"Midsomer Murders"

Trip Start Sep 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 19, 2012


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today is to be a country drive day. Nita at the B&B thinks we're mad to contemplate anywhere along the coast so we trim the destination back to Glastonbury with a stop at Wells on the way.

The roads are designated A roads but are narrow with stone walls/fences along either side. Ian drives very competently but I still fear for our side mirrors, especially when passing fearless approaching traffic! Nita is correct... A trip of about 30 miles takes around an hour, but we find Wells, a park and a Saturday market in full swing. This provides lunch and cheap entertainment.

At the end of the market area is Wells' Bishop's palace with a moat and the cathedral as a backdrop.

Onwards then to Glastonbury. I am not in search of Festival tickets (they are balloted) but the the Glastonbury Tor that features in the backdrop of Festival footage. It is a single hill rising out of the planes with a single tower on top, remnants of a 15th century monastery.

For me, the connection is a long and complex treasure hunt that engrossed me throughout 2006 - and is still ongoing. The Tor, the Glastonbury Thorn Tree and The Somerset Legend of Joseph of Arimathea all featured so this is somewhat of a pilgramage! We climb to the top of the hill to inspect the Tor and admire the views. In town, we visit the the ruins of England's largest abbey in Glastonbury itself. It is the legendary burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere and also has a Glastombury Thorn Tree grown from a cutting of the original one destroyed recently by vandals. This tree is shrouded in legend too!...

We notice a large number of crystal shops, rainbow decorations, dreadlocks and weird clothing styles. Is this England's answer to Nimbin? Or perhaps people from the music festival who forgot to go home?

We also notice the turn-off to Midsomer on the way home but don't go looking for any crimes.

Tonight, we strike out beyond the Fox and Hounds for dinner to Bradford-on-Avon and find the 500 year old "The Swan". And as the Sydney version claim the AFL flag, the Melbourne Swanns enjoy another very acceptable pub dinner!
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