Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Chalice Well & Gardens - a peaceful corner of Somerset

Although I have been to Glastonbury many times over the years, I have never made it to the Chalice Well and Gardens but last Sunday I decided to remedy that.

Sitting at the foot of the Tor, the garden, although close to a busy road, is filled with a sense of peace and tranquility. When you step into the garden, you feel that this is a really special place.

At the top of the garden, nestled amongst the plants is the well head and sanctuary.

          
                                                                        Well Head

The lid of the well has a symbol called Vesica Piscis which is an ancient sacred symbol of two interlocking circles. Its geometry symbolises a union, of heaven and earth or spirit and matter and it appears throughout the gardens. (information taken from the leaflet) This area is a place for quiet contemplation.

At the moment, the garden is filled with lovely spring flowers.


                                                                  Forget Me Nots



                                        
                                                                              Tulips

The spring waters which cascade out of the lions mouth can be drunk.

                                                                              
                                                                        Lion's Head

This water then trickles down to the healing pool. You can see how the iron deposits have stained the rill red.


                                                       King Arthur's Court & Healing Pool


If you fancy just stepping away from the hustle and bustle of life for an hour, this is a wonderful place to visit. It is a garden which has lots of ideas for secret, restful, tranquil spaces for you to take home and replicate in your garden, minus the pure spring healing waters of course, unless you are very lucky.

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