Monday, 25 June 2018

Days Out In Devon: Torre Abbey By The Western Lady


I have had a lovely weekend - at home for a change.  In fact I've got a few  now with nothing planned.  Of course if anyone has any suggestions I might be off!    Yesterday we decided to take the boat to Torquay.  The return trip on the Western Lady, at three pounds for a return ticket, has got to be one of the best bargains around.  It's a lovely half hour taking in the vistas of Torbay.


This is what we went to see.  'Do you want to come and watch some robots re-enacting the Last Supper?'  I asked Lou.  'Why ever not!' he replied.


And yep!  It was as odd as it sounded.  Clever and thought provoking though.  We're not quite sure why there were copulating 'budgies' on the table but obviously we're not experts in the field of interpreting art.


There's a rather good exhibit about the history of the abbey too.  This very early bi-plane took off from its lawns and proved to the Naval fleet that aircraft might pose a bit of a threat to shipping in wartime.  The abbey also played an important part in hosting the yachting events for the 1948 Olympics.  Monks also lived there too at some part of its history.  Duh!


Torquay was home to a pottery that made souvenirs for other resorts.  Here's a typical example that appealed to this tidy freak.


I took a shot of this weird lacy dolls house as I know that there's a few of you out there who like this sort of thing.  The items in this shop demonstrate the maker's different crafting abilities.


There's proofs of some fascinating William Blake engravings depicting the book of Job.


This was my favourite painting.  There wasn't any notice saying who'd painted it.  It will have to remain a mystery.


And I loved this fellow too.  Othello had his marble handkerchief stolen in the '60s but it was returned after a local girl found it on the beach.


And finally outside to the glasshouses which were cooler on a hot day than you would have expected.  There's supposed to be stick insects inside.  Be blowed if I could find any.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds a lovely day and the little boat trip looks inviting. Very warm here in mid Scotland too so moho all cleaned and prepped ready for next time. Have a good week.

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    1. It's lovely to have a clean motorhome waiting for the next trip around. Good tidings to you too! xx

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  2. I love Torre Abbey, it's a lovely place to visit and has such a wealth of history, from its days as an abbey, through the families who lived there to the art gallery and museum it is today. I also love that painting of Beacon Cove - I'm old enough to remember it much like on the painting because although that looks to have been painted in the 1920s it wasn't much different in the 1950s when I was a child.
    A boat trip across the Bay from Torquay to Brixham (and back again) is lovely in summer.
    Margaret P
    Margaret P

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    1. I didn't know it was Beacon Cove. Thanks for that! xx

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    2. Yes, definitely Beacon Cove. Sadly, it doesn't look like this any more. And where Living Coasts now is (or now are?) there used to be the Marine Spa. It was a lovely place, a swimming pool and, above, a ballroom and on the side of the ballroom, a conservatory, with 1930s style Lloyd Loom furniture for afternoon tea, etc. There is a little book (I have a copy) called The Torquay Marine Spa 1853-1971 by Frank Pearce and this tells you all about the place. It really was a spa, with medicinal baths and what was called a Vichy massage. I never saw the inside of this building, only photos of it. It was there when I was young, but I was too young to attend dances there - I understand it had a magnificent ballroom, where dancing championships were once held. All pulled down to make way, in the 1970s for Coral Island, a casino-style place which didn't last the proverbial five minutes and now it's home to penguins in Living Coasts!
      Margaret P

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    3. Yes - after you commented I looked up a picture of Beacon Cove and was quite sad. The old beach was much nicer than the one with today's backdrop of Living Coasts. xx

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