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Glastonbury Tor [Jan. 24th, 2008|04:19 pm]
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[User Picture]From: jourdannex
2008-01-24 04:31 pm (UTC)
Those are just beautiful and breathtaking! I love these.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: unbleachedbrun
2008-01-24 04:33 pm (UTC)
What is it and why?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 05:17 pm (UTC)
Glastonbury is a little town in the West of England- and the Tor is this anomalous, conical hill sticking out of the middle of the plain. In the Middle Ages Glastonbury abbey was one of the richest and most powerful in England.

Those are the facts. Now for the legends.

Glastonbury was founded by Joseph of Arimathea who came to England after the resurrection carrying the Holy Grail.

The Holy Grail is buried under the Tor.

Glastonbury is King Arthur's Isle of Avalon

King Arthur is buried in the Abbey.

And that's just for starters.

Glastonbury today is a town like no other- a pilgrimage site for mystics, magicians, hippies and New Agers of every stripe. It is also the venue for a famous yearly music festival.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2008-01-24 04:37 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos, especially the third one down. I just love that sky and the shadows on the grass!

You were lucky to be able to catch a fine spell. I've never been to Glastonbury and I was thinking of going there this summer anyway, but these pictures have definitely made me want to see the Tor and surroundings.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

We were incredibly lucky. The fine spell lasted two, three hours and that was that.

You must visit Glastonbury. The town is a funny little place but the Tor never disappoints.

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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2008-01-24 04:41 pm (UTC)
What wonderful light. I particularly like the one of the tower netted in trees.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 05:21 pm (UTC)
It was quite early in the morning. And the only time on our holiday that the sun showed her face.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-01-24 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!!! I love your photos, because while you're looking at the Christian, you also manage to get the pagan, atavistic view.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
Glastonbury is a place where Christian and Pagan are inextricably interwoven.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2008-01-24 05:19 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I really, really need to get back to the UK soon. I remember my walk up the Tor - with the sheep!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
The sheep weren't around on this occasion. Maybe it's too early in the year for them.
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[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2008-01-24 05:55 pm (UTC)
These are so beautiful. I particularly love #2.

I've stood in all the places you stood to take those pictures. Looking at these, I can remember so clearly what Glastonbury was like, and the odd humming stillness of the Tor. Thank you; I needed those memories this morning.

*wants to go back*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks. #2 was one of those lucky hits.

I want to go back there too.

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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-01-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
And these are just stunning. They look old as the earth.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Dion Fortune spoke about the air on the Tor being full of sparkles. I know just what she meant.
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From: msjann65
2008-01-24 08:01 pm (UTC)
I want to walk up that hill! And feel the "vibes" of the pagan/Christian link that are housed on Glastonbury Tor. Oh, yes!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-24 08:45 pm (UTC)
When I was 19 I spent the night on the Tor with a whole bunch of hippies. Happy times.

I keep having to go back.
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[User Picture]From: carl9whalley
2008-01-24 09:56 pm (UTC)

birthday

Hi Tony sorry forgot about your birthday. So many happy returns to you. Love Carl Karen and gang. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-25 09:27 am (UTC)

Re: birthday

Thanks, guys.
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[User Picture]From: clindau
2008-01-24 10:27 pm (UTC)
In re: all your holiday photos--

OOoooooooooh.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-25 09:27 am (UTC)
Thanks....
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[User Picture]From: frankepi
2008-01-28 02:24 am (UTC)
So beautiful.

I have to spend some time on your side of the pond.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-01-28 10:32 am (UTC)
Come on over- the weather's a bit unpredictable but there's so much to see.....
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