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" A gust of wind swirled the leaves back out of the wheelbarrow. "They work us hard here - always busy."Not for an instant did the couple recognise the man with the shock of white hair as the jovial Abbot of Buckfast, who half an hour earlier had solemnly taken Mass and preached inspiringly or who, dressed in the black habit of the Benedictines, with abbatial cross glinting, would welcome groups of foreign visitors in French, German or Italian.
He entered the Benedictine community at Buckfast Abbey in 1934 (when he was given the religious name of Leo), and made his solemn profession as a monk in 1938.
His descriptions of the restoration works of the medieval buildings of Buckfast were fascinating and instructive.
He was a colourful, larger-than-life character who could always argue the opposing view, always enjoy strong debate.
Cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruit and yoghurt are on offer for the health conscious or light eaters and, for the hungrier amongst you, a full English breakfast.
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During this time he helped to keep the abbey in touch with changes in the outside world and also to show thousands of visitors to the abbey that monastic life was relevant to modern society.
He was ordained priest in 1940, and at the end of the war completed his doctorate in Rome.
If you want to get away from it all for an outdoor activity break, YHA Dartmoor is the perfect spot.
The hostel is surrounded by the open moorland and forest of Dartmoor National Park, with easy access to a network of off-road routes for walking and cycling holidays.
In the Fifties, he accompanied the Buckfast beekeeper Brother Adam on extensive travels through Italy, searching for bee breeding materials.
Smith was completely at home in the Bee Department, describing the honey- extracting processes or the value of a Buckfast Queen Bee.
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