England

England

As I’ve mentioned before, my mother’s mother was English. She homesteaded in Canada in the early 1900s and in later years raised my mother, the youngest of five children, in Southern California. She enjoyed her garden, her roses, and her afternoon tea. She had sterling silver flatware and beautiful linens. She collected teacups. She loved ‘keeping house’ and it showed. Even the wallpaper in the guest bedroom was covered in pink roses. She was a wonderful influence in my life and may have been one of the reasons in the first part of my writing life I published Regency romances with Kensington Publishing. Whatever the various reasons for my story-creating path, it’s wonderful to arrive here today to do a blog on England.

Here is a fabulous 2-minute video featuring Gordon Ramsay’s ‘shepherd’s pie’. Yum. Here is Rick Steves’s 25-minute video about England’s West Country. Note: Rick Steves is wonderful and has many videos featuring different parts of England. Do a search on You-Tube and enjoy! Finally, here’s a very fussy, yet entertaining and informative 2-minute video on the proper etiquette for enjoying a cream tea.  

FunFacts about England: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. The Irish Sea lies northwest of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight. (Source)
  • Human presence in England has been dated from 780,000 years ago.
  • The Beaker Culture was present in 2500 BC, which includes the Neolithic monuments of Stonehenge and Avesbury.
  • The Romans invaded England in 43AD.
  • The Angles, a Germanic tribe and from which ‘England’ derives its name, settled here in the 5th and 6th centuries.
  • Since the 15th century, England has had significant cultural and legal impact on the world.
  • English law as well as the English parliamentary system of government has been adopted around the world. Common law, which comes from English law, is part of the American legal system and the legal systems of the Commonwealth nations.
  • England was the first industrialized nation in the world. The industrial revolution began in England in the 1700s.
  • The capital of England is London.
  • The terrain of England is primarily plains and low hills, though there are upland and mountainous regions in the north and the west.
  • England’s population is 55 million which makes up 84% of the entire United Kingdom.
  • England is currently divided into 48 ceremonial counties.
  • England has a temperate maritime climate.
  • With one of the largest economies in the world, England has a mixed-market economy.
  • England is a world leader in chemicals, pharmaceuticals and technology.
  • The Railways in England are the oldest in the world and were introduced in 1825.
  • England has universal health care administered by the National Health Service.
  • The common folklore of England includes pixies, giants, elves, bogeymen, trolls, goblins and dwarves.
  • Here are some examples of English cuisine, quote: Traditional examples of English food include the Sunday roast, featuring a roasted joint (usually beef, lamb, chicken or pork) served with assorted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Other prominent meals include fish and chips and the full English breakfast (generally consisting of bacon, sausages, grilled tomatoes, fried bread, black pudding, baked beans, mushrooms and eggs). Various meat pies are consumed, such as steak and kidney pie, steak and ale pie, cottage pie, pork pie (usually eaten cold) and the Cornish pasty… Sweet pastries include scones (either plain or containing dried fruit) served with jam or cream, dried fruit loaves, Eccles cakes and mince pies as well as a wide range of sweet or spiced biscuits. (Source)
  • Favorite English beverages include tea, coffee, beer, wine, cider, and brown ale.

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