable and definitely more experienced druidic types on here that can tell you more!

Best Wishes!

 

EarthHeart 

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EarthHeart
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Hello Trudz, greetings!

That sounds great. I have a eucalyptus too in my british back garden - they are inspiring aren't they? I love the way they sort of 'silver' if you know what I mean, in the wind...

 

Whereabouts are you going to be in UK? Or are you travelling all over? If you're in the area of Wiltshire, then you're probably going to definitely want to see Avebury and Stonehenge, which I'm sure you know of... but if elsewhere, a place sprang to my mind, so I'll put it here:

Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Built into the cliff, it is an open-air theatre that looks of greek origin, though built in the 1900's. It really has an atmosphere, and if you can see a performance there, even better!

There's so many places, but of course, they may be far away from where you are... anyway, just thought I'd answer, I'm sure there are more knowledgeable and definitely more experienced druidic types on here that can tell you more!

Best Wishes!

 

EarthHeart 

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