General Letter May ~ Summer is a-coming in

Dear Friends,
The song below is a 13th century medieval song which I remember singing when I was at school. It has wonderful lyrics. Below the original version is a modern English translation.Svmer is icumen in
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med
and springþ þe wde nu.
Sing cuccu!Awe bleteþ after lomb,
lhouþ after calue cu,
Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ.
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu,
Wel singes þu cuccu.
ne swik þu nauer nu!
Sing cuccu nu, Sing cuccu!Summer is a-coming in
Loudly sing cuckoo
Groweth seed and bloweth mead
and springs the wood anew
Sing cuckoo!

Ewe bleateth aft-er lamb,
Calf loweth after cow,
Bullock starteth, buck farteth,
Merry sing cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo!
Well singest thou cuckoo,
Nor cease thou never now!
Sing cuckoo now, Sing cuckoo!

My huge apologies for this very late email, giving you some of the first crop circles, starting in April with several in oil seed rape (canola). This is the easiest crop for testing the veracity of the circle, as we have found that owing to the plant being hollow stemmed and brittle, if bent, it breaks at an angle of more the 40 degrees. I think I have sent you images in an earlier letter showing the distinct difference between both the man-made crop and the genuine one.

Sadly because the farmers would not allow anyone to visit the early circles, I was not able to check them out.

The second circle was at Waden Hill (part of the ancient sites all around that particular area, such as Avebury and West Kennet Long Barrow etc.) which in the olden days of long ago, in the time of our forefathers, would probably have been called Woden Hill after the Norse God who in Germanic mythology derived from the Norse God Odin, a widely revered god. He seemed to represent and be associated with a myriad of characters such as healing, death, royalty, the gallows, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy, and the runic alphabet, and was the husband of the goddess Frigg.

Waden Hill lies in between the magnificent Silbury Hill and Avebury complex.

The vivid yellow flowers of oil seed rape (canola) plant have now faded and when flying over the fields they appear as a pale bluish colour.

The next crop to act as host to the circles is barley. It is a deliciously soft and seductive crop gently brushing against one’s legs as one walks down the tramlines, (the bare lines in the fields running horizontally or vertically, used by the farmers to make sowing and spraying easier as a point of entry).

After a long dry and chilly period followed by days of much needed rain, a wonderful Goddess figure appeared earlier this week on the 22 May at Cerne Abbas, close to famous male fertility symbol. For the Goddess figure to arrive close by seemed a special balancing up of the two energies in the landscape.

Cerne Abbas is close to the little village of Ansty where the memorable circle appeared last year which drew visitors from all over the world. Sadly when I flew over it yesterday, it was so badly worn that it was almost impossible to photograph. I could see that the crop had not been a very dense one to start with and had become easily damaged.

And only yesterday another circle was discovered nestling directly below the Milk Hill chalk white horse. It was a very crisp pattern and looked wonderfully comfortable resting in the field of barley beneath its guardian above.

Usually any circle found along the Pewsey Vale is harvested out immediately, so it was all credit to Brian Reid, the kind farmer who has kept it in so far. Admittedly there are not many people around just at this early part of the season so the likelihood of his crop being damaged is hopefully slight. I do hope so anyway. I did go in the first day it appeared with Hugh Newman of Megalithomania and his mother Meg, who returned to the car as it was a long walk. On entering the formation I was struck by the quality of the crop as it felt almost as bouncy as when I was walking on a newly laid and very thick Wilton carpet of the best quality.

Whereas the majority of the crop seemed undamaged I did notice several tread marks from the soles of shoes left by people where they had trodden on the crop. I was wearing a pair of canvas shoes and I found it interesting to note that when I stood on the crop, my soles left no mark (I had no treads on the bottom of my shoes, also I only weight about 108 lbs (49 kilos). I do know that a friend of mine had been in before me with a colleague so that could explain the tread marks. But I will never know!

I examined as much as I could for further evidence but ran out of time. Many is the time when I am asked to pronounce on how many circles are man made and how many are genuine—this was an excellent example of the many times I have to say that ‘I have no opinion’ – in other words I do not know and cannot make a judgement as I was not the first person into the formation.

I flew over it yesterday taking two friends with me as the helicopter can take the pilot plus three passengers. Flying over the countryside always gives me and my passengers an enormous thrill and my heart gladdens to see an unspoilt landscape where cattle and sheep graze and crops are grown for our ever increasing demand for food. In addition, seeing the hills, sacred mounds, castles and winding rivers is an extra bonus. Soon there will be glistening fields of red poppies adding a touch of colour to the landscape. It was the artist L.S Lowry who always included a speck of red in all his paintings and it is extraordinary how that little speck can bring the whole painting to life. On a more mundane level, I love counting the number of houses that have swimming pools!

If you would like to join me in a helicopter flight, please contact me and send me your landline and mobile telephone numbers. It is often at very short notice. 

Now that summer seems to be right on our doorstep, please remember to book if you would like to join me on one of my two wonderful tours. The crop circle tour on the 25th of July is fully booked but there are still spaces for the special private evening entry to Stonehenge the same day. I am closing the booking for that on the 20th June so please hurry if you would like to join me for an experience of a lifetime as the places are going quite fast.

If you would like to book for this visit and are not on the crop circle tour, I will join you with my group in time to go in. If you arrive early you might like to visit the really outstandingly good exhibition at the centre and if you say you are with me on that day, you can enter for free before going into the stones.

There are still just a few spaces left for the crop circle tour on Thursday the 3rd August with the optional extra of flying over the circles after the tour in a small plane.

It is expensive to fly, so if you feel able to make a donation I would be very grateful.

My love and very best wishes to you all.


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