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Out of the cave and onto facebook - life of a modern hermit 
Rachel Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you most often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher, sat in her simple house in a small English village ringed by green countryside. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. “I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton’s wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton views the sunset from a vantage point near St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire,... 
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Sister Rachel Denton views the sunset from a vantage point near St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray.REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton watches a tractor pass at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton watches a tractor pass at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton sits with her chicken in the garden of St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire,... 
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Sister Rachel Denton sits with her chicken in the garden of St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton coaxes a chicken into St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton coaxes a chicken into St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
A chicken walks through St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015.... 
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A chicken walks through St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton practices her calligraphy St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton practices her calligraphy St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
A crucifix and rosary beads lie on a windowsill in St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east... 
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A crucifix and rosary beads lie on a windowsill in St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton looks out of a window at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton looks out of a window at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton checks her Facebook page at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east... 
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Sister Rachel Denton checks her Facebook page at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton's twitter page is shown on a computer at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire,... 
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Sister Rachel Denton's twitter page is shown on a computer at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
A teddy bear and cross lie on the bed of Sister Rachel Denton at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire,... 
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A teddy bear and cross lie on the bed of Sister Rachel Denton at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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October 12, 2015 
Sister Rachel Denton dresses in her prayer shawl at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east... 
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Sister Rachel Denton dresses in her prayer shawl at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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Sister Rachel Denton sits with a cat in St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain April... 
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Sister Rachel Denton sits with a cat in St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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Sister Rachel Denton uses her sewing machine at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton uses her sewing machine at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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Sister Rachel Denton holds a candle during the Compline, or night prayers, at St Cuthbert's Hermitage... 
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Sister Rachel Denton holds a candle during the Compline, or night prayers, at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall 
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Sister Rachel Denton reads in her bed at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain... 
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Sister Rachel Denton reads in her bed at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. "I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall PICTURE 19 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "OUT OF THE CAVE AND ONTO FACEBOOK - LIFE OF A MODERN HERMIT"SEARCH "RACHEL DENTON" FOR ALL IMAGES 
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Sister Rachel Denton takes off her cross as she prepares herself for bed at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in... 
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Sister Rachel Denton takes off her cross as she prepares herself for bed at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. "I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 20 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "OUT OF THE CAVE AND ONTO FACEBOOK - LIFE OF A MODERN HERMIT"SEARCH "RACHEL DENTON" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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October 12, 2015 
Hermit Sister Rachel Denton picks apples in the evening at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north... 
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Hermit Sister Rachel Denton picks apples in the evening at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. "I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall PICTURE 21 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "OUT OF THE CAVE AND ONTO FACEBOOK - LIFE OF A MODERN HERMIT"SEARCH "RACHEL DENTON" FOR ALL IMAGES 
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Sister Rachel Denton locks her hen up for the night at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north... 
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Sister Rachel Denton locks her hen up for the night at St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. "I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall PICTURE 22 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "OUT OF THE CAVE AND ONTO FACEBOOK - LIFE OF A MODERN HERMIT"SEARCH "RACHEL DENTON" FOR ALL IMAGES 
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Sister Rachel Denton looks at the evening sky from the doorway of St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire,... 
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Sister Rachel Denton looks at the evening sky from the doorway of St Cuthbert's Hermitage in Lincolnshire, north east Britain September 25, 2015. Denton, a Catholic hermit, rises early to tend to her vegetable garden, feed her cats and pray. But the former Carmelite nun, who in 2006 pledged to live the rest of her life in solitude, has another chore - to update her Twitter account and check Facebook. "The myth you often face as a hermit is that you should have a beard and live in a cave. None of which is me," says the ex-teacher. For the modern-day hermit, she says social media is vital: "tweets are rare, but precious," she writes on her Twitter profile. The internet also allows Denton to shop online and communicate with friends. "I am a hermit but I am also human." A diagnosis of cancer earlier this year reaffirmed Denton's wish to carry on a life of solitude, prayer and contemplation. REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 23 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY: "OUT OF THE CAVE AND ONTO FACEBOOK - LIFE OF A MODERN HERMIT"SEARCH "RACHEL DENTON" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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