» Last Sunday, during Mass, a bird or some other object , struck one of the large plate glass windows in the glass cloister leading from the monastery to the abbey church. The resulting damage has a certain beauty to it, but it could prove very expensive to replace. Several windows have suffered similar damage in the last few years, one of the downsides of replacing brick walls with glass windows.
» A few days ago Fr Gabriel drew off the first honey from our three new beehives. It has been a difficult summer for bees, and our swarms only started setting up shop in May. Nevertheless a small but delicious crop of honey has been retrieved. It has a light gold colour and a distinctive taste, perhaps from the lime blossom we have in abundance here in summer. It's a small start allowing us to hope for greater things in the future.