June 21st, 2014

The Shortest Night

I am lying here awake, as I am being boiled alive in this brick oven of a bedroom. This time twenty days ago, I was dodging showers in a coat and having a hotwater bottle at night; now I am barely wearing a sheet and have the fan rattling at force five. Drinking lots of water as I wake with a sleep headache, which I presume is from dehydrating rather than oversleeping.

* mumble, grumble, crumble *

The Ressuraction of Carwynnen Quoit

Carwynnen Quoit pre collapse - picture courtesy of Charles Thomas (via heritageaction.wordpress.com)

Today is the final placement of the capstone of Carwynnen Quoit, a neolithic monument, which collapsed over forty eight years ago.  I think it is the first rebuilt monument in recent Cornish history and it is especially significant that it is rebuilt on the Summer Solstice.  I will be out to take shots of it and will saddle up with shades and sunblock, because it promises to be absolutely roasting :-)

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For more interesting links:

BBC news report September 2012, with video ------------> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-19554301

Full Heritage Action article ----------------------------> http://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/carwynnen-a-monument-like-no-other/

Carwynnen Quoit - Summer Solstice 2014


As I was warned it was busy, I parked significantly back from the proceedings.  Very very warm (it is not called Frying Pan Field for nothing - it is a suntrap) and I have sunburn on the underside of my neck, but lovely to be part of such a historic occasion.  This will reclaim its status alongside other famous quoits such as Lanyon Quoit and Chun Quoit. Below are the film shots I took, bit of a problem as I was running out of battery and space - hence two parts :-)

Photos --------------> https://www.flickr.com/photos/schnowbaby/sets/72157644876046448/

BBC News item ---> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-27945128

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