Glastonbury. It Rocks!
What an incredible place! Everything about Glastonbury took me zooming back to my childhood, it was like uber-everything my hippie parents ever wanted us to share and enjoy, ALL IN ONE PLACE! What a time warp! There were the incredible bookshops, filled with books on mysticism, paganism, spirituality, natural healing, and classic literature. There were amazing crystal and precious stone shops, and the most incredible natural healing shop filled with all the wonderful scents you could imagine. Even the public library was a.m.a.z.i.n.g! At the end of a series of incense wafted courtyards through the healing center. I found it after eating a delicious chilli (that I swear has come straight out of my mums Whole Earth CookBook) at a vegetarian restaurant 🙂 What a day!
And of course, I was there for the Wool Festival 😉
I did some shopping. My husband did have to point out the irony of having travelled all the way from Holland to the Wool Festival so I could buy a DUTCH MADE spindle…. So ok, I can see how he could be a ‘little’ confused about that. I bought it from Hedgehog Equipment, and it was hard to pass by all their other goodies! However no one could reasonably question THIS:
Some beautifully dyed Romney, Wensleydale, and Gotland locks from Sara’s Texture Crafts. I totally couldnt resist these colours, and they are now added to my stash. This will be my treat to myself when I get some ‘me time’!
I also barely resisted the stunning dolls and creatures from JennyMade, and I thought the wonderful colours and yarns from Jillybean Yarns were really stunning. It was also lovely to have the chance to say Hi to Amanda Hannaford of Manda Crafts, I had attended a workshop she ran here in Holland earlier this year, and I hope to take more, Amanda is incredibly knowledgable and such a skilled spinner, I dont think there is anything she cant do with wool! At that workshop she showed me how to spin boucle, and shared so much information, she is a great teacher.
Heres just a few of the cards and brochures I picked up!
After doing the rounds of the stands and displays we went on up the hill to a field with a perfect view of the ancient Glastonbury Tor. The hill is said to have once been the mythical Island of Avalon, and if youre a Marion Zimmer Bradley fan, you will have read one of (IMO) the best books about Avalon and the Priestesses who lived there. Its really no wonder the town is so mystically focussed, its surrounded by some of the most powerful mythologies of English Folklore. This area has been inhabited since about 200BC. Its an amazing feeling to be walking the land thats felt the tread of so many generations of people before us.
Anyway, we were there for the Sheep Dog Trials on this day!
I really enjoyed watching the dogs, the farmers, breathing in the country air, and the friendly people sharing the day on this lushly grassy hillside. I also did more shopping (!) and bought this lovely Shetland fleece straight off the back of the sheep, shorn with hand shears right there in the field.
Well that was pretty much our day in Glastonbury! It was a fantastic experience for all of us, Ana enjoyed the shops, John had fun with the camera and the dog trials (and teasing me about taking him to a vegetarian cafe), and Lucca loved the field and the dogs and running 🙂