Rising bright and early at 8.30, showered and breakfasted at our fully equipped accommodation by ten, we began Ho’s Magical Mystery Birthday Bash with a drive out to the remains of Carn Euny, an iron age fort not far from St Just.
This incredible example of early architectural engineering features a fougou, an underground chamber with a circular central room and two tunnels that converge at it’s entrance.
The stonework is extraordinary, as you can see in this clip.
Taking a green, sunlight dappled path away from the ancient settlement, we headed towards the site of a Clootie well
…and the Clootie trees, with their colourful offerings.
As it turned out, Ho had provided us all with our own clooties to hang in the branches, adding to the colours already festooning the tree.
It’s an ideal place to wander and listen to the birdsong and the sound of trickling water, or for simply sitting in quiet reflection.
This clip gives you an idea of the tranquil atmosphere that pervades the whole area around the ancient well, which has protected site status. (The only maintenance being the annual removal of offerings, to avoid damage to the trees)
And there was more to come, as we headed off for an encounter at a stone circle…