Back onto the Love Bus for a 20-mile trip to the nearby village of charming, tranquil Avebury to feast and make merry.
|Everybody's heard of Stonehenge, but few people know Avebury is the largest prehistoric monument in Europe with a 28-acre stone circle. It's been called "one of the six most mysterious spots on earth," and the existence of a village in its midst adds a dimension of incongruity.||Wise Owl conducts a guided tour of the
stones and shares some of their sacred history.
Here's a webcam view.
|Yeah, there's a wisenheimer in every crowd.||Our reception is being hosted in the haunted Red Lion Inn -- the only pub in the world standing inside a stone circle.|
|Everyone gets seated, and the merriment begins.||Steve peers down through the clear panel into the 86-ft. village well. Perhaps he hopes to spot a skeleton or two?|
|The newlyweds enter and silently light a Unity candle, symbolizing their new life together.||The wedding cake looks scrumptious, with its sugary roses and tiny mandorlas.|
|Everyone ordered whatever they liked from the menu, so we all enjoyed something different. Vicky Jo slipped back into her traditional white wedding garb.||Robin's brother Malcolm offers up an exquisite toast. (Eventually I'll transcribe and post it -- but it was a treat for the newlyweds, who were charmed with his eloquence.)|
|Time to chop up that cake!||Robin and Vicky Jo daintily nibble confection from each other's fingers.|
|The chocolate cake was excellent -- which was a relief since it had been ordered six weeks previously sight-unseen (and untasted!) from overseas. The newlyweds are sated, and VJ enjoys alcoholic cider, her favorite English beverage.||Awww... Michael couldn't stay awake for dessert. (Don't worry -- he'll get another chance at cake later back in California.)|
|Vicky Jo and Robin are just warming up! Hey, you can rest when you're dead -- we want to dance with happiness!||Fortunately, our coach did not turn into a pumpkin, though I think all our guests did. Back to London now, and everyone leaves England on the morrow. What a day it's been!|