Glastonbury. It Rocks!

Posted by on August 20, 2012 in Events | 9 comments

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ What a day!

 

And of course, I was there for the Wool Festival ๐Ÿ˜‰

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…. ย So ok, I can see how he could be a ‘little’ confused about that. ย I bought it from Hedgehog Equipment, and it was hard to pass by all their other goodies! ย 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 aย 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!

ย 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.ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Comments

  1. OMG OMG!! I want to go too! I’ve always wanted to see Glastonbury (also because of that book, hihi), but I had no idea it was THAT cool!
    And those are some awesome coloured locks! Can’t wait to see what you make with them!

    • You would love it Deidre, we thought of you there, its like a little arty buzzing town, and I think it would also be a perfect place to be selling your work there too btw ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Oh, I was just thinking that! I’m reading your previous blog post again, and thinking I want to go there, too, and see what it’s like. I want to see the South West of the UK!
        I want to see Bath, Glastonbury, Cornwall, Tintagel, Stonehenge, and Salisbury!
        (Should all be doable in 1 vacation, huh? Haha!)

        • Can I go too? I always wanted to visit all these mystical, magical and folkloric places and I have to add Stonehenge to the list.

          Ariane

          • Yay! Yes! Let’s go!

          • we should all do like a girly arty mythic tour together ๐Ÿ™‚ I didnt get as far as Cornwall yet, but from what I have seen the scenery gets more and more beautiful the further west you go ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Oooh! Yes! We should definitely do that!!
            I have to sell lots of jewelry first, though!

  2. Wish you could have been there too Virginia! Apart from the 4 year olds toilet tour, we found some amazing things to see and do ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Awesome day out, by the looks of things ๐Ÿ™‚ Lots of woolly goodness. I love the picture of the Tor! And I read that Marion Zimmer Bradley book several times ๐Ÿ™‚

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