The sky was passable to offer long enough openings in the clouds one day before the full moon on December 5. I arrived just before 4 pm at the time of the moon’s rising but had to wait for nearly an hour for moon and beam to make an appearance, seeking as before shelter from the wind inside the gate.
As the clouds finally dispersed the light had already reached all the way through the gate but this time it lid the southern/right hand side of the entrance, due to the ever changing movements of the moon. Ten minutes later it entered the inside of the monument.
Shortly after quarter past six the clouds returned, blocking the moon, and starting to feel the cold, I made my way home. Rather predictable the moon emerged unshrouded just as I reached Burnfoot and I wished I had held out for a little bit longer.