Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Half term is in full swing in the Cultural Wednesday household.  We have popped down to Kent coast to explore Dungeness and Romney Bay.  Just before we left I visited Knole where photography is now allowed inside the house for the first time. My Wednesday Wishes this week exclude Planets, Letters, the Arctic and a rather disappointing novel.

Polar region of the week

The brief foray that I made into the Arctic Circle left me in awe of both the beauty of landscape and of the people who make the arctic their home.  Arctic: Climate and Culture promises to show the rich cultural history and current climate crisis opens at the British Museum on 22 October until 21 February 2021.

Letters of the Week

Do you remember getting a letter from Boris Johnson right at the beginning of lockdown asking us to Stay home, Protect the NHS and Save lives?  Artist Jonny Banger put out a call for the nations under 16s to customise the letters and send the result to him.  A selection of these Covid letters goes on display at the splendid Foundling Museum this weekend until the middle of January.

Planet of the Week

Well not so much planet as planetarium.  The Royal Observatory Planetarium in Greenwich is reopening.  You can only book by telephone 020 8312 6608 to ensure that audiences are socially distanced.  If you can’t get to Greenwich then you can book a show via Zoom at weekends.  

Book of the Week

Peter Ackroyd has been one of my favourite authors since the mid 80s, so the publication of his first novel for several years was exciting.  Mr Cadmus by Peter Ackroyd started well, we meet seemingly innocent genteel neighbours who turn out to be murderous cousins.  Then Mr Cadmus comes to live the house between them, he too has a hidden past.  Then the vicar disappears.  The stage is set for the mystery to unravel, except it doesn’t.  I was left wondering if I had accidentally not read a vital seven or eight chapters.  You might love it but I was very disappointed.

If you click on the link and buy a book from Waterstones I will receive a small amount of money.  Thank you to Canongate and NetGalley for a review copy.

For more summer reading inspiration check out my Summer Reads post.

Where will you wander this week?



  1. April 1, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    Kettle’s Yard is my fav museum of all time. x

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Love it too, haven’t been since its revamp that was scheduled for Easter but will have to wait

  2. April 1, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    Ooh, weekly suggestions! Every cloud… and love that the V&A are (virtually) spoiling their members still

    • Catherine
      April 1, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      It was a lovely surprise on Monday

  3. April 15, 2020 / 4:24 pm

    You’re too kind, thanks Catherine. And as always, you manage to highlight new and exciting things to see which I didn’t know about. I’ve never managed to make it to Wagner’s Ring Cycle, so thanks for the Opera North tip.

    • Catherine
      April 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      Hopefully the seats should be comfier

  4. May 20, 2020 / 9:12 am

    Giverny is a dream! It was the inspiration for many a decorated room.

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:14 am

      I really do need to visit

  5. Jane Ayres
    May 20, 2020 / 1:24 pm

    Great blog as always. So much good info.
    We visited Monet’s beautiful home. The gardens are stunning and the house had a wonderful feeling of peace…at least it did before the guide blue his whistle at us when Ed,aged 12, touched a sofa😩😩

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 1:25 pm

      I can see that an officious whistle would destroy the peace

  6. May 20, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    So many of the things I love in this post. The Garden museum is such London Gem, the Dutch House is a fabulous read, and who doesn’t love Kew. We should have been going to Giverny in June. I’ve wanted to go for so long, this is one of the cancellations I’m saddest about

    • Catherine
      May 20, 2020 / 9:25 pm

      Hopefully next year xx

  7. May 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    I went to the Chelsea Flower Show when I lived in London and had such a great time! It’s a gorgeous show, and I’m in awe of your dad visiting or judging every year bar two.

    • Catherine
      May 23, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      He was a Plantsman to his fingertips

  8. Lena Hartl
    June 9, 2020 / 9:45 am

    Oh I hear you about Epsom! My husband is born on Derby day and we always got as a couple to the Oaks and then on the Saturday we get tickets for the Hill enclosure and meet up with family, friends and their kinds to enjoy a picnic. It’s the one thing I really really missed during lockdown…

    • Catherine
      June 9, 2020 / 10:08 am

      They will run it later behind closed doors but it is the picnics and gathering of people that make it special.

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