We had a long standing plan to go to Osborne House with another home-ed family. One of the great things about home educating is that you can get free entry into English Heritage sites for educational visits – but they need to booked at least two weeks in advance so you can’t go based on the weather – which was mixed today to say the least.
It was dry enough for us to walk there so I thought we’d properly play tourists and take pics on the floating bridge.
We had planned to go and do some sketching so weren’t actually planning to do the house just the grounds.
We started a walk down to the Swiss Cottage and then it started raining,
and then it started hailing and they hid under a picnic blanket.
Luckily a friendly minibus driver stopped and offered us a lift to the Swiss Cottage which we thankfully accepted.
They have just redone the Swiss Cottage and I thought their interpretation was excellent, interesting information in small easy to read segments and appropriate hands on activities.
The picnic area had a handy covered table so we snaffled all the dry chairs and sat in the relative dry to do some sketching. The area wasn’t very interesting to draw but having a friendly author, illustrator on hand to give you some ideas really helps.
After a bit of sketching and some running around the new playground we moved on to the beach. The beach used to be only accessible to the public during guided walks but now is open all the time – it used to feel more special going there. Ruth pinched my camera on the walk down there and photographed some wild garlic
and then moved on to some beach shots
Then it was time to head back towards the house and go on home.