Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Somerset!

Last weekend, during the start of this blasted heat wave, we explored Wells and Glastonbury. Yes, it was sweaty and exhausting, but the glorious sun certainly made for great photos. (click the pics to enlarge!)

We settled into our Dulcote B&B Thursday night, and the next morning we took the bus to Glastonbury. Seeing as I've been obsessed with Arthurian legends for decades, it was high time to visit this storied area.


First on the agenda was Glastonbury Tor. Quite a steep climb up, but the views from the top were glorious.


Next was Glastonbury Abbey. The ruins, situated amidst 36 beautifully maintained acres, were glorious for wandering.


I got to hold a bird of prey! The lovely lady on my arm is Breeze, a barn owl. She was born in captivity, but her patience with visitors earns funds for Raptor Rescue. After parting with Breeze, we visited the lily pond (full of ginormous carp), learned about badger setts, and gaped at the ruined walls and arches of the abbey.

We spent quite a bit of time in Wells, which was only a 20 minute walk across a pasture from Dulcote. For a cathedral city, it's rather small and cozy (in fact, it's the smallest cathedral city in England), and by the end of our stay Steve and I were both quite smitten. (And as you may already know, Wells made a perfect location for the suspiciously perfect town of Sandford in Hot Fuzz. Hee!)


The cathedral is breathtaking! We went to a performance of Gregorian chants (a sung mass, actually) on Friday night, and for Saturday night Evensong we got to hear the choir of St. Mark's School in Dallas, TX. Small world, eh?

This weekend is Cheltenham and then . . . special visitors! More on that later.

[cross-posted at Livejournal]

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  1. I loved Glastonbury too...part of my WIP is set there, and my husband and I went for research two years ago. I loved wandering around those ruins. Such history! Did you believe that Arthur was buried there? Difficult one to call :) Glad to see you've been enjoying my homeland. BTW, Wells is a city, not a town! In the UK if a town has a cathedral, it is referred to as a city!

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  2. What awesome sights! I'm trying to be absolutely happy for you that you are getting to have such a fantastic adventure, and yet some niggling jealousy is creeping in. Maybe tomorrow I'll pass up my exit on I-40 so that I pass under the metal scissortail sculpture so I can absorb some culture, too! Until then, I'll have to live vicariously through you be enlarging these great pics one more time!

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    1. Yes, do visit the scissortail sculpture!

      Thanks about the photos -- it's hard to take bad ones over here. And when the summer is over you'll once again have to put up with my boring posts about tea and . . . whatever else I usually write about. Actually, it'll be time to start talking up THE DARK BETWEEN, which will get old pretty fast, I'm sure. ;)

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