One of the local home-ed groups arranged a trip to nearby Torre Abbey in Torquay. Finally feeling ready to get back into group life again we went along, and I'm so glad we did. We received a really lovely welcome from people we hadn't seen in a long time, and also met some new ones which is always nice.
The Abbey itself was interesting, and we have vowed to go back on our own one day and spend more time looking around. It's history is an interesting one. The children were particularly enjoyed viewing the art gallery section, and seeing the William Holman Hunt painting - The Children's Holiday, and knowing it was worth in the region of 3 and a half million pounds, seemed to impress them.
We were the first home-ed group to have been taken around the Abbey (I believe), and we seemed to have caused a little planning headache for the education department. It has to be said though, that the lady did a pretty good job considering the age differences of the children, and she managed to hold the interest of most of them for the duration. There was a little too much "do not touch", "keep fingers off the glass", "don't lean on that" kind of thing going on for comfort really, but all in all it was a very enjoyable day.