Lunch in Chistlehurst momentarily revisted

I have some better photos of last Sunday’s trip to Chistlehurst to have lunch with friends, as I recounted before.  The PP is Fr. Brigg’s. 

At the graveyard of his parish church you may visit the earthly remains of the late Michael Davies, who did so much to keep the embers of the TLM alive in the years after the introduction of the Novus Ordo.

Off to the country club, which which was the residence of the Emperor Napoleon III.

The dining room is lovely.

Here is a better photo of lunch than the one I was able to upload at the moment.

I saw a curious tree after lunch.   I know it, but I can’t place it at the moment.

It flowers.

The view is nice.

A wonderful day with great people.

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  1. Jane Fulthorpe says:


    I’ve posted a special for you on my blog entitled ‘Horseradish for Fr Z.’ containing two horseradish recipes and the offer of a couple of gifts. Please have a look. (Thoughts from an Oasis in French Catholicism)

    Thanks for the photo of Michael Davies’ grave. I wondered where it was. Is it the foreshortening of the camera that indicates he was a great man in more senses than one?!

    All good wishes for tonight’s Buckinham Assembly,



  2. Rubricarius says:

    The tree is Magnolia grandiflora. This in an evergreen species that grows into a large tree in warmer climates. In the UK it is usually grown against a south-west wall for protection.

  3. Howard says:

    Definitely a magnolia. We had one in the yard of my childhood home in Overstreet, FL.

  4. Paul says:

    Magnolia trees! I had no idea they could grow in the UK, but I am sure that Britain is better for their presence. The tree is common and well loved in the southern United States, where it will grow to a truly enormous size. The bark, and especially the flowers, have a sweet aroma. The numerous low-growing branches make it one of the best trees for climbing.

  5. Tim says:

    Ah, Magnolias. My House is surrounded by them, and here in the south they get large enough that they make great climbing trees for the young-ones. I’ve scaled many of them in my day.

  6. Rachel says:

    There are many along the street where I live. My mom told me that the huge white things aren’t actually flowers, but they attract bees and butterflies and other pollinators to the actual flower.

    They’re beautiful. I didn’t know they grew in the UK.

  7. Mac McLernon says:

    It was certainly a wonderful afternoon. Have you been encountered any more tarts lately?

  8. dymphna says:

    It’s a magnolia. I never would’ve guessed that they could
    grow in such a cold place.

  9. Chironomo says:

    Definitely Magnolia Grandiflora…. have several in my yard. It is unusual that it would be found in a cooler climate. Excellent aroma!

  10. Jayna says:

    You know, people always bash English food, but what I wouldn’t give for a proper Yorkshire pudding.

  11. Crux Australis says:

    Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,

    Should such news on food and ‘de luxe’ restaurants appear in a Catholic blog like this, when millions of people suffer because of hunger? Respectfully, I think this does not help to promote the Catholic tradition nor the Evangelization.

    Sincerely yours,

    Crux Australis

  12. Austin says:

    Propose declaration of permanent and binding “no puritan zone”.

  13. Thomas says:

    Thank God for Michael Davies. And I say that having not yet read his liturgical works (yet), but because of his great little biography on one of my patrons St. John Fisher. When I can’t find even the simplest patron saint medal of him anywhere, it’s nice to have any reading material on him whatsoever.

  14. Austin: Propose declaration of permanent and binding “no puritan zone”.


  15. RichR says:


    Angelus Press just released Pope John’s Council.

    Neumann Press has Cranmer’s Godly Order.

    These are great books that have made Michael Davies my new “Scott Hahn.” He also has great talks at this website for free download:


  16. vexilla regis says:

    Dear Father Z,
    Don’t mind Crux Australis – most of us in the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit do have a sense of humour(strict sense) and are well -adjusted. It is great to know that you are being well received .

  17. Thomas says:

    Thanks RichR,

    Way late in responding so you probably won’t see this, but…

    I already have CRANMER’S GODLY ORDER, I just haven’t gotten that far in my stack(s) of books to read.

    I’ve seen POPE JOHN’S COUNCIL available at Angelus Press, but I’m wary of patronizing an SSPX outfit.

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