Day three of our little break, and we’ve been lucky so far with the weather. We managed long walks today around Quarr Abbey at Binstead, a beautiful abbey built in 1908 and currently under restoration (the brickwork is amazing). There is a very popular cafe there where we had lunch. The abbey is run by the Benedictine monks, who grow all their own food and whose lives are ruled by the clock. They pray 7 times (at the same time) every day, and we sat in on the short 1 o’clock service, known as ‘Sext‘. I’m not particularly religious, but I love to listen to the monks chanting. In the cafe around 12:50 I asked Sam if he was ready for Sext, to which he replied “always”, but that’s Sam and there’s no excuse for him…

The walking/cycle paths around the abbey are a good workout, as you’re either going uphill or downhill. We walked for around 2 hours and managed to dodge the rain, which has now started with a vengeance. There’s a little private chapel around the back of the abbey which was open today (it had been closed during the pandemic). Inside it was empty, dimly lit and totally silent – great for meditation. Even Sam stopped wisecracking and sat still in the silence.

I totally recommend Quarr Abbey for a great day out. Parking is free, as is everything else apart from the cafe, which is a little on the expensive side, but hey ho we’re on holiday. We’ve taken our bikes before now and cycled about on the many paths around, but we didn’t bother bringing them this time as we didn’t think the weather would be good enough. However, the last 2 days have been sunny but chilly, and the rain has only now set in at 5pm. Tomorrow it’ll be the cinema and swimming as the rain is set to continue, and then home on Wednesday.

But then again, I am home…