June 2020 - Mucknell Abbey
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Mucknell Abbey

June 2020

Above: The wagtail, which has recently been making an aviary of our greenhouse

Trinity Sunday – There is so little Community news at the moment we’ve taken to photographing our food. This is a steak & onion pie I made for Trinity Sunday. I had some leftover pastry and thought ‘what can I do with this?’ There was enough to write ‘Sunday’ as well but the tyrannical bell called me away. I also experimented with carrots cooked in honey, olive oil and lavender. It’s a thing. People do it (in Stoke Newington). Alas, it was not universally appreciated. Br Stuart said of it afterwards: ‘it was like eating shower gel’. He had a point.

One of the pies, which even if I do say so myself, were quite delicious.
The kitchen garden, which is looking very National Trust at the moment.
Br Michaël recently completed these icons of St Benedict

Finally, please check out this page for our latest Covid-19 update.

Monday 8th – We celebrated the birthday’s of Sr Alison and Abbot Thomas with a special Community tea. Their combined age is 114, and that’s as much I can get away with saying.

Tuesday 9th – We began a four-week experiment with a new timetable. The biggest change is that we now have the Eucharist in place of Terce at 8.40am and we sing Terce at 12.15pm, although we’re calling it Sext. Our morning Conference has also been split up into its three constituent parts and spread over the course of the day.

Wednesday 24th – On Wednesday we had a Chapter meeting to discuss our revised budget. Like most charities, the last several months have not been good from a financial point of view. A considerable portion of our income comes from our guest house, which has been closed since March. As a result we’ve made some necessary cutbacks, and are looking into other ways to economise. Thank you to all our Friends for your continued support at this time.

If you’re interested in knowing more about your family history but don’t have the time or the know-how I am offering to carry out research. I’ve been an amateur genealogist for over twenty years, and recently branched out into the use of DNA testing, which enabled me to identify my biological grandfather. I also have two degrees in History, and since arriving at Mucknell have been piecing together the life histories of our former Sisters.

As any family history project is potentially unending, I can work either to a particular objective or by the hour. Any payment is voluntary and by donation, although I will have to pass on the cost of ordering any necessary documents. And if for whatever reason I can’t help you I will at least be able to point you in the right direction.

You can contact me at aidan@mucknellabbey.org.uk