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.
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.
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.
A Walk on the Great Malvern Hills
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.
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!
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.
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.
So there you have it, our Part 2.
Read on here for Part 3!
*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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Address: Blue-Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, Malvern WR13 5NW
Contact: t: 01886 880240 ; e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance fee: FREE
Nearby attractions: Malvern Hills, Sugarloaf Cafe, Great Malvern Priory, Morgan Motor Company, Malvern Theatres, Great Malvern Station, Priory Park, Museum of Local History, Eastnor Castle – just to name a few.
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