Sunday, 31 July 2011

My first ever visit to Glastonbury, Saturday 5th Nov 1988

My very first visit to Glastonbury was on Saturday November 5th 1988 with a friend I have now lost touch with, Linda. 
Here is my diary entry for that very first visit.

Linda met me at Taunton and we went to Glastonbury. It is a lovely town. We had
a look round the shops-  I got in Indian unicorn box, a little pewter unicorn
with a crystal ball and a unicorn card. We had lunch-  cheese scones and cake-
In "The Rainbow Cafe". After lunch we finished going round the shops and I got 
some more hand dyed wool like I got in York- one lot in shaded of green and the
other black with blue,  green and purple bits. We climbed the Tor which was
lovely, and found a tea shop.

I forgot to mention in my diary than we went to the Chalice Well Gardens too! I took a modest 12 photos with my Kodak Instamatic camera. Remember those? The film was in a cartridge, you used to have to buy separate flash cubes as they didn't have an inbuilt flash. It took little square photos!

Here  are some of them.

The first photo I ever took of the Tor!

I was only 28! 

Tor and sheep.

The path up the tor hadn't all been concreted then like it is now. Most of it was just a track worn in the earth.

Me on the Tor, I had no idea then that I would visit it so many times.

This is what the waterfall by the Vesica pond in the gardens was like in 1988, the freeform was fitted in the early 90's.

It was a misty autumn day and very atmospheric. As we drove away from Glastonbury I had to keep looking back at the tor until it disappeared from view. Right from that very first visit I was enchanted, but little did I know I would be drawn to go back again.. and again... and again...

Well, hello, welcome to my Avalon musings.

I had been thinking about having a blog decidated to my love of Glastonbury for a while. And as I had this one here, unused, I decided.. I'll use this one. Plus you can customise Blogspot and make your blog pretty so guess what I have spent the last hour doing!

I am on various other sites, eg Livejournal, as jackiesjottings,  so some who stumble across this may know me from there. Jackiesjottings was taken as a username here though hence me choosing my magical name, bestowed upon me by my friend Monique, instead.

I have been following a few Blogspot blogs for a while now so I will add them all to my reading list here too. So if you find an add, it means I was already a reader.

I think the first thing I will do is gradually post all my many many visits to Glastonbury here in chronological order. Most of them are on my website but TBH I am thinking of discontinuing that. So I'll put them all here instead. That will take some time...... I use flick for my photos now (jackiesjottings there too) anyway so the web site hasn't been updated in 2 years.

So welcome to my blog about my love for mystical magical Glastonbury, The Isle of Avalon