Slowly catching up on these, after this one just 2011, and this years visits to add then I will be up to date with my chronicle of my Avalon adventures.
I went down for an overnight stay with my mum (who had moved to live in a retirement flat very near me in Feb 2010) and my longtime friend Anne.
We had a lovely journey down with a slight detour. Anne picked mum and I up about 9.35 and we set off, we go cross country- Wantage, Hungerford, Marlbourough, Devises, Trowbridge, Frome, Shepton Mallett. So we got to Wantage and then somehow missed the turning.. and ended up driving along the foot of White Horse Hill as in the Uffington White Horse. Which was lovely :)) We then drove across the downs through Lambourne which is very very pretty. We got to Marlborough just after 11 and stopped and had a coffee there. Got to Glastonbury about 1.30. The first thing we did was have lunch in the Blue Note Cafe, then we wandered round the shops on one side of the road. A few purchases were made, some of them Yule presents :) Then about 3.30 we drove up to the Chalice Well where we were booked into Little St. Michaels for the night. We had Holy Thorn room, a lovely triple bedded room looking out over the gardens. We had a wander round the gardens then sat in the lounge having a cup of tea and a cake for a while.
In the evening we went to Knights restaurant for fish and chips, then I wanted to go for a walk in the gardens, which is quite safe after dark when you are staying at Little St Michaels, as only residents will be in the gardens then, but I was forbidden! (I may be in my 50's now but mum still worries about me!!
In the morning we had breakfast at the well and I had a wander round the gardens, then we went back into town and did some shopping, had lunch, and had a lovely wander round the Abbey ruins. My first ever visit to Glastonbury was in November so I like to go then for the autumn colours and the smell of woodsmoke in the air.
Our journey home didn't involve any wrong turnings, and we had a short tea stop at a garden centre
I always love the window displays in the shops
Autumnal Chalice Well gardens
Mum and Anne in the lounge at Little St. Michaels
A charm I left there in May was still there
Autumn at the abbey