Our Staycation at Blue-Ginger Gallery : Part 2 of 3


This post is a continuous story from Our Staycation at Blue-Ginger Gallery : Part 1 of 3. If you’d like to have a little read please feel free to do so as Part 2 will make much more sense to you.


Day 2

After a restful night, with the most comfortable bed on earth and a heater blanket to keep us warm throughout the night, it was just too comfortable to get up and go, but we did promise the kids that we’d go and feed the pigs and give them a little show this morning. There after we’ll  go to Birmingham to visit my O.H. family for the day.


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery


Breakfast started with Sue being busy bee trying to get things ready for the opening of Blue-Ginger, and Ethan was a serious chatterbox at the time, (still is. lol!). She gave E&E a colouring task to do over at breakfast which kept them nice and quiet. I need to do this at my house too – what a great idea!

After breakfast, we headed to the field outside and E&E gave the pigs a morning wash. It was very rather entertaining. Evelyn was afraid at first, so she let Ethan wash the pigs first. Then she took a turn after. Bless her. E&E loves giving them their breakfast too.


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery


A Walk on the Great Malvern Hills

Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery


My O.H. has a big family – like loads! We didn’t managed to see everyone. On the way back to Blue-Ginger, one of his relative called my O.H. and said that they wanted to come and meet us at Blue-Ginger later on in the evening. And at the same time, Sue invited us to go on an impromptu walk on the Great Malvern Hills. This sound like a plan.

I remembered going for a walk upon these hills regularly. I love it there. The scenery is quite quintessential picturesque. The fresh air, the purified spring water that we can collect for free at the end of our walks. Even the Queen herself drinks Malvern water too! There has been a saying if you drink Malvern water – you can live as long as a hundred years or even longer!

There used to be a cafe at the top of the hill once, but it got burnt down one mysterious night. Nobody knows what happened to it. It was such a shame, as we now have no little treats once we reached to the top as a reward.


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery


This bring me to my next point, I used to go to an All-Girls Boarding School called St.James’ & the Abbey, which is on the West side of Great Malvern. It is a massive school, with its own swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic pitches, hockey pitches, theatre and so on. But as time has moved, St.James’ (in short) has joined up with other schools within Great Malvern. Then it was finally bought by a convent, which has now included a cafe, called Sugarloaf Cafe“. I guess you can reward yourselves after your long walk on the hills after all.

We parked our cars next to my old school and walk to the top and back down again. It was a sunny but breezy day – well, actually it was a very windy day. At one point we thought the wind might blown Evelyn away! lol!


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery
Our Stay at BlueOur Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery-Ginger Gallery


Up there, you can really breath in a pack full of fresh air without the worry of pollution smog. I love it here. So does my kids. Even though, their noses were streaming down with snots, they were happily running around freely. I love watching my kids running down the hills without a care in the world and without fearing of falling over. It’s that magical innocent of childhood. Ethan entertained himself with dinosaur fossils hunting on the our trail – not that there’re any. lol! It was a good fresh air walk that we needed.


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery

On the way back, we also saw a kite or was it an eagle? I’m not very good at these things.


Our Evening

Anyhow, after our much pleasant walk, we all head back to Sue’s house full of hunger. We bought some Chinese takeaway earlier and what’s left to do was just to get the rice on the rice cooker, which Sue prep for us before we left for our walk. I also bought some giant mushrooms at the local shop and did an oyster stir fried with leeks. It was easy cooking. I must remember to do that recipe soon. What’s more importantly – everyone enjoyed my dish! Hooray!


We had such most delightful evening; we talked and we drank by the 1456 House wood fire burner. It was so cosy and warm. The dog was so chill and the kids were (mostly) nicely behaved. My O.H.’s relative got on so well with Sue. I was so pleased. It’s like introducing my in-law family to mine. It’s funny but they really have made me feel so welcome and accepted by both families. I could have kick myself for not taking a photo on that evening, but actually sometimes, something are far more precious in memory form.


Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery

This is the living room I was going on about. See how cosy it is. This photo was taken a day earlier. See Our Staycation at Blue-Ginger Gallery : Part 1 of 3.


So there you have it, our Part 2.

Read on here for Part 3!

Su x


*This is not a sponsored post. As we are a very old and good friend of Sue. She has kindly invited us to stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery as family guests.


