Stonehenge...a prehistoric, mysterious circle of upright stones in southern England of which construction began some 5,000 years ago, built in phases_it is such a magnificent monument that it would impress no matter where it is.The astonishing scale and beauty of the stones, the great care and labor in construction, and the mystery that surrounds its original purpose are just some of the reasons Stonehenge is a "World Heritage Site".Under stormy skies,a fresh snowfall, a rainbow, a full moon,or the rising sun on the Autumnal Solstice(TODAY!), it is mystical and magical. The picture above is the original design.
"Our Stonehenge Garden"...Rewind to 1997.We lived in the DFW metroplex. After looking at many designs of Gardens, a decision was made to create "Garden Rooms" in our small backyard.Thus "Tranquility Gardens" became our christening name for this effort. Around that time, my husband was deep into researching his family roots in Ireland, had served as President of The Ft. Worth Irish Association and participated in Historical Reenactments dressed in Irish Zouave uniform. Did I mention that he had been painting_(no formal training)_ for many years? In one week he'd painted...surrounded by our beloved Boston Terrier (Pettie) & Doberman (Heidi)....his rendition of a "Druid Ceremony at Stonehenge"!
Because of our love for Meditation, Zen, Peacefulness, Beauty,
Nature, etc...over the course of another two week_ this painting morphed into "Our Stonehenge Garden Room". John gathered
seven 8 foot plywood sheets, henged (as in hinged,no pun intended) them together, gathered his paints and was "Assisted" by our Manx cat named "Kitty Cat" & went to work....
...Finishing touches, we had purchased the stones for "The CIRCLE"**,he'd painted the cinder blocks with a wrap-around Rose as a Love Note to me, the Gazing Ball was in place & candles of course, Spider plants, Elephant Ears plants, etc...large pots of Bamboo Trees lead you down the path to the entrance of which stood a very large Pagoda, and a Chiminea was placed in the circle! The painter takes a breather here next to the Chiminea Fireplace...
And so "Our Stonehenge Garden Room" was finished. Here's a look at what my husband created...Indeed, a "talented man"!
"Stonehenge-esque Shadows in Our Garden"
(John used "Glowing in the Dark "paint for the Stars & Moon...beautiful day and night)
We spent many days and nights sitting in this most special "Garden Room".Friends, family and sometimes just the two of us late into the night (3-4am) enjoying a really magical time amongst the painted monoliths of Stonehenge! When we moved to New Hampshire...we donated it to a Celtic organization_ they were overjoyed!
**About the significance of the Circles:
Circles have many meaning_ a reference on Earth to the Heavens, the Sun is circular except when eclipsed,full moon is a disc either waxing or waning, oldest form of Dance is in a circle(Priests 4,000 years ago danced in a circle while chanting prayers for the "Circle of Protection"), labyrinths, turf mazes all circular,it is a symbol of Eternity for Christians, Weddings or Engagement Rings symbolize an unbroken & faithful circle, as with Life an expression of Renewal & Rebirths is a circle, etc... Have you discovered your Circles?
*The Bluestones (igneous rock) were the first stones to arrive at Stonehenge. They do not appear Blue but blotchy grey-brown
*According to British Historian, Geoffrey Monmouth_ the medicinal powers of Stonehenge stones were stimulated by pouring water over them for the sick to bathe in.
*Stonehenge was either a Burial Ground,Healing/Ritual Site or an Astrological time clock.....or?
*Evidence that people made healing pilgrimages to Stonehenge also comes from human remains found in the area, most spectacularly from the richest Neolithic grave ever found in the British Isles belonged to the “Amesbury Archer”—a man between 35 and 45 years old who was buried about five miles from Stonehenge between 2400 and 2200 B.C. with nearly 100 possessions, including an impressive collection of flint arrowheads, copper knives and gold earrings.
*Druids_ In the popular mind, it is the Druids (the Priests of the Celtic religion of the Iron Age) that is often associated with Stonehenge.Throughout the 20th century, Stonehenge began to be revived as a place of religious significance, this time by adherents of Neopagan and New Age beliefs, particularly the Neo-druids.
*Regarding Pagan_The three biggest holidays celebrated in the United States and that are paganistic in origin are Halloween, Christmas, and Easter. To the average person the first reaction to that statement is that the writer has made a bit mistake; Halloween maybe, but not the others. Yet all these holidays do indeed have their origins in the pagan world.
*Druids practiced "The Pythagorean Doctrines"_one of which was Vegetarianism...thus "The Pythagorean Diet".
We had the pleasure of visiting this site in New Hampshire_
Lesser known "Henges"_
No one really knows the reasons why Stonehenge or any of the other marvels of the World were built. There will always be theories of it's use, the people, etc....
But...one thing for sure that I know_ "Our Stonehenge Garden Room" was built for personal reflection, Fellowship, imagination,
beauty,an extension of our hospitality and the
"Painter Instinct"of My Husband's mind !!!!