Wild Violets Round the Witch Stone

wild violets round the witch stone

Wild Violets

I walked up to the local witch stone this morning, and found wild violets growing round the base of it. This stone is said to mark the site of historical witch burnings, and these little purple flowers seemed fitting somehow. Like nature had placed something beautiful where once there was ugliness.

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Someone had left a wee wicker offering too.

wicker offering at the witch stone beside wild violets

And the landowner had trimmed the gorse.

witch stone by trees

And the final item on this list of witch-stone happiness? I was actually able to walk up the hill to the stone for the first time since my latest autoimmune flare-up.

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17 Replies to “Wild Violets Round the Witch Stone”

    1. Nobody knows. The landowner says there is no documentation on the stone at all. There was shame after the trials and burnings were over, and proof was sometimes destroyed.

  1. I’m so happy to hear you walked up the hill. And what a nice surprise to find the violets! Those grow in my gravel driveway, and they’re the only ‘weed’ I never trim out of it. I’ve got quite a patch of them now, and look forward to their pretty blossoms every year.

  2. I note how those who live in Scotland can write, “I walked up to the local witch stone this morning …” We in Canada cannot do that! I guess that’s a good thing? But there are times when you rich and varied history inspires envy.

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