Welcome to December’s edition of #CulturedKids.

All the Advent calendars are ready to be opened here, chocolate for the teens, beer for Mr CW and beauty for me.  I confess that I am quite excited at the prospect of opening up a gift every morning for next 25 days.

We have already been to see A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic see our review in the linky. If you haven’t had time to book up your Christmas show yet there is lots of inspiration to be had in my round up of London Christmas Shows.  We will be keeping The Christmas Carol theme going over the holidays as it is a GCSE set text and so we will visit the Charles Dickens Museum which is not only dressed for Christmas as usual but also has a special exhibition about the writing of the book.  Staying with the GCSE theme we will also be visiting the Army Museum.

Every year we watch the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on the television, every year the teens ask how they can be in the audience.  Members can apply for tickets, both teens are members and this year were lucky in the ballot.  As it is children only in the audience Mr CW and I will be forced to have a cocktail at Maison Assouline whilst we wait for them.  Then we will have to see if we can wait to watch them on the television or watch them streamed on the Royal Institution website.

There were some great posts linked up to #CulturedKids last month. Nell over at The Pigeon Pair and Me has picked her favourites; do pop over to her blog to see what caught her eye.  As for me, my favourites were:

A Trip Aboard the Paddle Steamer Waverley on the River Thames in London by the Smudged Postcard.  Annabel and her family caught the last seagoing paddle steamer in the world from the Tower of London to Gravesend in Kent.  On the way Tower Bridge opened especially for them which is high on the list of things that I would like to do!

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©Smudged Postcard

Transhumance, Autumn and Hill-Top Village by the Lou Messugo blog.  Phoebe showed us stunning pictures of transhumance in action.  Transhumance is the practice of living in the valley in the Winter and then moving up to the mountain pastures in the Spring.  Ever since I read Heidi I have wanted to see the people and animals making the seasonal move but feared that maybe it no longer took place, so I am really pleased to discover that the practice still goes on.

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©Lou Messugo Blog

The Great Polish Map of Scotland by Mums Gone To.  Trish was searching for an interesting place to meet friends and stumbled across what claims to be the largest relief map in the world.  Once upon a time I was involved in the production of Ordnance Survey maps and so confess that all maps interest me but a scale model of Scotland over forty metres wide sounds very special indeed.  Next time I am in the Scottish Borders a visit is a must.

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©Mums Gone To

What have you been up to this month?  Have you visited any museums, galleries, historic places or theatre shows?  Please do link up your posts in the December linky below. We’ll be looking out for images shared on Instagram using #CulturedKids and if you’d like an invitation to pin to the #CulturedKids Pinterest Board let us know (we’ll be pinning any posts with pins there anyway).

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  1. December 1, 2017 / 9:42 am

    I’m so pleased you enjoyed my sheepy post, thanks for highlighting it!

    • Catherine
      December 1, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Love your sheepy post 🐑

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