Thursday, August 15, 2013

Rachael and I Visit the Monastery on the Mountain

Some of my blogger friends were surprised when I posted stories about the Zen Buddhist Center in our canyon. You may also be surprised to know that there is a Norbertine Monastery on Tehachapi Mountain. The cloistered, contemplative community of the Norbertine Sisters of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph was founded in 1997; and in the year 2000, Mother Mary Augustine and four sisters moved to this location. The convent has expanded and there is now a new building where the nuns live. 

Rachael had never been there, so when she came to visit last month, we drove up the winding road, boarded on each side by Blue, Black and Live Oaks, as well as other trees and bushes. All green and fresh and wonderful for my desert dry soul. 

Unfortunately, we arrived during the nuns' mid-day break, when they close the gift shop and use the chapel for their own services. We disturbed this big dog's nap too, but he didn't seem to mind. 

We took some pictures of their garden and then drove down to the fields below and visited the goats.

Lavender grows everywhere; the nuns use it for soaps, salves, and other items that they sell in their gift shop.

When my husband and I were here in June, the goats were not at all interested in us and only the ram came up to check us out.

The rest stayed put and didn't even give us a second look.

Those of you who are familiar with Rachael and all that she does for animals, will have no doubt that she immediately became a huge attraction. Nearly all the goats came running. It's really true, and it was an amazing sight. 

This one managed to get her head through the fence and got the most attention from Rachael. Ooh, she was one happy goat, getting her ear scratched.

Rachael has a gift with animals that's a joy to watch. She's sort of an all around animal whisperer.

Agreed said this pretty goat.

After petting the goats for a while, we drove up to the mountain park where Rachael admired the Lodge Pole Pines and other tall trees.

And waited for me, while I visited the rather primitive facilities. A good day spent with a good friend. Thanks for stopping by to share it with me.


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