Today saw us having a history tour with our good homeschool pals...and what a tour it was !!! We visited the famous Castletown house in the next town (Celbridge) and had a guided tour along with some German and Swiss tourists. The house dates back to 1720 , and is still currently under reconstruction , but the West wing and most of the 1st and 2nd floors of the main house were part of the tour...unfortunately , but very understandably we couldnt bring our cameras on the tour , this is due to security and also because of the age of some of the paintings, wallpaper etc...but we got a guide book and some leaflets and postcards and over the next couple of days the girls will all be writing up a field trip report...we all signed the visitors book and as you can see the girls thought it was "really good" and "really cool" high praise from kids ! We also had a lovley tea in the tearooms , and afterwards went on a big celebration dinner to the Springfield hotel...a treat indeed for us all , and a lovley way to start the Homeschooling year ! so thanks a million to Nora , the driver mom , and heres to many more tours throughout the coming year !