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Hold On A Minute… # 3

Back in the day when Crop Circle Nirvana was a website rather than a blog, we had a feature named ‘Hold On A Minute’, featuring some of our favourite ‘you what, mate? What in hell’s name are you on about!?’ cerealogical moments. You can read the original posts here and here. Though it sometimes seems as if our whole blog has turned into a ‘you what?’ catalogue, we’ve decided to resurrect the feature. Here are a few things that have caught our eye recently. The first is courtesy of Red Collie, aka Horace Drew, the second from Randell Sarneel. If anybody can explain what in sweet baby Jeez’ name either of these two gentlemen is on about, we’d be grateful.


Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014

Our favourite circle of the season, and one that we know was much-loved by many people.

Even the farmer loved this one, despite his initial misgivings. The story featured in The Daily Mail on 5 August 2014 and is well-worth repeating, if only because it’s heartening to see a farmer appreciative of a circle that appears on his land, especially in view of the anger of many Wiltshire farmers in recent years. Read it here – below we have included screen captures of the whole article, partly for convenience and partly in case the link goes down:


We were especially impressed with the fact that The Daily Mail of all people acknowledged that the pentagram is a harmonious symbol and not a satanic one. Unlike Andrew Pyrka and Report A Crop Circle Formation, who went all fire and brimstone, hell and damnation, over this circle:

Yeah, right, Andrew, of course. Now go and take your meds.

Ignoring the ring of code – which has yet to be deciphered – perhaps the most striking and innovative thing about this design is the fact that the pattern is entirely within the lay rather than the conventional ‘alternating standing and flattened bits’ style. Yes, there have been woven circles before – indeed there were other woven circles in 2014 – but Cherrington takes it to another level entirely. Though few people seemed to pick up on it when Cherrington appeared, there is one particular example we can think of where this has been done before.

This circle appeared below the Hackpen Hill white horse in August 2013. From a distance it merely looks like a small and unremarkable ringed circle.

Hackpen Hill, 11 August 2013. Note the white horse to the right in the photo above, and – just to the left of the circle – the ghost of the Hackpen Hill cubes formation of August 2012, which was in the same field. Hackpen Hill photos above and below by Janet Ossebaard.

A closer look, however, reveals a striking hexagram lay.


This was one of those circles which was for the most part neglected when it appeared, but which was loved by all who took the time to appreciate it, especially those who visited. Its qualities take effort on the part of the participant. Perhaps that is the message of these two circles; get to know them, appreciate the detail, rather than just give the aerials a quick glance and a ‘yeah that’s nice’ or ‘fail’.

We’ve not seen anybody else link these two circles, though to our minds the relationship is obvious. Cherrington 2014 is Hackpen Hill 2013 taken to the next level.

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2014

Our annual pick of the best UK circles of the season.

Hod Hill, Dorset, 1 June 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander. There were a number of circles in Dorset this year. This one is our favourite; we found the others rather derivative of past seasons, all bells and whistles and little substance, albeit very well-made for the most part. It’s unfortunate that their makers felt the need to flaunt it all over the Facebook crop circle pages, leaving nobody in any doubt as to who they were.

Popham, Hampshire, 21 June 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle. Comparatively simple compared to some of these designs, but we like it.

Wilmington, East Sussex, 3 July 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Charlton, Wiltshire, 8 July 2014. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Forest Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2014. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Cherrington, Gloucestershire, 27 July 2014. Our favourite of the season. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Ansty, Warwickshire, 16 August 2014. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2013

Our annual pick of the best of the UK season….

West Kennett, Wiltshire, 6 July 2013. Photo by Philippe Ullens

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 15 July 2013. Photo by Janet Ossebaard.

Tidcombe, Wiltshire, 10 August 2013. Photo by Frank Laumen

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 11 August 2013. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Pewsey, Wiltshire, 23 August 2013. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 31 August 2013

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2012

Our pick of the best of this year in the UK.

Corley, Warwickshire, 11 July 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Yatesbury, Wiltshire, 17 July 2012. Photo credit not known.

Devizes, Wiltshire, 28 July 2012. Photo by Janet Ossebaard

Ogbourne Down, Wiltshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Owslebury, Hampshire, 29 July 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

All Cannings, Wiltshire, 5 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Cheesefoot Head, Hampshire, 9 August 2012. Ignore all the bull you may have heard from Report A Crop Circle Formation; this circle was not commissioned. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Wappenbury, Warwickshire, 15 August 2012. Photo by Steve Alexander.

Savernake, Wiltshire, 23 August 2012. Photo credit not known.

Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 26 August 2012. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Windmill Hill, Wiltshire,14 October 2012. Photo by Phillipe Ullens.

Different But The Same

Crops aren’t the only canvas for ‘the circlemakers’; herewith some lesser-known media.

Sand Circles

Hit the link for a full gallery – though the vast majority are recreations of designs that have previously appeared in crop fields. Herewith a few samples:


Remake of the famed August 2001 Milk Hill formation
Recreation of a circle that appeared near Stonehenge in July 2002

This last image in particular is in our view much more asethetically pleasing than its crop equivalent which appeared in East Field, Wiltshire, in June 2001:

Snow Art:

You’ll find lots of images at the link above. Herewith some examples:

This last photo is a near-recreation of a design that appeared in wheat at Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, back in July 2002:

Now That’s What I Call Crop Circles 2011

Herewith, our round-up of what we consider the highlights of the 2011 season in the UK. Some people felt that the circles were distinctly lacking in quality this year, but we’ve found no shortage of formations to enjoy. We’ve chosen more formations this year than we have in previous, primarily as a way of demonstrating that – despite what you may hear elsewhere – the 2011 season was not characterised by shite circles.Louth, Lincolnshire, 18th June 2011. Photo by Steven Fuller.

Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire, 21st June 2011. Single circle with unusual lay. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
West Woods, Lockeridge, 21st June 2011. It’s a shame that the patchy crop has fuzzed the definition of some of the smaller grapeshot. Photo by Oliver Morel.
Walmsgate, Lincolnshire, 3rd July 2011. Photo credit unknown.
Milk Hill, Wiltshire, 6th July 2011. A local by-law stipulates that every season must without fail have a formation below the Milk Hill white horse; this was the 2011 offering. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, 13th July 2011. Two double-spiral formations appeared in different parts of Wiltshire on the same night; this was the better of the pair, in our view. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
 Overton Down, Wiltshire, 18th July 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.

Cherhill Down, 20th July 2011. Single circle with curious wavy lay. Photo by Bert Janssen.East Kennett, Wiltshire, 22nd July 2011. Photo credit Lucy Pringle.2011.08.01_16.37.11_-_Frank_Laumen

Roundway, Wiltshire, July 23 2011. Photo by Frank Laumen.
Etchilhampton, Wiltshire, 25th July 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Roundway, Wiltshire, 25th July 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
West Kennett, Wiltshire, 25th July 2011. Photo by WCCSG.
Windmill Hill, Wiltshire, 26th July 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Temple Balsall, Warwickshire, 27th July 2011. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Morgans Hill, Wiltshire, 6th August 2011. Photo by WCCSG.
Grey Wethers, Wiltshire, 7th August 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.
Cooks Plantation, Beckhampton, Wiltshire, 13th August 2011. Photo by Steve Alexander.
Cherhill, Wiltshire, 15th August 2011. Photo by Lucy Pringle.