Back at the Sabine Farm

Here is my view… right now… back at The Sabine Farm through my webcam:




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  1. Geoffrey says:

    Is the Eternal City that bad? :-(

  2. Geoffrey: No, The Sabine Farm is that nice!

    Why is it that when I post something indicating a quality judgment, there are a few who immediately leap to some pessimistic conclusion? This is not a zero sum game, where only ONE place at a time can be pleasant. It is possible to be in a perfectly splendid spot and yet miss another.

    For cryin’ out loud.

  3. RBrown says:

    Is the Eternal City that bad? :-(

    It’s no place to go to relax. I always found Rome both invigorating and enervating.

  4. Geoffrey says:

    I was just curious! :-)

  5. Geoffrey: Okay… right. Sorry about that.

  6. techno_aesthete says:

    That photo reminds of some scenes from the film Into Great Silence about Carthusian monks. It was finally released in the U.S. and I saw it a few days ago. I left the theater wishing I could spend a month or more in one of their charterhouses. I currently live in a bustling city and definitely miss the peace and quiet of more rural locales. Siamo simpatici (I sigh with you).

  7. techno: You and me both. Here is the latest Sabine screenshot:

    Sabine view

  8. RBrown says:

    That photo reminds of some scenes from the film Into Great Silence about Carthusian monks.

    I see that it’s coming to KC, so I’ll try to see it. I did make a vocational visit to the Carthusians in Vermont in 86–but left after a week because I decide to go to Rome to study.

    Also noticed that the film was done a la Grande Chartreuse, where a few years ago a priest friend and I visited during the summer–but did not go inside. Spent the night at a hotel close-by in St Pierre.

    The sight of LGC is overwhelming, the enclosure running up the side of the mountain.

    If you’re interested in the Carthusians, I recommend The White Paradise by Peter van der Meer de Walcheren. You should be able to find it in a Catholic library. It’s about a visit to La Val Sainte in Switzerland–the monastery is near Gruyere.

  9. techno_aesthete says:


    Rome or Vermont? That could be a tough decision. ;-) I lived in Rome in 1975. I have an opportunity to go back to Italy. Please say a prayer that it will come to fruition. Mi manca l’Italia!

    Make every effort to see the film. It is absolutely wonderful and fascinating. The scenes where the monks come together in the chapel to pray and chant (“He who sings well, prays twice.” – I can’t recall the Latin version of that phrase offhand.) were sublime. When they were praying Matins or Compline, the chapel was completely dark except for the sanctuary lamp, some candles and small lamps which illuminated their large choir books. Do the Carthusians use their own monastic breviary or do they use the Benedictine breviary? The director used time-lapse photography and scenes of the monastery and environs throughout the year to communicate the passage of time.

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll definitely look into it.

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