September 15, 2014

September weekend at the monastery

Monastery in September

Saturday morning, it rained. I sat in the little guesthouse at the monastery, watching the water slide down past the big glass window, listening to the drops thumping on the roof. I opened a brand new journal, thrilling at the sight of all those blank pages, and began writing. I drank hot tea, I stared out the window, and I wrote page after page. When finally, I ran out of words, I put on my red raincoat and ran over to the chapel, climbing down the stairs into the crypt lit by dozens of votive candles.

Eventually, the rain stopped. I began the walk I always take, rambling though the barnyard and sheep pastures. The monks had been busy preparing for winter. Tall stacks of hay stood in a row, high up on the hills. The sheep were busy eating the green grasses, fattening themselves up for the long winter ahead. The guard donkey, whose function is to keep the coyotes away from the sheep, wandered over towards the fence. The sun came out long enough to make me take off my rainjacket, the warmth didn't last long. When the rain began again, I walked over to the bookstore, where I knew I'd find Brother Beekeeper. The rain was keeping him from his usual chores on the farm, so we settled down for a long chat.

Guard donkey

8 comments:

Kendra said...

I'm in love with the watch-donkey.

Amanda said...

I follow a few NY farmers on twitter and have been devouring their updates. I love the distinct pace of life and the shift in perspective from my own.

One of our favorite farmers at our market is looking for harvest help. We may go over to be a part of this.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

wish I were there. Yr welcome here, too. At the retreat house.

jo(e) said...

Mary, I haven't seen you in ages. We need to get together.

Annette G said...

So we were there 2 weeks ago! We need to sync again! Had St. G's all to ourselves. It was glorious.

jo(e) said...

Annette G: I'm going again with my women friends the first weekend of November. Perhaps you should join us!

Annette G said...

I'd love to! But now I work weekends and that would make my 3rd time in 3 mos! Lets hope for Spring! Say hi to friends!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'd love to go to the monastery with you and also love for you to come stay at my retreat house (I know I already said that.)