Dear Don X

Dear Don,

Full of cold and having an early night. Freezing in the house tonight and couldn’t really concentrate on anything, so I started looking back through some of the older pics from last year… before we ever put pen to paper for The Initiate. First thing I came across was one of our futile attempts at entry to the St Nicks opposite the Seeing Hill. And there I was the other week, trawling for the perfect cross for that map illustration for Dark Sage. Typical! It even has the twin beasts on the top…

the-triumph-of-horsenden-017Mind you, the more I look back, the clearer it becomes that we already had all the elements that very first weekend. From the chalk cross we only really understood last weekend to the dragons, chalk or otherwise… the hills, the Anglo-Saxon stuff, right back to the barrows and mounds and the High Ways. Even the… er… let’s call them stone pillars. I mean, I know we know that now, but seeing the pictures again after so long just brings it home.

Even the birds. The pictures we got of the red kites that weekend are still about the best I’ve managed so far! And Lord knows, I’ve tried…

kites-407_dxo_1I had a look at the Whiteleaf Cross though tonight. The earliest known reference dates back to 903AD and mentions a ‘phallic shaped boundary marker’. Apparently when the monks moved into the area they may have Christianised it with the cross piece. Which ties in with what we have been talking about. The surviving barrow up there seems to be of a rare type for the area too once I started digging a bit. Now we know the archaeology of the area a good bit better the landscape really comes to life in that respect.


It will be good to revisit some of the places now we can bring a greater depth of knowledge to them when you are down again. Who knows what else might come to light? Just hope the weather holds! The daft dog is burrowed under the cushions again snoring, and with luck settled for the night so I’m calling it a day.anu


Wen and Anu x

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:

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