Hello from Lindisfarne, another “thin place” for early Celtic Christian monks.

Saint Aidan:

The holy island of Lindisfarne

Around A.D. 635, the Irish monk St. Aidan and his followers founded a monastery on Lindisfarne, now in ruins. He had come from Iona off the west coast of Scotland to evangelize the north of England. It was here that the famous illuminated manuscript known as the Lindisfarne Gospels was produced early in the next century. Today the Gospels are housed in the British Library in London, despite a campaign to have them returned to a suitable place in the northeast of England, such as Durham Cathedral.

On June 8, 793, sails appeared off the coast of Lindisfarne. The Norsemen were here – the Viking age had begun. The raiders destroyed the abbey on the island and looted its treasures.


Robin Currie, Britain and Ireland. A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles. National Geographic. Washington, D.C. 2010. p. 171-172

The next pictures is for Josephine’s father who is checking this blog regularly:


England: Alnwick Castle




  1. Spectacular ruins! I’m
    Sorry for my late comment….I will explain why when you come home. Joanna, thank you for taking me on this beautiful iurney with you

    1. Thank you for all your comments Christina. I am very happy to hear from you. Happy birthday to Anthony. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Remember I am free in September, we can meet at any time. Be strong!

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