[From the Journal, April 2010 ….]


It’s actually quite easy to forgive the surroundings, a near-derelict military camp just East of Crickhowell, as this stone has a self-contained charm of its own that allows it to blend in perfect harmony with an adjacent tree and keeps your eye from straying to the adjacent MoD squalor.

It’s not instantly clear these days why the stone was placed here on what was and is a flat and featureless flood plain of the River Usk, but if you paint out the buildings from your consciousness it seems clearer, perhaps. There are distant hills in every direction, the Black Mountains to the North and the Brecon Beacons to the South, forming a full circle of peaks. Which of them, if any, were considered auspicious by those who first erected the stone? Who knows? Perhaps they all were.