Buckland Abbey

While British weather is difficult to predict at the best of times, the days are getting longer and I think I can safely say that spring has arrived in Torquay. There are blue skies, warm(ish) days and tens of people eating ice cream on the beach. After living in Los Angeles for four years, it was hard to adapt to the British winter. Going to work and coming home in the dark is not my favorite. But now there are tulips everywhere and I’ve started spending more time outside, savoring these few days of sunshine.

I’ve always wanted to see a bluebell field (fulfilling my fantasy of  the”proper” British countryside), and so a few weekends ago we went up to Buckland Abbey in search of one. Unfortunately it was still a little too early, but I did get to visit a great national trust site.

The Abbey is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum.

At Drake’s (the seafarer, not rapper) house we saw some great treasurers, and got to dress up in old fashioned clothes. There was also a beautiful Rembrandt on display, and acres of land filled with sheep and orchards.

After oo-ing and aww-ing over the new lambs, I had lamb and mint sauce for the first (and probably the last) time, and then spent some time trampolining with two children under five. What a day!

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