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photoblog image 'Scene' in Durham 3/5

'Scene' in Durham 3/5

There is an excellent indoor market in Durham just off the city centre and as we wandered around looking at some of the stalls we kept seeing this trio of nuns out doing their shopping. They were laughing and joking with one another, in some ways they seemed most un-nunlike, certainly they were enjoying their time out in public.

'Scene' in Durham 3/5

There is an excellent indoor market in Durham just off the city centre and as we wandered around looking at some of the stalls we kept seeing this trio of nuns out doing their shopping. They were laughing and joking with one another, in some ways they seemed most un-nunlike, certainly they were enjoying their time out in public.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 Oct 2016, 00:56
They might not be nuns, Brian...perhaps a troupe of Monty Python Fish Slappers on smoko?
On ne voit plus de nones habillées en tenue.
Brian Walbey: It isn't very often one sees nuns over here either.
Nuns on the run!
Brian Walbey: Sort of, they were certainly full of fun and laughter together.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Oct 2016, 04:58
'Does sister Agnes need a new guitar or shall we buy her a fishing net'....
Great pictures smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, I did wonder why they spent quite a long time looking at the guitars.
What great photo's, Brian! I've met few nun's in my life - but they were full of joy!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth. I guess with their deep beliefs and chosen way of life they can't be any other than full of joy, as indeed are monks no doubt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2016, 06:31
Who knows what goes on inside the heads of nuns Brian..
Brian Walbey: It is a way of life, as with monks, that the ordinary person in the street can't relate to i guess.
Maybe they had too much to drink the night before??? HA! Actually, I'm thinking of "Sister Act" right now and am smiling. How fun.
Brian Walbey: They were certainly having a great time, just like an ordinary group of ladies out shopping.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Oct 2016, 07:30
Very nice scenes! We can see often here nuns in groups, they are enjoying themselves.
Brian Walbey: I don't think there are any convents near where I live so seeing nuns is quite unusual, but we do have a very famous monastery only a short drive from us and the monks there are very sociable when one visits.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Oct 2016, 09:41
Looking at the guitars, they must have been making 'Sister Act' comments.

The lives of nuns can vary. Probably the last nun I have spoken to is sister Mary-George, a maths and computer science teacher at a convent school, when I helped her prepare the debating team for a big event. I learned that she is so busy in public, with school stuff, that the only time she is being a proper nun is from dinner to breakfast - provided there are no school activities in that time. And she was 78 at the time.
Brian Walbey: Where I grew up there was a convent and attached catholic school for those of that persuasion. For a while my Dad was a delivery lorry driver and if I went out with him and he had something for the convent they had a revolving drum with a gap in one side just inside the front door and after announcing ones arrival they spun it round, Dad put the package in the drum, and they turned it back to the inside, that way they didn’t actually come into contact with him. If it was a large package then they opened a door and Dad took it through and left in it there. Being a youngster I found it slightly daunting because i didn’t understand their way of life at that time.
Good to see these Carmelite nuns enjoying a day out Brian.
Brian Walbey: They were certainly having a great time, just like an ordinary group of ladies out shopping.
We don't see nuns like this any more though I grew up with them this way.
Brian Walbey: Where I grew up there was a convent and occasionally a nun might be seen but I think they were a fairly closed order. They no longer have a convent there now, it is a housing estate!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2016, 16:47
Perhaps they were really a hen party dressed to look like nuns wink Maybe they were thinking of buying a whoopee cushion for the Mother Superior.
Brian Walbey: They are a bit overdressed for a hen party, they usually walk around virtually naked these days I believe!
nuns are very much the same as us Brian... they enjoy life even more... and the bright colours lift their spirits even more...petersmile
Brian Walbey: They were certainly having a great time, just like an ordinary group of ladies out shopping.
A favourite visit when I was a lad and there were 2nd hand bookstalls smile
Brian Walbey: I'm a sucker for 2nd.hand bookstalls.

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