20 December Redux

I woke up about 6, had some yogurt and fruit and coffee with some fellow lottery winners, a couple from California, and walked to the visitors center at 7. It was the first time I’d been out that early, so I can’t say whether the fact that there were stars on the horizon was unusual, but it certainly felt propitious.

At the visitors center, I spotted a woman sitting alone, and uncharacteristically asked if I could join her. Coincidentally, she turned out to be Mia, a Belgian native who works as art historian in Dublin and is occasionally a guide for Mary Gibbons, whose tour Trisha and I took in the spring and whom I’d invited to be my solstice guest. Even more coincidentally, Mia was a lottery winner herself. We were joined by Mia’s solstice guest, Pat, a high school Irish teacher who on weekends drives a tour bus for Mary. Mary arrived just as we were about to board a bus up to the site, having nearly overslept.

The weather was holding as we took the bus up the hill.

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And walked up the hill to the tumulus, where Druids and others were gathered:

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The orthostats on the right are part of a fragmented ring of nine stones that were placed around the tumulus a thousand years after the tomb was built.

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The weather continued to hold over the Boyne, though the clouds on the left were getting that look that clouds get just before they obscure a rising sun.

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But as you already know, we were about to hit the jackpot:

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Here’s another angle. Sorry about the focus problem:

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Here’s Mary Gibbons, a woman who talks for a living and who could say only: “Extraordinary,” over and over.

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Here’s Mary outside, followed by Pat. Inside, I had to ask Pat for a tissue, since we were both in tears. He gave me a whole packet, which I needed.

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Mia (l.) and Leontia Lenahan, supervisor of Newgrange guides and our guide in the chamber today.

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“Druids” at kerbstone 52 (O’Kelly: “…rivals the entrance stone in the quality of its ornament….):

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Solstice sunbather:

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One Response to 20 December Redux

  1. labrooke2468 says:

    I’m using my tissues too…

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