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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!
A POPPY FIELD ON SALISBURY PLAIN - WILTSHIRE
The Historians were the first to hurry from the coach to look at the splendid structure. But there was no holding the two little children!  They were off like the wind before Keeva could grab hold of them! No doubt they were tired of being on the coach. However, to them, 'stretching their legs' meant taking off at top speed and continuing to run!

Buddy was there once more to assist Keeva with their supervision, and she was becoming quite fond of this gentle policeman.
They booked into a nearby hotel, and our four 'Druids', Guinny, Brady, Emma Y and Katie T, returned in the afternoon to meet with the human Druids who were gathering for a special celebration.  They wore circlets of flowers, as was traditional. They were given a warm welcome, and it was a happy and memorable occasion for them.
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After a restful night (on more feather beds!) and a traditional English Breakfast, consisting of a delicious mixed grill as well as cereal, they were back on the coach on their way to Gloucestershire. They were very keen to see the COTSWOLDS - one of the loveliest areas in England, and a great tourist destination.

They hurried from the coach to explore the quaint streets with their thatched cottages, climbing roses and walls decked with ivy. It was pure magic!

Stella and Tater were demonstrating their athletic skills, while a certian member of the 'Cheeky Lads' was getting up to his old tricks again - PEEPING INTO WINDOWS!

MacKenzie Jane seems to have chosen Cody as her beau (with far-reaching prospects?), and I wonder what Nico asked Morgan???
The Druids were eagerly looking forward to reaching Wiltshire, where they were going to attend a special gathering with other modern-day Druids at the famous STONEHENGE on the Salisbury Plain.

The scenery along the way was lovely to behold, especially a field of red poppies. Hurley had his camera out snapping away, and everyone else was taking pictures, too, of this magnificent sight.

But the main attraction was a little further along. When it came into view, there were gasps of admiration.

The coach stopped so that everyone could investigate this ancient monument. What had it been, thousands of years ago? Had it been a place of worship and sacrifice? Had it been some kind of Observatory? Or had it been the burial place of ancient kings and chieftains ?

Here is an article about the mystery of STONEHENGE:


What is Stonehenge?

Is it an astronomical observatory? Probably not, though there are certainly solar and lunar alignments to be found in the final arrangement of stones.


Was it a Druid temple, complete with sacrifices and ceremonies? Sorry, no. The Druids were Celtic priests, not due for another 1500 years at least. What on earth was it then?


It was probably a multipurpose ceremonial centre, like other early circles, relating to fertility, death, and rebirth. There are remains of quite a few cremations and other burials nearby and inside the circle. It was obviously an important site in the religious observances of the Bronze Age culture, but precisely what those observances were it isn't possible for us to say. In other words, we don't know, but half the fun of Stonehenge is the speculation.
Some were taking a closer look at an old graveyard. Dasher was living up to his name, and Willie showed just 'what big ears' he has!

 
There are always interesting things to learn in old graveyards!
Others of the group were crossing a stream which ran alongside a picturesque village. Finnegan, one of the 'Cheeky Lads', was showing off his swimming ability to Shana who was cheering him on.  But that water was VERY cold, and Dr Boogie and Nurse Kelsie D were concerned for his well-being and called for him to come out.

 
Everyone was observing the drama, and some were quite impressed!
Others had chosen a nearby Park, and the beautiful colours drew the attention of Hurley, who was busy with his camera.

 
There's always someone being a 'smartie-pants,' and there was one now, posing for Hurley, who made reference to an Australian bird (Pronounced Gal-AR!)
Further around, the same stream passed through another village.  The Cotswolds were packed with such delightful villages.

Hannah, the famous actress, had apparently looked up a friend, and the others were a little surprised to see her looking out the window of a rather distinguished looking building. Shadow, in particular, appeared to be a little envious! He did not know anyone in the Cotswolds.

Havisham, the Gypsy Fortune Teller, was picking up some positive vibes and declared that the place was 'lucky'.  Certainly Reilly was not going to ignore the tip!

Three of the Druids found it all quite inspiring, and one was even bursting with song!
               The day passed too quickly, and soon they were heading back to their hotel for the night.

                     They walked down the final little street before boarding the coach once more.


So another day came to a close. In the morning, after breakfast, they would be heading into Warwickshire, and to the birthplace of William Shakespeare in Stratford Upon Avon. 

They slept well, and the next morning, two little people had the thrill of 'breakfast in bed'!  

Oh, how DIFFERENT this was from that horrid Puppy Mill.  A little tear ran down Lola's cheek as she thought of their Mommy, and how they wished she could have escaped with them. But Barnaby smiled, and reminded Lola of how Mommy would have wanted them to embrace their freedom with great joy, and not sadness. 

So they wiped away the tears, and excitedly took the cover off their breakfast tray. They gasped with delight and clapped their paws together, as only children can when confronted with such a variety of delicious looking food!
By 8.30am they were all on the coach, waving goodbye to the Cotswolds and looking forward to entering into Shakespeare Country.
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AUTHOR'S NOTE:  Actually, Galahs are not stupid at all. Galahs, are like small children. Tests have shown that they have an IQ and emotional development equivalent to a three to five year old child. This means that they can learn things, have likes and dislikes, can sulk and have tantrums, and, when kept as pets, usually love a good cuddle !
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