November 2020 - Mucknell Abbey
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November 2020

On 8th November we celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Br Stuart’s profession in monastic life.

From the 10th to the 13th November we had another of our Estate “Weeks”. Unfortunately the trees we were hoping to plant didn’t arrive – they hadn’t yet gone to sleep, apparently – but there was plenty of other work for us to do: cutting back hedges, felling diseased ash trees, pollarding willows, planting laurel groves, rotavating the kitchen garden, bonfires &etc. . We were pleased to be joined, as ever, by chainsaw-wielding former Alongsider, Tim Vick (Tim was hired as a professional and during his stay self-isolated in the hermitage).

During that week we also welcomed the Rev’d Br Matthew Webster, of the Community of St Sulien, who will be staying with us for three months to gain some experiencing of living in a monastic community [This was at the behest of his Bishop, the legality of merging households was run past a lawyer, and Br Matthew had a Covid-19 test before arriving].

On Thursday 26th was had a celebratory tea in honour of Thanksgiving (Sr Gregory is from the US) and Br Adrian’s birthday (Br Adrian is from the eighties). Attempts to sing Happy Birthday to the tune of The Star-Spangled Banner met with limited success.

The flags, one of which depicts Kamala Harris, are planted in what are known as snickerdoodles.