February 12, 2007

Monastery in winter

Chapel.

Storm clouds hung over Snowstorm City on Friday, with wind and snow swirling into a fog of whiteness that made seeing almost impossible. But warm inside a small car, sharing popcorn and stories, my two friends and I drove away from the center of the storm, travelling southwest towards the monastery, hoping to leave behind the gusts of snow.

After about an hour, we could see dry pavement. We were travelling though hills of farm country, the fields all glittering with white and gold. By the time we reached the monastery, the afternoon sun was at that angle that makes the sky blue. Big storm clouds kept rolling over the hills and even the steeple of the chapel, but no snow was falling. Deer had emerged to graze on the lawn of the old farmhouse that serves as the women's guesthouse, and the woman who takes care of the guesthouse greeted us at the door with hugs and warm words in her lovely British accent.

Usually when I come to the monastery, my friends and I stay in one of the three separate little guesthouses down near the chapel, but on this trip we were staying in the women's guesthouse, which is perched up on the highest hill. I chose the bedroom tucked behind the old stone fireplace. Most of the guest bedrooms are upstairs, but the Cinderella room is off by itself in the back of the house, with a little window that looks out over the woods. It's small, with just enough room for a single bed, a chair, and a small oak table. I had it all to myself. I love the luxury of my own room. I shoved my duffle bag under the bed, sat down at the little table with my journal, looked out the window at the woods, and felt perfectly content.

Window

14 comments:

Scrivener said...

Love the sky in that top picture. Welcome back.

joy said...

I'm glad you had a peaceful time. :) This retreat center sounds lovely.

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Linda (FM) said...

Sounds fantastic. Welcome back.

(un)relaxeddad said...

That looks utterly beautiful. Hope you had a peaceful time. Facing the next couple of days, I really would rather be ensconced somewhere like that!

Mona Buonanotte said...

I read this post and immediately felt more relaxed.

You lucky, lucky girl.

Silver Creek Mom said...

Nice to get away. And center ones self. I did that by buying books all by myself on the weekend, That's how I relax.

Looks like there is not much snow where you are. We're about to get MORE. Not that have much more but some.

Hugs

jo(e) said...

Silver Creek Mom: We've got lots of snow where I live, but the monastery is about 140 miles away, southwest of me, and they are outside the snowbelt.

YourFireAnt said...

Jo(e), I bet you sprained your knee just so you could have an excuse to go and goof off at a monastery in the middle of the semester.

FA

Yankee, Transferred said...

MMMM...sounds luxurious, even in its simplicity.

Leslee said...

Welcome home! Loved the first picture with the grey cloudy and blue sky!

BeachMama said...

Glad you had a nice weekend at the monestary. You always seem to enjoy yourself so much, and it sounds like a wonderful place to unwind and regroup. Hope the knee is feeling better.

BerryBird said...

I love the idea of the little bedroom tucked behind the fireplace.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! I would LOVE to be there with you. OR--by myself.

I tagged you with a zap me meme if you can stand it--you may already have done it. It's on no Polar.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'd be content, too!