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A New Year’s Wish: Lonely Fences, Revisited

A winter walk along the winding road to St. Joseph’s Abbey during the Omicron upsurge.

Aging wooden fences line the twisting, hilly, half-mile long road that leads to St. Joseph’s Abbey. The views of fields and distant hills are lovely and uplifting. The walk to the top takes stamina, and provides time for meditation.
Occasionally, one notices posts and railings that need repair.
A closer inspection shows the effect of time and weather.
Closer to the top, the hills beyond come into view.
Finally, the land levels off.
The journey is complete.
Inside the abbey, visitors can rest in the quiet glow of stained glass.
May we all find moments of rest and hope in the New Year.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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20 Comments

  1. Dear Julie,
    Thank you for taking us along on your refreshing winter walk and for ending it in the serene setting of the abbey with its gorgeous windows. I enjoyed this pilgrimage very much.
    Wishing you good health, peace, and many more nature walks for the coming year.
    Warmly,
    Tanja

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  2. Very, very beautiful! A happy New Year to you and yours.

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    1. Happy New Year, Laurie. Your snow pics look beautiful. I’m hoping for a little more snow here!
      Julie

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  3. With only a dust of snow it looks so peaceful and beautiful. Happy New Year.

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    1. Many thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Julie

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  4. Wow! Looks amazing, peaceful and so beautiful! Thank’s for share.
    Happy New Year! Best wishes.
    Elvira

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    1. Thank you for visiting. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Happy New Year!
      Julie

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      1. It is a pleassure Julie.
        Happy 2022 too!
        Elvira

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  5. What a delightful invitation to take some of that journey with you. I was taken back to some of Robert Frost’s poetry and his writings on walks and on fences and walls. Happy New Year Julie.

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    1. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you, as well! I’m glad the photos brought Frost to mind. Here in Massachusetts, I’m hoping for a little more “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” soon. (Only a covering of snow here now.)
      Julie

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  6. So beautiful and peaceful! I would love to take that walk!

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    1. Thank you, and wishing you many wonderful photography walks this year!

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  7. Love your fence captures, and the stained glass is glorious! Happy New Year, Julie!

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna. Wishing you wonderful days of photography in the coming year!

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  8. Beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful 2022!

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you well for 2022!

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  9. Hi Julie – I really enjoyed your lovely photos of the snowy fields and fences. I expect it must have been a bracing walk, but what a beautiful abbey and the stained-glass windows are stunning. It looks to be a restorative place for rest and hope. Thanks for the link to the abbey’s website – I enjoyed reading about the abbey and the monastic life.
    Best wishes to you too for the year ahead – as the Omicron surge unfolds it is difficult to know what lies ahead. Take care.

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol. Yes, the Abbey is very beautiful. In years past, they were also known for their Trappist Jams and Jellies. Lately, the make and sell their own beers!

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