Item 04: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 100
9 April 1918 Tuesday (X to X crossed out)
Most of these Monasteries were self contained before the war- Kept Bees, Pigeons, Rabbits, pigs, grew vegetables & fruit & each had a Winery, often a crucifix on the wall over the biggest cask.
Bon Vivants, but French ; English have had a lot of damage done to them- Here all the vines have been uprooted. X One cellar a German Painter had done a disgusting fresco & written Work is work Wine is wine. At Christian Brothers all the best wine had been buried-X
The "Freres" showed me their new Catholic Church -
all these good folk.