In August, I went to England for the first time. It was an unexpected yet divinely guided journey. It started with the Conference of Consciousness and Human Evolution in London, which was its own experience. I’ve written about it here: wordpress.com/post/www.sherrykachanis.com/1353 .
The day after the conference was a day of sight-seeing in London. I was intrigued to see Borough Market, near London Bridge,
so after a train ride and tube ride, we arrived to find it closed due a bank holiday. Still we happily explored the area, continuing to walk along the Thames River. After a delicious tapas Greek lunch, al fresco, we were drawn to take a water taxi to see the sights from the River. This was a brilliant idea, as we were able to see so many of the landmarks from the water. After we strolled back through the Shakespearian section of the city on our way back to the tube. It was a gorgeous day, partly sunny, and warm.
The next day we were heading to an Airbnb in Glastonbury. I was looking forward to this as I am a truly a country girl. On the way, we stopped at Avebury, to see, touch and experience the largest megalithic stone circle in the world. The ride there was an adventure itself, driving on the opposite side of the road on the narrowest roads I’ve ever traveled on. I was excited to touch the stones and feel their vibration. The stones were massive, much larger than I expected and spread out.
We meandered down the path, following the stones. At one point we had walked through a sheep field, up a hill into a grove of trees. These trees captivated me – they were amazingly beautiful and alive! So ancient, so sacred and if you listened you could hear the whispers of prayers on the wind. I spent time communing with the trees, I felt so full of peace and love! I hugged the trees and spent time under the canopy of leaves, listening, feeling, breathing in wisdom and love.
As we continued walking, I just was, completely in the moment. We went back to the center of town, visited a gift shoppe then stopped into the Red Lion Inn to have a gin & tonic. We soaked up the sun and the sights before departing to get to our final destination of the day, the Airbnb.
We arrived at West Pennard around 7:30 PM. The sun was getting ready to set so as soon as we had the key, we were outside walking the grounds, taking in the gorgeous landscapes. I was so excited that we could see Glastonbury Tor from where we were. We chatted with our lovely host, then decided to go to dinner down the street at the local Inn. We were tired of driving, so eating within walking distance was a priority.
The next morning we woke to the sound of soft rain hitting the metal roof. It was so soothing, it kept lulling me back into sleep. Finally, it was time to get the day started. The rain was soft and gentle, as I explored the beautiful grounds of our hostess. Flowers, fruit, herbs, everywhere. It was so lush and green, I was drinking in the beauty.
Finally the rain stopped so off we went for the day. First to visit, was the Chalice Well and gardens, at the base of Glastonbury Tor. I was giddy with excitement as we entered the gardens. They were beautiful, serene, and it was exceptionally quiet at the time. The energy was amazing, I felt as though I was vibrating. I meditated near the well itself and I walked in the healing waters in another garden. The grounds were meticulously maintained and had an abundance of plant species, flowers and trees, creating a magical loving environment.
Once I had my fill at the Well, we walked to the top of the Tor. The path starts with an incline to then turns into stairs that continue get steeper and steeper until you reach the top where the tower is. While there were others visiting, it wasn’t crowded, which was nice. This allowed me time to meditate sitting inside the tower. I felt as though my heart chakra exploded with joy and I felt this incredible vibration of peace and love inside of me. I sat feeling the ancientness of the stones, and the tower. I truly felt as though I had been there before, in another lifetime, it feel so familiar, as if I lived there or nearby. After 15 or so minutes, I left my perch inside to explore the outside. The view was breathtakingly beautiful! Green as far as the eye could see! It really was amazing! We sat down for a bit, then we descended.
We continued to meander the streets, finding our way to downtown Glastonbury. I was excited as the stores were all funky, eclectic and magical. Yet at this point, we were hungry, so we found a traditional tea room for our lunch. It was absolutely lovely and delightful. Upon leaving the tea room, we strolled around, stopping into shops as I felt drawn to. I was smiling ear to ear, as all the shops had stones, crystals, candles, herbs, I was in my element.
Next we went to the Abbey ruins. we walked around taking photo’s and enjoying the peacefulness of it all. We even saw the supposed gravesite of King Arthur and Guenevere. After we had our fill, we made our way back to car to head back to the Airbnb.
We decided that we would visit the Inn of a man we met at the conference. The last day of the conference, Peter struck up a conversation with me at a nearby cafe. We discussed the conference and what our plans were after the conference. When I mentioned going to the country, he gave me his card. He said he owned an Inn in Somerset, that he’d love it if we stopped by, so we did! We Ubered to the Inn, ordered a lovely meal and I set out to see Peter. It didn’t take long… he joined us for dinner and after he gave us the tour of his Inn. His wife came by to chat with us too, inviting us to join her and Peter later for tea. It was a wonderful night! Around midnight, I mentioned we needed to get going, Peter offered to take us back, which was very sweet and kind of him. We thanked him for his kindness, exchanged pleasantries and collapsed in bed with exhaustion once inside.
In the morning, it was a slow start. We needed to be on the road, going back to London as we were flying to Dublin for the night on our way home. Traveling during Mercury Retrograde is a reminder to expect delays. While I was consciously aware of this, I had to remind myself over and over when delays were experienced. It was a long day of travel, nerves were frayed and sleep was necessary.