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Our Stay at Blue-Ginger Gallery


Useful Information


Address: Blue-Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, Malvern WR13 5NW

Contact: t: 01886 880240 ; e: sue@blue-ginger.com

Entrance fee: FREE

Website: http://www.blue-ginger.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluegingergallery


Nearby attractions: Malvern HillsSugarloaf Cafe, Great Malvern PrioryMorgan Motor CompanyMalvern TheatresGreat Malvern StationPriory ParkMuseum of Local HistoryEastnor Castle – just to name a few.


This post is linked with:  #TotsTravel







Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. 12/01/2018 / 7:49 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous place to stay. I’m totally lusting over your getting out for a beautiful walk because our weather took a turn for the worse today. 🙁 I’m ready for spring!

    • 13/01/2018 / 9:42 am

      It really is so nice! And the walk is just one of the best! I’m longing for spring too. 🙂 x

  2. 12/01/2018 / 7:54 pm

    Wow! What a great place! Washing the piggies looks like it was a lot of fun. I love the view from the top of the mountain. Being in the country is so peaceful.

    • 13/01/2018 / 9:43 am

      The pigs were soo cute! The view up there is something really amazing. x

  3. 12/01/2018 / 8:30 pm

    Wow, the cottage is gorgeous and it looks like you certainly packed a lot in! I’ve not been walking in the Malvern Hills but we live quite close so I should venture across. Pooping across from #TheListLinky 🙂

    • 13/01/2018 / 9:44 am

      It really is such a gorgeous place. Oh you must! Malvern Hills is a must if you live so near. 🙂 xx

  4. 12/01/2018 / 11:15 pm

    Wow! That view is amazing! I bet the kids love washing the pigs; I know my boys would think that was a hoot. #FabFridayPosts

    • 13/01/2018 / 9:46 am

      Yes, I can keep on walking that hill all day, but my O.H. is a little lazy. lol! The pigs loves their shower. They were so cute! I bet your boys would love this task too! 🙂 xx

  5. 13/01/2018 / 7:17 pm

    What a perfect looking day for going up the Malverns. I remember walking there myself at about Evelyn’s age. It hurt my legs climbing up but the view was amazing. It looks every bit as beautiful, in fact more so now looking at your photos with an adults eye. What a great way to spend a day with your friends and very special for you to be so close to where you went to school.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • 23/01/2018 / 9:09 pm

      Oh Wow! What a co-incidence?! Do you have family near here? I’d love to know more about your adventure on the Malvern Hills. Thank you for hosting. x

  6. 13/01/2018 / 9:18 pm

    That fireside looked so inviting! I grew up near the malvern hills so I know what a stunning area it is! #thelistlinky

    • 23/01/2018 / 9:16 pm

      Oh Wow! What a coincidence?! Which school did you go to? Might have just meet you when we were young. lol! 🙂 x

  7. 14/01/2018 / 8:49 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun and it’s such a beautiful part of the country! It’s great to discover and rediscover what’s around you. #fabfridaypost

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:10 pm

      Oh I feel the same. Even though I have been there before, there are so many things to see still! 🙂 x

  8. 14/01/2018 / 11:48 pm

    Everything looks so relaxing 🙂 this just proves that there is no need to visit the big hectiv cities for holiday…

  9. 15/01/2018 / 6:41 am

    Nice and peaceful place. This is kind of place, where I would like to go when I need rest (normally my trips are quite intence)

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:15 pm

      Oh! You’ll need this in your life! Do go and visit if you can. 🙂

  10. 15/01/2018 / 12:47 pm

    The Malvern Hills look so stunning Su – what a beautiful place. Sarah #fabfridaypost

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:19 pm

      It is really lovely here. I think you, hubby and the kids would love it here too. 🙂 x

  11. 15/01/2018 / 11:10 pm

    What a beautiful place to stay! Lucky you know them so well and can pop up there for a little vacation

  12. 16/01/2018 / 2:47 pm

    What a beautiful place to stay. The scenery is stunning!


  13. 18/01/2018 / 8:19 pm

    What beautiful weather for you! Blue skies, all be it breezy and cold. Looks like a fab place and gettIng to see al the family is just fab! #countrykids

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:36 pm

      It was such great fun! Cold but great fun! We love to go back again soon. 🙂

  14. 19/01/2018 / 11:05 am

    What a beautiful place to stay and a lovely walk. #TotsTravel.

    • 23/01/2018 / 10:44 pm

      It is such a lovely walks on the Malvern Hills. We can’t wait to go back again.

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