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“Spring flew swiftly by, and summer came; and if the village had been beautiful at first, it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.”

~Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist.

Photo: Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England.

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Bradford-on-Avon. Wiltshire, England by Ed Moskalenko

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Some of the great medieval cathedrals of the south and south west of England - the inspiration for Ken Follett’s ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ (1989). Left to right, top to bottom: Winchester Cathedral exterior, medieval floor tiles inside Winchester Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral exterior, the cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral in the morning mist, the chapter house at Salisbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral exterior and Wells Cathedral interior.

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England: Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire - Crawley, Shaftesbury, Chawton, Castle Combe, Lulworth, Winchester, East Meon, Erlestoke, Corfe Castle, Winchester

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Yarnbury Castle, Wiltshire, England

Yarnbury Castle is a multiphase, multivallate Iron Age hillfort near Steeple Langford in Wiltshire. Excavations have revealed Iron Age and Romano-British pottery, Roman coins and burials of human remains. There is much evidence of prolonged and extensive settlement of the site including around 130 separate structures of various sizes, most probably representing a mix of round houses, pits, and other features. Stonehenge, Avebury stone circles and other ancient landmarks are also located in Wiltshire.

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Hello, some of you may have heard recently about Gertrude the sheep, she was the worlds largest sheep and was an attraction for tourists in a farm in Wiltshire, England. Recently, she unfortunately died at the age of 3 which is quite young for a sheep even for her size. It is believed she died because of grief when her health deteriorated after the manager of the attraction, Richard (Dick for short) ordered the removal of her ram companion whom she had reproduced with. Employees have since said the ram (named David) has also gone in to a downward spiral with his health. They have started a protest against their manager, after he refused to reunite Gertrude and David, even when the signs pointed towards their deteriorating health being due to their separation. As well as not giving extra funding to help David to recover. In the name of Gertrude staff want to fire Dick and get some much needed financial support to help aid David in getting better. All they ask for people to do to help them and Gertrude is to share the simple hashtag #DICK OUT FOR HER RAM BAE

Summer Solstice 2017, Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.

Thousands of people descend on the ancient religious site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire to watch the sun rise for the summer solstice, with many dressed in flower garlands or druids’ robes, marking the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.

The Neolithic monument of Stonehenge is widely believed to be a prehistoric temple built to mark the movements of the sun, according to English Heritage. The heel stone and slaughter stones at the site are aligned with sunrise on summer solstice.

The summer solstice occurs around the 21 June in the northern hemisphere and is the time when the sun reaches its highest point of the year at the Tropic of Cancer, resulting in the longest day.