Buckfast Beasties!

Hello everybody, and I hope this new week is treating you well! Today we’re going to catch up with Paddy and Plunkett, who we last saw exploring the weird and wonderful environs of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
A Narrow Escape for Paddy - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThis time, they’re much less likely to have to save their woolly skins from prowling mud giants. Their wandering paws have brought them to this peaceful place!
Buckfast Abbey from Outside - B Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThis is Buckfast Abbey, home to an entirely self-supporting community of Benedictine monks.

The original abbey at Buckfast was demolished in 1539 during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the site became a quarry, then the grounds of a private house. But then, in 1882, the land was purchased by the Benedictines, who set about re-establishing a monastic community here.

Building work started in 1907, and took around 30 years to complete. And looking at what they created…
Buckfast Abbey Exterior - B Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… You’d never know that this was accomplished with virtually no mechanical assistance. The monks borrowed a horse and cart from a local farmer for transportation, and their scaffolding was held together with tied ropes! And if you think that’s impressive…
Inside Buckfast Abbey - B Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… The interior will take your breath away!
Painted Ceilings at Buckfast Abbey - B Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd outside the Abbey, the grounds also contain a farm, sensory garden, lavender garden and a working water mill. The atmosphere of calm and reflection here really amazed the boys – maybe that’s why they’re not gadding about in front of the camera as much as usual!

However, on the way out, they stopped by the Abbey’s produce shop…
Shopping at Buckfast Abbey - B Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties… To pick up a Beastie-sized sample of one of the monks’ most celebrated creations – Buckfast Tonic Wine!

“I think it’s important we support all the good work these people do, Plunkett. Now, follow me!”
Beastie Buckfast - CrawCrafts BeastiesFinding the perfect picnic spot isn’t always easy, but remembering that the monks built an entire Abbey using the most rudimentary equipment, the lads figured they could probably manage a short flight of steps.
Passing the Buckfast - CrawCrafts Beasties“Nearly there! Aha, this looks perfect!”
The Perfect Spot for a Boozy Lunch - CrawCrafts BeastiesOf course, Paddy was first to take a hearty glug from the bottle… I think we can all see where this is going.
Paddy Samples some Buckfast - CrawCrafts BeastiesThen again, Plunkett doesn’t look too steady on his feet either! This is potent stuff!
Plunkett, A Little the Worse for Wear - CrawCrafts Beasties“Paddy, you are my bessshhht friend…”

Uh-oh, he’s away.
Plunkett Falls For Buckfast - CrawCrafts BeastiesQuick, Paddy! Help him up! But carefully now, in case you…
Buckfast Takes its Toll - CrawCrafts Beasties… Fall over.

Oh well, I suppose we’d better leave them to sleep it off! There’s a lesson here about enjoying your fortified wines responsibly – especially if you’re only 5 and a half inches tall.

And how about you lot? Have you tried any interesting or unusual elixirs lately? Be sure to tell us all about it in the comments!

18 thoughts on “Buckfast Beasties!

  1. Oh those lucky guys. Not only a gorgeous cathedral, but a nice boozy picnic after their visit. The story of the construction is amazing (especially considering I can’t even stake up my tomatoes without the whole staking system collapsing two days later). We have Benedictine monks not far away, but unfortunately they only make fudge, not Beastie baffling drinks.

    1. Yes, it’s got all the makings of a perfect day! I’m not sure how they’re feeling this morning though. šŸ¤Æ Oh, and another aspect of Buckfast Abbey that didn’t quite fit into the post, but which might interest you… It was home to celebrated beekeeping monk Brother Adam. He devoted pretty much his whole life to looking after Buckfast’s bees, and even developed his own strain! Here’s his Wikipedia page if you’d like to take a peek! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Kehrle
      And hey, maybe you could drop some off your latest batch of wine in with your local Benedictines and see if they’ll fortify it for you? šŸ˜

      1. I’m not sharing my wine! I have actually heard of Buckfast bees but didn’t make the connection. I wonder how much of Brother Adams’s honey was made into mead since he seems to be part of the Drunk Monk order šŸ˜œ

  2. Haha, let them sleep it off.

    I think the most exciting thing I’ve drunk recently was a Belgium raspberry beer. I really liked it… but it doesn’t really give you a buzz, it’s more like a lemonade – bubbly and sweet. šŸ™‚

  3. Hahahaha excellent photos! That must be some goooooood wine! Last year we took the steam train to Buckfastleigh (in fulfilment of a nephew’s fantasy), but alas did not imbibe any of the good stuff! I could have used some–I managed to purchase a sandwich with a COBWEB on it for lunch! Great post.

    1. What? But cheese and cobweb is a classic sandwich combination! šŸ˜œ I think the lads did well to skip out on that particular delicacy, even if their heads are a little sore this morning! Cheers for stopping by, Weekes!

        1. Yaaaay! I suppose he must have been pretty much raised on Buckfast then šŸ˜‚ I think the boys are all done in the south west now, but they had a great time while they were there!

    1. Heehee! Possibly… But I think the boys appreciated their efforts. Perhaps a little moderation might be in order next time! šŸ˜‰ Cheers for stopping in, Paula!

    1. Heeheehee! Thanks Tierney… I can never resist a comic book sound effect! šŸ¤£ Cheers for joining the boys on their latest adventure!

  4. Very neat to see this beautifully-built space – done with ropes… how? and Wow. And, I am all for hearty glugs in the grass. Looks like a very fun time (and nothing that a little sleep and hearty breakfast didn’t cure, I’m sure!).

    1. Yes, I imagine Beastie-sized “full Irish” breakfasts were called for after these shenanigans! šŸ˜‚ As for how they built Buckfast Abbey, it’s incredible, isn’t it? And I read that despite their low-tech approach, there were only 4 recorded (and non-fatal) injuries during the whole building process! Cheers for stopping in, Shirley šŸ˜Š

    1. I know… A bit of a contrast, isn’t it? Especially since the monastery itself is so peaceful – it’s lucky the boys decided to take their party elsewhere! Thanks for stopping in, Hannah! šŸ˜

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