Jumieges Abbey, France

The Abbey of Jumieges is near the Seine River just west of Rouen, France. There has been an Abbey on this site since the times of the Vikings. In 1067 the abbey church was consecrated in the presence of William the Conqueror. We happened upon the ancient ruins with its impressive arches and sweeping walls; an historical site worth seeing. Noisy birds flying overhead calling to one another were the only hymns we heard. I closed my eyes and imagined the sound of medieval choirs singing. In the center of the cloister an ancient yew tree remains.

In one of the stone buildings I found sage growing wildly. Here I imagined seed had blown and that this was the Salvia officinalis of the monks medicinal garden.