The Monastery
9 August 2022

Oh boy… if these walls could talk. They do. You can put your hand on them and feel all the way back to the early days, when it was a monastery (not a hotel and spa). I love stone walls because they tell a lot of tales. I also like the neat, ordered, structured lines of austere and ascetic religious buildings (like Quaker style simplicity).

What I perhaps find most interesting here are the windows. It is there to let in light, to see the heavens – perhaps – but whoever dwells within has absolutely zero desire to see either views or the neighbours. Many days I can relate. Just me and my work and no way for anyone to interrupt.

Was it not for the fanatical adherence to doctrine, celibacy, self flagellation and lack of chocolates – I might have been a good monk.

Come to think of it – the strictest of rules were seldom followed in reality.

That’s the problem with taking the whole religion thing too seriously. If you really and actually believe – it’s hard to be religious.

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.