we stop for our usual morning tea.. this time in the village of Ilminster. Another quaint English market town..
getting ready for Christmas.. each town at the moment is dressing up in Christmas finery.. with lights and trees and shops dressing their windows to entice Christmas shoppers in.. and if I lived here, I would be enticed in - alot!! it is taking all my strength not to keep buying things.
and then on our way to Glastonbury.. to tell the truth, I was a little apprehensive about Glastonbury.. I had heard so much about it, read so much about it, built it up in my mind that I thought it may disappoint me..
as we drove along, we had to detour because of the dreadful floods.. Somerset has been hit quite hard with the floods here.
and finally, I could see the Tor.. we were here!! And we drove and drove.. and it seemed that we were circling the Tor. [I must admit, that the Tor does not have the attraction for me that it has for others.. it is the Abbey and Chalice Well that draws me more...]
finally arriving at the B&B - Apple Tree Guest House, our home for the next 3 nights.. just behind the Abbey.. then for a walk into town, just around the corner.. up and down the hill and then some lunch before we visited Glastonbury Abbey.
there is much to tell about my visit to the Abbey.. it was a very emotional experience for me.. I cannot begin to share... so I will leave it with pictures..[I am once again overwhelmed with history and age]
you can see how big the Abbey was
you can see that it is a most amazing place. something that I will never forget.
a very emotional time for me to walk these ruins of the Abbey... for many reasons.. it is a sacred, spiritual place for me and will take quite a bit of time to digest how i felt. And to embrace that as well. and to acknowledge & own all the emotions..
afterwards, we went and had a cup of tea.. it seems we do alot of that.. then back to our room for a time until dinner.. I am feeling very drained from my day today, but in a good way..
tomorrow we hope to walk to the top of the Tor..and I think I will go back to the Abbey to sit awhile..then a little bit of shopping.
a year later - 2013
be still my heart. I will never, ever forget the emotions that I felt when I walked into the Abbey grounds. Tears welled up and I sobbed. Joe asked me if I was ok, but I just had to walk away and be alone. It was such an emotional time for me, I truly believe that I have a strong past life link to this place.
to sit at the site of Arthurs grave, to walk in the grounds, to be where Jesus may have walked. Divine grace is what I feel for all of that.