One of my current projects is exploring the UK with my husband, Richard, to discover where we want to make our permanent home. The place we’re living in at the moment is rented for a year or so while we do this.
All the indications are that it will be somewhere in the Cotswolds, a range of hills about 2 hours west of London comprising the largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, and often referred to as ‘The Heart of England’.
One of the most important considerations when looking for a new home is to find land energies that are compatible with your own. Made of oolite limestone formed in the Jurassic period when England was located in the tropics 210-140 million years ago, the Cotswold Hills are essentially made of fossilized marine animals, which gives them an exquisite quality of etheric aliveness. I get instantly happy whenever I go there.
The name ‘Cotswolds’ is thought to derive from the old English Codesuualt, meaning Cod’s-wold or ‘Cod’s high open land’. Cod (or Cuda) is the name given to the mother goddess presence said to preside over the area. Another interpretation of the origin of the name is that it comes from the sheep (cote) that ranged freely over the uncultivated open land (wolds). But I like the first version better.
Most of the buildings in the region are made of Cotswold stone, which has a beautiful honey golden colour. J.B. Priestley described it, and its etheric qualities, very well when he said, “The truth is that it has no colour that can be described. Even when the sun is obscured and the light is cold, these walls are still faintly warm and luminous, as if they knew the trick of keeping the lost sunlight of centuries glimmering about them.”
While house hunting earlier this year we lived in a number of places built from Cotswold stone and absolutely loved the feel of it. It’s used to make bricks for house walls, slates for roofs, paving slabs for floors, and rough stones for the hundreds of miles of beautifully maintained dry stone walls in the Cotswold countryside. We plan to visit a quarry soon to feel how it feels in its natural state.