Monastery of the Visitation



                  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           
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      The Future      
   
28.4.13.


We have plenty of mud! Our workmen don't seem to notice that life is full of mud & puddles. They are working hard & each time we go down to the site there is so much difference. It's all about the foundations at the moment, in many areas, digging down. It's hard to envisage our parlour looking at the space right now. Click on the picture.
         




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    8.4.13.

The Outreach building will be in the orchard a little way along the path from the main monastery. In some of the pictures you will see 'Sr Mary Outreach' already making herself at home in it!
         



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    5.4.13.

The workmen have made their own enclosure. For us, at the monastery, St Josephs is now 'out of bounds'. We can't just wander down as we used to, we have to go the long way round, along the outside road & through what will eventually be our new entrance, find the site office & then locate Alan, the Site Manager. He will then give us hard hats, boots & any other necessary protective clothing, all in the name of health & safety. The bats were moved over the past 48 hours, very few were found, some having died during the extremely cold spell, but those that did survive are now safely ensconced in their bat boxes  -  we hope!
 
         






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10.3.12.


Welcome to Bat-ing-ham Palace! We're nearing the end of the 'Bat Build'. The next step will be the transfer of the bats to their new home. Hopefully they will stay there & not try to return to the main St Joseph's building. April 2nd is the date the work should begin here. 
   











 
               
          17.2.13.

It was warm & sunny, with a real touch of Spring in the air today, even the birds were singing. At recreation we went down to St Josephs to see how the Bat Loft, the Hibernacula, was progressing. Initially we'd had snow which had delayed the work, then came the rain. The ground is mud, mud, mud & quite slippery to walk on. There are huge turrets of muddy clay & we had to be careful where we put our feet. But the Hibernacula is taking shape & is a dwelling fit for a king, never mind 19 bats!
   Click on the picture to see the progress.
       



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16.1.13.


This week work has started to build the Hibernacula (Bat loft). By law the 19 bats found in the roof of St. Josephs are highly protected & everything is done, on their behalf, to ensure they have a new home without too much disruption to them. Once the Bat Loft is constructed they will be placed in their new home, by hand. The bat's 'maternity season' is from the 1st May to the end of August. We hope to re-house them in March. Then work can commence on the new monastery. A tree is in the way of the Hibernacula, it is old, decaying & split so will have to come down. Just when we thought everything had been planned correctly, our first hiccup occurs. I'm sure it won't be our last!
     




 



 
                                         
                                           
       
   
                                           
 

 








 

 

                                                                                      













































































 

                                                                                      















































































 

                                                                                      











































































 

                                                                                      












































































 

                                                                                      










































                                         










































 

                  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               The Future       Click on pictures to enlarge    
 
28.4.13.


We have plenty of mud! Our workmen don't seem to notice that life is full of mud & puddles. They are working hard & each time we go down to the site there is so much difference. It's all about the foundations at the moment, in many areas, digging down. It's hard to envisage our parlour looking at the space right now. Click on the picture.
   




click on picture
           
  8.4.13.

The Outreach building will be in the orchard a little way along the path from the main monastery. In some of the pictures you will see 'Sr Mary Outreach' already making herself at home in it!
   



click on picture
           
  5.4.13.

The workmen have made their own enclosure. For us, at the monastery, St Josephs is now 'out of bounds'. We can't just wander down as we used to, we have to go the long way round, along the outside road & through what will eventually be our new entrance, find the site office & then locate Alan, the Site Manager. He will then give us hard hats, boots & any other necessary protective clothing, all in the name of health & safety. The bats were moved over the past 48 hours, very few were found, some having died during the extremely cold spell, but those that did survive are now safely ensconced in their bat boxes  -  we hope!
 
   






click on picture
           
 





10.3.12.


Welcome to Bat-ing-ham Palace! We're nearing the end of the 'Bat Build'. The next step will be the transfer of the bats to their new home. Hopefully they will stay there & not try to return to the main St Joseph's building. April 2nd is the date the work should begin here. 












     
  17.2.13.

It was warm & sunny, with a real touch of Spring in the air today, even the birds were singing. At recreation we went down to St Josephs to see how the Bat Loft, the Hibernacula, was progressing. Initially we'd had snow which had delayed the work, then came the rain. The ground is mud, mud, mud & quite slippery to walk on. There are huge turrets of muddy clay & we had to be careful where we put our feet. But the Hibernacula is taking shape & is a dwelling fit for a king, never mind 19 bats!
         Click on the picture to see the progress.
     



click on picture
       
 



16.1.13.


This week work has started to build the Hibernacula (Bat loft). By law the 19 bats found in the roof of St. Josephs are highly protected & everything is done, on their behalf, to ensure they have a new home without too much disruption to them. Once the Bat Loft is constructed they will be placed in their new home, by hand. The bat's 'maternity season' is from the 1st May to the end of August. We hope to re-house them in March. Then work can commence on the new monastery. A tree is in the way of the Hibernacula, it is old, decaying & split so will have to come down. Just when we thought everything had been planned correctly, our first hiccup occurs. I'm sure it won't be our last!