Exploring Geography: England

Today’s Exploring Geography post comes from Rebecca, a teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to three girls (a five-year-old and two-year-old twins). Rebecca blogs at Here Come the Girls which is full of crafts, cooking and learning. I adore her rainbow fish costume, cardboard box London bus, and fairy garden discovery bottle!

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England

With a surname like English there is only one place I could possibly write about – my home country England. (Although, I was actually born in Scotland which is in the North of the United kingdom – but we’ll ignore that for the moment.) What comes to mind when I think of England? Cups of tea, rain, long walks in the countryside, the Queen, politeness, curling up with a book under a warm blanket, old buildings, The Olympics 2012, The Beatles, and eating fish and chips.

Food

There is a famous quote which goes: "If you want to eat well in England, eat three breakfasts (Somerset Maugham). This is because English food used to have a bad reputation and "an English breakfast" of sausage, bacon, beans, tomato egg and toast was considered the only good food we had. This is really a holiday treat now and most people eat cereal, luckily the rest of our menu has improved. Curries are now considered to be our best dish, especially near where I live in the City of Birmingham which is a melting pot for many different cultures. My favourite part of the English menu is a cup of tea, preferably with a scone with lots of jam (jelly).

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Craft

There are a lot of traditional crafts from England. When I was younger I used to do a few, mainly because I loved old English novels such as Jane Austen. I used to do lace making, although I never made lots of lace, just a few book marks. I also did cross stitch which is a type of embroidery which has become more popular recently.

Books

There is a strong writing tradition in England and this is probably because one of the most famous writers Shakespeare lived here. His plays are performed regularly around the world and many phases which we use every day come from his writing. Probably the best books to get a flavour for real English life are the books of Shirley Hughes. My daughter listens to a CD of Dogger nearly every night and the pictures are so realistic, and remind me of my childhood. I love how she has everyday children living normal lives.

The Queen

Probably the most famous person in England is The Queen. This year was her Jubilee because she has been ruling the country for sixty years. People up and down the land had street parties to celebrate. There were lots of flags on show. These were mainly the Union Jack which is the flag of Great Britain (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The English flag is just the red cross on a white background. If you want to read a funny (though not very accurate) book about the Queen then The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allen with have you giggling.

Thank you, Rebecca, for this lovely introduction to England! I will definitely be reading both of your recommended books with my children!

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

14 thoughts on “Exploring Geography: England”

    1. This post looks specifically at England within the United Kingdom (just as there are posts looking at individual states from the United States).

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    Mmmmm, now you have me wanting an English breakfast with a proper cuppa! Then maybe fish and chips for lunch and a nice curry for dinner. :) :) Not sure why this post made me so hungry; guess it’s some nostalgia kicking in from when we lived in London. The picture of the girl holding the flags is awesome.

  2. I loved this. My husband will possibly do his PhD somewhere in the UK so I always love hearing about the culture. I loved visiting there as a child–I grew up across the channel in France so was able to visit several times. Now I must go make some tea. :-)

  3. My husband went to boarding school in England and an English breakfast is still his favorite. I’m looking forward to checking out these books.

  4. I was in Birmingham last August! We have friends who live there. We happened to fly in the day (was it a bomb?) went off at the train station there. It was a bit tricky getting the train there but we finally got there!

  5. Hate to be pedantic, but pet hate of mine is here. It’s a Union Flag. It is only a Union Jack when it is being flown at sea.

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