Wayland’s Smithy

by Kate Everson

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Copyright 2011 Kate Everson

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Wayland’s Smithy is a chambered long barrow in Oxfordshire, England. It is surrounded by large beech trees with faces on them. If you take the trail from the Ridgeway near the Uffington White Horse, you might find poppies and daisies in the cornfields and English ivy growing right up to the tops of the trees.

And if you’re lucky, you might get to Wayland’s Smithy and find two ladies there celebrating a birthday with cake and champagne, inviting you to join them.

“Getting there is half the fun!” smiled Rebekah.

A sign pointed the way to the Smithy and she wandered past farmers’ fields gleaming in the sunlight. There was corn growing, already high in August, and with it were bright orange poppies and pretty white daisies!

“Just like in the Wizard of Oz,” laughed Rebekah.

She lay down in the field amidst the flowers, but being very careful not to inhale!

It was a poppy paradise!

Rebekah spent awhile just lying in the poppies and daisies in the field of corn. Then, with flowers in her hair, she walked further down the trail.

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