Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Norcia

This weekend we went for a drive to New Norcia, which, for the benefit of my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, is the only monastery town in Western Australia and was built by the Benedictine monks.

The monastery still functions but unfortunately there are now only nine monks, following the death last year of the monk who tended the olive groves for which the monastery is famous.

This year the virgin olive oil produced by the monks won 8 prizes at the Royal Show but you can only buy it in New Norcia. There is nothing like a chunk of crusty New Norcia bread dipped in their olive oil. We came home with both, so there are no prizes for guessing what we had for an afternoon snack!

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