Today I paid a visit to the place where my life as a Druid began.

I had been a solitary pagan for a few years, been to a number of witchy/wiccan type group rituals. I had read so many books, lots of them about Druidry, which had sparked my interest.

My first Druid ritual though was at Barbrook stone circle, high up on the moors above Baslow in Derbyshire. It is beautiful and stark and windswept. And for me it was like coming home. There was a lovely group of people there, members of SONG (Spirit of the North Gatherings), led by the wonderful Maddy Johnson. We were made to feel so welcome and the ritual was powerful and moving. I had found my spiritual path and my home circle. 

That was many years ago now, and sadly SONG is no more, but that circle is still very special to me, and walking into it takes me back to the years we celebrated each sabbat there with them, and back even further to connect with those who built it.

Today, the circle felt sad. It seems from the overgrown paths and long grass in the circle as if it is no longer used regularly, and I think it misses it. Unfortunately it’s a bit far for our local group to use, but I hope someone does start to use it regularly. These places need that energy input. It brings them to life.

Up over the Moor at the back of Barbrook 1 is a very different circle, Barbrook 2. It looks completely different being ‘walled’. Ìt feels very womb like and welcoming and today felt a much happier place than Barbrook 1, but both are very special places. If you get a chance, I would recommend a visit!

Summer break

On Tuesday I worked my last day of Summer term and I will not go back until September 5th, nearly 7 weeks of freedom! 

So far the weather has been scorching, unbearably so at times. Wednesday morning saw me at the hospital for tests. Yesterday though, my youngest daughter was here for the day, so me and my two youngest children, 18 and 22, went into Lincoln for a wander about. We had a lovely walk along the river, sat by Bradford Pool watching the swans and drank coffee on the pavement outside a shop. 

We had a lovely lunch at a local farm shop and restaurant and then a walk in the park, before it was time to catch her train home.

To anyone else, this is perhaps not much of a day, but time with family is so precious, we need to enjoy it while we can.

Starting tomorrow I am also looking forward to some quality time with my husband, who has a week of work.

I enjoy this summer break, whatever the weather, and am so looking forward to being able to relax and recuperate. 

Happy summer everyone.