We spent the day at Hertsmonceux on Sunday.
The moated castle is now an educational centre, having been donated to a Canadian University and therefore is not open to the public.
The gardens were laid out in such a way that one led into another and another, each one opening to a fresh delight. Everywhere were little blackboards with sayings - mostly from Shakespeare. There were a couple of sundials, random sculptures, butterflies, bees, Canadian geese, a displaying peacock and a distinctly unimpressed peahen. A wonderland for children and adults alike.
Once we'd explored all the gardens, we moved into the surrounding forested area where we found, much to our happy surprise - Herst-Henge.
Various tree stumps have been placed in a circle, some of them with runes etched in red.
The first rune we saw was BEORC - 'New Beginnings' birth, marriage. I found this very apt and no coincidence - the day before had been the Super Moon and we'd experienced some new beginnings.
The only rune we couldn't find was ODAL - 'Legacy'. Lol, Greg pointed out that I'd left a legacy when I quickly nipped into the bushes to have a pee.
Once we'd explored the whole area, we sat under the Chestnut trees in the tea garden having a bite to eat.
|BEORC - new beginnings|
|SIGIL - health / wise direction|
|LAGU - inspiration / intuition|
|DAEG - prosperity|
|CEN - spiritual enlightenment|