I have just read about the recent finds at Stonehenge and Woodhenge, on The Modern Antiquarian – the bone-middens and the winter festivals that they might represent. Meanwhile I found myself unconsciously building a kind of bonfire I’ve never done, or seen done, before. Seven logs surrounding one tall central log, with space between each for bundles of kindling. The henge or harrispil of burning wood menhirs would be pushed gradually closer to the central Standing Log – but still apart to allow a venturi-effect of air to circulate. Until things collapse. And I’m happy to say – it worked.
Three families of our village – our best friends French and English – shared the cold and the heat of fresh pizzas and mulled wine. The video was taken by my son, Daniel Williams.