There are two Ceremonies at the Summer Assembly, the second being a dawn rite which is usually held at Stonehenge. I haven’t been for a few years because I found to my cost that I could either ‘do’ the Eisteddfod or the Ceremony, but not both. I was just too tired and spacey if I tried. However there was a cock up this year, English Heritage double booked our Stonehenge slot and as a result the Ceremony was rescheduled for Avebury … I thought about it for a bit and, what the hell, I decided to go for it!
I was hoping to grab a few hours sleep at least, but the dry weather meant there were a lot of folks drinking, arguing and riding skateboards up and down the street outside our hotel. I think I must have caught about twenty minutes before the alarm went at 3.45 and it was time to get the coach. I think the drive over is one of the highlights of the weekend, we managed to snag a front seat, and as the sun rose behind the clouds I had the good fortune to see a fox, hares, a deer, a harrier (on the verge) and a huge number of bunnies.
The Ceremony itself is more laid back and unscripted than that on the Tor and provides an opportunity for everyone to join in the spirit of the occasion by donning the Oak King’s Crown and taking the opportunity to speak.
I have a small selection of photos, I realised after posting those of the Tor – all seventy odd – that I had mistakenly put them in gif format, doh! I really ought to go back and repost but it will have to wait until I have another two hours to kill! Hopefully these will be a bit better …
To get us in the mood here is Damh’s version of Hal an Tow from tales of the Crowman