One of our clients booked a Wisewoman Walk with Cassandra and I. It is one aspect of our work where we could see someone in person but still maintain social distance. This current situation we have with Covid 19, the lockdown and social distancing has changed all our lives, particularly with our occupations.
We had to make some alterations to our walks, as we usually invite our clients to Cassandra’s cottage first and discuss whether or not they have any preferences for visiting sites in the area. If not, we choose them ourselves. As the cottage is so small, we would be unable to maintain the correct distance, so we arranged to meet our client at the car park of the Merry Maidens. We were also blessed with sunny weather which turned out to be much warmer than the forecast predicted.
These monuments are fascinating, particularly when they have an entrance leading deep into the ground. There is a strong sense of being observed from the darkness beneath…
We also observed two buzzards hunting for prey and they were still visible from each site we visited.
We passed the Merry Maidens stone circle to visit The Pipers standing stones. In order to avoid the hazardous bend in the road while walking, Cassandra led us through the fields.
We emerged from the fields and appeared further down the road where Cassandra brought our attention to a hawthorn bush and a blackthorn side by side. The differences between the two are more obvious when they are adjacent to one another.
We were unable to open a gate to the field that lead to the Piper’s stones but this did not deter Cassandra who proved that even now, at 70 years old, she can still climb over it.
The standing stones have a regal presence about them, with a tall and proud presence on the landscape.
The second stone leans to one side and we discussed how deep the base would need to be within the ground to stop it from toppling. Cassandra thought it would need to be at least a third of its length in order to keep it secure.
After this, it was back over the stile to make our way back to the Merry Maidens.
The Merry Maidens stone circle is a beautiful creation, surrounded by our local landscape and easy to find being situated close to the road.
Each stone within the circle has a different energy (in my experience of working with them). The grass surrounding the area is parched due to the hot weather and lack of rainfall.
On our way back to St Buryan, we stopped at Boskenna Stone Cross. It is one of our larger stone crosses that stands proudly at the edge of a three-way crossroads near the village.
We went on to Alsia Well from here, walking through a field of vibrant yellow buttercups. So many flowers this year have noticeably vivid colours and the following photograph does not do them justice!
The vegetation is seriously overgrown at Alsia Holy Well. , what with the lockdown and the area to the well being so small, social distancing is quite difficult. It was obvious there had been no visitors to the site for some time and we took turns to spend a little time visiting the well. Our client stated it was the most calm, peaceful energy she had experienced at a site.
From there we returned to our wonderful village of St Buryan. Cassandra explained the history of the Market Stone Cross that stands outside the gates of the village church.
There are some impressive stone monuments within the graveyard, we spent some time studying those as the moody black clouds crept across the blue sky, but fortunately it did not rain.
This is where our first ‘social distance’ Wisewoman Walk ended as we could not return to the cottage for a drink and a chat as we usually would. It was a wonderful experience to get out on the land again and work with a client in person after nearly 3 months of lockdown. It is certainly a different way of working now but still as enjoyable! Stay healthy and safe wherever you are and we will see you soon!
Feedback: “A fabulous wise women walk on a humid day in June. Cassandra and Laetitia are very knowledgable and work very well together in what they do. A wise women walk incorporates visits to local historic sites and knowledge of the hedgerows. Highly recommended.” N.G.