The Ladies Page

COUNTRY ECHOES


| September/October 1974



BRANDON WISCONSIN RR-2 53919.

On the fifteenth of May a letter came to our mailbox from Claysville, Pa. The writer was Opal Brownlee and she has been baking Rhubarb Cobbler, and finds her family is eating it happily. But it seems somewhere along the line the amount of milk to use in the recipe was omitted. So, if you have been wondering about that, it is a half cup. Opal used that amount, she said, so she has a good sense of proportion, it would seem. Thank you, Mrs. Brownlee.

In this column we are going to stray far from recipes, though I thoroughly agree they do have an important place in our lives. My thoughts were turned to this subject recently when we spent a few evening hours in the home of my husband's niece. Their daughter, Sandy, spent four months in Europe during last school year. She was one of a rather large group of students from Stevens Point who had this opportunity.

Among the slides she showed us were several of a most amazing structure, Stonehenge. I know I had heard the name, and that was all. We learned that this unbelievable landmark is located on Salisburg Plains in South England. It is an assemblage of symetrically set stones, the largest of which are 30 ft. long and 50 tons in weight.

Four of these enormous stones have Bronze Age carvings on them. It is generally believed to have been a place of worship, perhaps to the Sun God. Historians feel that it dates back to 1600 - 1400 B.C. How these huge stones were brought to this otherwise level place has never been solved. How they were set on end in a circle with huge lintel stones forming an arch all around only adds to the mystery. But it certainly does prove how ingenious somebody was.

The entire structure is encircled by a ditch, 300 ft. in diameter, with a bank on the inner side. There is a broad roadway called the Avenue running to it. The stones are arranged in four series. Sandstone is on the outside, within that is a bluestone circle, the third is horseshoe shaped, and in the area left is the Altar Stone, a block of blue marble, 15 feet in length.