Thursday Doors – St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury

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I am late with my post this week. The reason is that my dad is very unwell. He is in heart failure and is currently bed ridden. My mom and I are looking after him and I am also trying to ensure my mom doesn’t overdo it and make herself ill. His condition is stable, but we have to wait for the medicine to bring about improvements, if it is going to work.

Today, my post is about St Augustine’s Abbey. I had said I was going to post about St Andrew’s but I haven’t had a chance this week to find those pictures.

This is what English Heritage has got to say about St Augustine’s Abbey:

“St Augustine’s Abbey was one of the most important monasteries in medieval England. For almost 1,000 years, it was a centre of learning and spirituality. Established as the result of the mission to bring Christianity to England, it was reduced to ruins during Henry VIII’s Suppression of the Monasteries.”

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65 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – St Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury

    1. Hi Danny, my dad helps we by collecting my sons from school and he does other things around the property as we live on one property with two houses. He obviously also does things in his own house. My mom is all stressed out because I am working and also collecting the boys and doing all the things Dad usually does so she keeps try to help and is looking a bit worn. I am trying to chase her away but it is difficult. Fate has stepped in and the schools are closed for two weeks because of covid. It is actually a bit of a relief for me as it does make life a little easier over this time. Thanks for caring. Hugs.

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  1. I hope your father’s condition improves, Robbie. We will keep him in our prayers.

    Even in ruin, St Augustine’s Abbey is remarkable. I appreciate the effort to preserve what remains and to explain the history. I think it is especially evil to destroy a house of worship, even if it is of a different religion. Thank you for taking time from your busy life to share these images and this bit of important history with us. Take care.

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    1. HI Dan, thank you, this was a wonderful place to visit. I do think Henry VIII was a terrible man to cause so much destruction and misery just so he could divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn. She certainly paid a high price for his favour.

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    1. HI Chris, thank you. The timing is terrible as Gauteng is a a pandemic frenzy. I never thought I’d be in a situation where I needed medical assistance and couldn’t get it. No ambulances, no hospital beds, no doctors. ON Friday night I though we might lose him as he took a bad turn, but my sister and I nursed him though it and he seems a bit better today. I’m hoping he’s turned a corner.

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  2. I am sorry about your father. I’m sure it has been a difficult period. I hope you see some improvement soon.

    Great photos. It is a place I may need to visit the next time I am in England. (Not that I make it there often!)

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  3. Robbie, thank you for the beautiful pictures and information, and how thoughtful of you to send this out when you have so much going on. I hope your father’s health improves! Sending healing thoughts to him and you and your Mom, too, as you go through this stressful time. Keeping you in prayers.

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  4. I’m sorry to hear about your dad’s ill health, Robbie. I hope the medication helps quickly and gives you and your mom some relief. It sounds so stressful. I can’t believe you’re posting, but thank you for the photos and a bit of the history. Take good care of yourself while you care for others. Hugs.

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    1. Hi Diana, dad is sleeping/resting a lot of the time and there isn’t anything we can do to help further. Only one sister is visiting because of Covid and my mom also rests. I need to spend time doing things that do not involve thinking about his health problem and worrying about it.

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  5. My very damaged heart goes out to you and yours. The best I can offer you is that despite nearly being dead, I DID come back. There was a long period when everything was bad, but it got better — or at least better enough for me to leave the hospital and come home. THEN it took another couple of months to see meaningful improvement and now, 7 years later, I’m a LOT better. The improvement has been so gradual I didn’t realize how much better I was until I looked at how I feel now versus how I felt five years ago.

    We don’t always win the battle, but medicine has come a very long way in treating heart problems. There are a lot of new and better medications for recovery, for maintaining recovery, and helping us gradually regain more of our lives. Be patient, try to be optimistic — and most important, BE THERE.

    Whatever happens, make sure you are near and involved. You’d be amazed at what a huge difference your presence makes to people who are struggling. Come what may, you are the biggest godsend of all.

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    1. Hi Marilyn, thank you for this message, it really has made me a feel a better. It is so awful to have a really sick person at home in the middle of the third wave of corona. There is no help to be had other than the GP. No hospital beds, no ambulances, cardiologists are not answering their phones. I feel very alone with this but I am grateful for the GP, the medications, and the oxygen I managed to get and the fact I could afford the inflated price for the two bottles. Lots of things to be thankful for. I am so glad you are doing better and I hope that continues. Hugs.


  6. Thank you for sharing the great photos of your travel, Robbie. I pray that your dad continue to improve. Glad the school has two weeks break, not that I want to hear the Covid situation. Take care of yourself.

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    1. Hi Miriam, thank you, dad seems a little better today. The first really better day in over a week so I am feeling a little more hopeful that he will be okay. The boys will have on-line learning but I don’t have to spend 2 hours a day taking them to school and bringing them home.

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      1. Good to hear your dad is doing better. Will continue to pray for his recovery. Spending two hours a day taking your boys to school must be hard on you in additional to everything you’re doing. Are they in high school?

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  7. I love your photos and the history – we visited there for a school trip, more than fifty years ago! I hope your father is soon feeling better, and your mum doesn’t make herself ill too. Take care.

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  8. H
    Sending healing thoughts for your dad.
    Wonder if old Henry VIII thought we’d still be talking about St Augustine’s Abbey when he crumbled it. I bet not. Thanks for the history lesson. Nice post.


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