24 Nov 2014

A walk in the monastery grounds

This abbey is one that attracts visitors from far and wide so we're fortunate to be able to spend time within the grounds.  The pharmacy, the shop that sells monastic items, the parish office and social rooms, the farm shop, the college high school and the retreat houses are run by the monks and also provide employment as well as a local service. The post office is within the outer walls of the monastery complex and the sports ground is now managed by the parish. The olive groves on the moors behind the abbey are also rented out and cultivated by the locals. However, the landscape remains unspoilt because the land is in a conservation area and building regulations are very strict.

One morning we took a walk around the area that's mainly cultivated for the needs of the monastery and college, which is a boarding school as well as a day school. We then walked through the college gardens and back into the monastery inner courtyard gardens.

Old columns have stood there for centuries.The lift on the left has been installed recently which must benefit the elderly members of the community.

Wine can be bought from the monastery cantina.

The above building is the kitchen and dining room for the people working on the land and in the monastery.

We met one of the gardeners and had a chat about horticulture.  He had lived and studied in England and America and spoke excellent English.  He gave me a kiwi to try.

These buildings used to be the stables, but now they're being used as workshops.

                                    old mill stones for grinding the olives to produce oil

                                                   orchards and vineyards

                                             the path leading to retreat houses

the college

Next time I will continue with our walk around the college gardens and then back to the monastery
courtyards and cloister.


  1. A beautiful monastery. And I have only ever seen kiwis in the supermarket, never actually on a tree so enjoyed those photos too.

  2. Lovely photos. Lazio is similar to the flatter parts of Abruzzo. Beautiful countryside.

    Louisa @ www.myfamilyandabruzzo.com

  3. Thanks for another lovely tour through monastery grounds...nice to have the family history connected to it. Thanks, Linda!

  4. It's a beautiful place Linda.

  5. you already know how much i love your photos.. beautiful, so beautiful. very interesting story about your husband staying in the monastery. i think i would have agreed with him about living there...

  6. What a fabulous place. My mouth is watering for those kiwis, such an abundance, and the gardens are planted up beautifully. It's always nice to come across someone who works in these type of places as they can offer such an interesting insight in to things.

  7. What a paradise! I can't believe how warm and sunny looking it is there -- no wonder you go there each winter! Thanks for sharing the sunshine. -Beth

  8. It looks like a wonderful place and yet I can understand your husband's decision. Your photos are always great.

  9. There always seems to be more and more for you to show us from here! What a wonderful place.

  10. How beautiful! I can feel the sun as I look at your photos - love the tranquil atmosphere of the old buildings and the photos of the fruit on the trees:)

  11. It is quite beautiful. How lovely to walk here with you and see these lovely surrounding and here a bit about your husband's past.
    How nice to have a kiwi from this orchard and gardens. I think I could sit and meditate quite a long time here.

  12. What a beautiful and peaceful place to walk. Love that photo of the millstones, too :)

  13. Hi Friend, Just stopping by to say Happy Thanksgiving to you. Even in places where Thanksgiving is not celebrated (or celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November like ours is) —it can be a time for each of us to take time to thank God for our blessings and also not to forget the “Giving” in the word, ThanksGIVING. We all have lots of blessings —but many times, we ignore the giving part….Not just on Thanksgiving Day, but all of the time, please take time to contact family/friends just to say HI… And remember that a big SMILE can lift someone’s day…. Little things like that can really HELP..

    I am certainly impressed with the 'working' monastery... That is SUPER.
    God Bless…
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  14. What a beautiful, orderly and productive place. A good place to spend one's life if genuinely called to it.