Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 24th 2011

On December 24th we, all the family visited Stonehenge - Esperance. This is a (to quote the 'fact sheet') "complete replica to scale of the original "Stonehenge" in the UK. The children had a great time running around the standing stones and playing hide and seek, while the adults took many photos.
"The structure is aligned with the summer solstice - Esperance WA. The station stones will be positioned on this line to allow the sun rays to pass through to the altar. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year (22nd December)and the sunset on the winter solstice is also in alignment, which is the shortest day of the year (21st June)."
"137 Stones of Esperance Pink Granite quarried adjacent to the Beale's property in Esperance, Western Australia." It was interesting and is deliberatly not a 'ruin', but a replica of the original. In conversation with the owner my SIL discovered that there had been weddings and other ceremonies at the site, but that she wouldn't allow 'pagan rituals'. (My mind wondered/giggled at that, as it is a commercial venture and it does cost $'s to enter the site, but hey everyone has a 'personal line' :-)
The gift shoppe had some interesting pens in local timbers, that @flexnib would maybe have liked. :-) @kalgrl

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