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Today we are off to Glastonbury that mystical part of the world that is Somerset that is for ever Wessex and where you half expect to meet King Arthur in the corner shop talking to the Lady of the Lake or see Sir Lancelot clanking along the street looking for the outlet village.

We are visiting J's aunt who will be 95 in a few weeks and still teaches 'Keep Fit' though she has to do it from a chair these days, her knees having prematurely given up the ghost. Many of her pupils are thirty years younger and not as fit. She also still plays the organ in church for she is, in Hereford, a pillar of the community.

She is visiting her daughter who lives in Glastonbury alongside King Arthur but who sadly is now suffering from Alzheimers. She has to ask her Mum what day of the week it is and when she is going home to Hereford where once her husband played centre-forward for the local football team. That must be troubling for her Mum. Anyway we are going to see them all being well and Elder Daughter might also turn up, she not having seen her great aunt for many years. So it will be a nice little family party and if we get bored we might even do some keep fit exercises. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 18th Aug 2018 - 08:16AM   Posted by Fennie   Lark Post Comments: 7

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Fennie's Avatar I once climbed the Tor which you can just see from this side of the Bristol Channel if you climb Mynydd y Gaer near Bridgend, but I have yet to visit the Abbey Ruins. The abbot of Glastonbury was executed for alleged conspiracy in the 1530's
Poor man his life's work destroyed by Henry's thugs and brutal iconoclasts. King Arthur still asleep, obviously.

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Aug 2018 at 08:19AM

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Withy Brook's Avatar The other way round here! Been over the abbey ruins but not up the Tor!
J's aunt sounds a great character.. so sad about her daughter. I hope you all have a happy day.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 18th Aug 2018 at 09:12AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Sounds like you have a fun time ahead with J's Auntie.
One corner of the country I've not been to - in fact, when I think about it, I've not set foot in England-shire for over a decade! Blink

Hope you have a lovely day out with the family.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 18th Aug 2018 at 09:56AM

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Camilla's Avatar Can't remember now if I have been to the festival i know it is noted for being muddy and wet but this year we have had a very hot summer so i expect it has been just perfect.

Hope you had a lovely time Fennie yesterday visiting 'J's aunt, so very sad though to hear about her daughter.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Aug 2018 at 11:39AM

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Camilla's Avatar Thank you kindly for posting for the larks Fennie we left for our Grandsons birthday party yesterday he was 19 got back home about 10pm.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Aug 2018 at 11:41AM

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Fennie's Avatar The trip to Glastonbury turned out a comedy of errors. First I managed to input the wrong postcode into the sat-nav which took us to the centre of medieval Glastonbury whither we had to navigate back ten miles and ten miles again to the correct destination (Meare) somewhere in the desolation of the Somerset levels. No wonder Alfred went there to hide.

When we arrived it was to find that the daughter (the one with Alzheimers) had forgotten we were coming and then had got the idea that we were taking them out for lunch. We however were expecting lunch. But nothing happened and we just made desultory conversation for an hour and a half, whereupon our hostess announced that she had to eat - so we got in the car and drove to where she recommended - a garden centre in a still more remote spot. There was a café there of sorts and we ate filled baps or toast and tea. Most excellent and very good value. It wasn't a garden centre, but a craft centre. Lots of people on bicycles.

Then back to Meare to find ED and husband waiting on the doorstep. I had forgotten my phone. But they came in now and we all had tea. Elaine has a little miniature fox terrier who jumped up on ED's husband while he was sitting on a chair and then wee'd all over him. He was only wearing a shirt and couldn't do much, poor man. Finally we left.

But J's aunt was in fine form in so far as you can be in fine form at 95. She didn't look any different to when I saw her last at 88, still sprightly, plenty of hair and walks without a stick. Still teaches keep fit, takes an active interest in current affairs (unlike her daughter) and walks without a stick.

ED's husband looked worriedly at the car and said I had a slow puncture. But I said it had been like that some time.

We left and the SatNav took us even deeper into the Somerset Levels where the roads are as if someone had poured tarmac over the sea, so roll-y and choppy they were. It's the subsidence cause by peat extraction apparently. I blew up the tyre at a garage on the M5 and otherwise we reached home without mishap.

Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Aug 2018 at 12:11PM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Oops!
Still better than a boring day struggling to find something to talk about.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 21st Aug 2018 at 10:20AM

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