I didn’t join any druids at Stonehenge, but it definitely was a highlight to see in person.
I saw Stonehenge in 1998 when I was there for a college semester. Just so you know it is located in the middle of nowhere in England. It was really neat to see in person, just sad that we can no longer walk among the stones. I can’t recall who this is in the photo with me other than it was another girl that was also in the semester abroad program. Going to Stonehenge was one of the extra group trips that one could take during our time in England.
In May 2010, my mom, sister, and I did happen to walk in the druid garden area in Blarney National Park (located in Ireland). We walked along the garden path and stopped at different places that had plaques explaining a little about different druid monuments where they once did different druid stuff. One of the places was the Blarney Witch Stone. People would leave offerings on the stone for good luck and also so the witch wouldn’t get you if you stayed there after dark. My sister tried putting a coin in the stone, but it kept falling off. We weren’t sure what that was supposed to mean, did the witch want more money?
On the way to Killarney, we found one of Ireland’s stone circles. As you will see, at this one you can still walk around the stones. It is called the Dromberg Stone Circle and has been around for a very long time. It may not look as mysterious as Stonehenge’s large stacked stones, but it still is impressive with the way people formed them and used it for seasons and such (as far as we know).
895 Abolish the death penalty
879 Address the nation
880 Administer the Heimlich maneuver successfully
871 Be a pen pal
872 Bring back, and update, the Roman orgy
884 Comfort the afflicted
892 Depose a witness
887 Enjoy at least one bad habit
889 Enter a Pro-Am tournament
893 Exorcize demons
891 Go down into a coal mine
897 Have an architect design the house in your head
888 Hike in the Swiss Alps
885 Hire someone to wrap all your Christmas presents
876 Hit the bell at a carnival
882 Introduce two people who soon get married
896 Make a list of all your desires
890 Pan for gold
894 Partake in a demonstration
899 Play detective
883 Profess your loves and hates
898 Reach the peak of Kilimanjaro
878 Read Rainer Maria Rilke
877 Ride a motorcycle south on US 1 in California
875 See Stonehenge and join the Druids
874 Take a child with you to cut down a Christmas tree on a snowy night
900 Walk on stilts
886 Ward off an invasion
873 Water-ski in your bare feet
Every month I am taking 30 items from the 2001 Things to Do book and creating a short checklist. I am using this as inspiration to work on crossing things off the list, maybe not particularly from that month, but overall to do something different. This is not necessarily a “bucket list”; it is a goal that by doing something new (or doing something I’ve done before but hadn’t documented it with photos or journaling) I will keep from feeling in a rut. I will be able to look back at the little, big, sad, happy, joyful, or heart thumping moments and feel my life has value.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“A good life is a collection of happy moments” by Dennis Waitley
This is a reminder to myself of why I have this blog. I’m working through posting all the items from the book and beyond, to keep in mind to do something. To get out there for experiences and adventures.
I’d love to hear if you have done any of these. Or if you have other ideas to try.