Thursday, February 08, 2007


Looking up the valley towards Coalcleugh once a thriving community in some of the most inhospitable conditions in England. Lead mining was the industry here.

One of our guardian lions with the monks meditation hall and private rooms in the background.

Hotei with cloak and splendid hat. Jolly as ever.

The Medicine Buddha sitting sedately amidst our new fall of snow. The hillside in the background, with fledgling trees guarded from the invasion of rabbits.

Walking through the yard this lunch time I bumped into the monks who takes an interest in the grounds. As the snow fell she was opening out a bundle of wire netting to wrap around rabbit vulnerable shrubs. I'd thought to let her know about the wonderful web site, mentioned in a recent comment, which lists rabbit resistant plants. As well as hints on plant protection, but thought better of it. Now was not the time, obviously!

You can view the moors via web cam if you want, looks rather bleak to me. If you follow this link you will see a map of this area. At the top right hand segment of the map is Carr Shield and the monastery is near there. I'll be driving over Hartside, bottom left segment of the map, on Saturday. That's weather permitting.