Through the eyes of a tourist

Do you make the most of your local area, or are there local attractions that you’ve never experienced? Would a visitor be able to inform you of places you weren’t even aware of? Sometimes it’s a great idea to look at your surroundings through the eyes of a tourist.

This morning, Libby was in nursery so I headed up onto the Malvern hills with Lia and Pluto. I have always loved winter mornings in Malvern, I genuinely can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.

Even the view from our decking this morning was pretty enough for me to want to take a photo.

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By the time I got onto the hills, the views were genuinely spectacular. It was cold and crispy and the sun was shining. It got me thinking about all the fabulous things that our local area has to offer, like these beautiful walking routes where we went this morning.

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I remember when I was a child seeing people on the hills and being vaguely aware that they weren’t local but were visiting either for the day or on holiday.

I also distinctly remember confused conversations with friends as to why people would want to visit Worcestershire on holiday. I don’t think it was really until I’d moved away and lived both elsewhere in the UK and abroad that I started to understand.

Malvern was the inspiration for C S Lewis when he wrote the Narnia books and it is easy to see why.

As for local attractions, Edward Elgar was a resident of the area and there is an interesting museum dedicated to his life. There are also numerous National Trust properties, one of which we will be making the most of tomorrow.

We are close to the Cotswolds and their wildlife park, farm park and most importantly, cream teas.

Being so central, we have easy access to pretty much the whole country. It is a short drive to Birmingham to visit the Sea Life Centre, and only an hour to get to Drayton Manor if we fancy a day out at a theme park.

Having two young children, we do have our little routine and it’s easy to forget to go out of our comfort zone and explore the area.

But I’m determined to make an effort, and tomorrow we’re starting as we mean to go on, with a visit to one of our local National Trust properties, Croome Park.

What are the best things about your local area, and do you make the most of them and keep exploring?



  1. linda curtis
    January 23, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    i do try to make the most of them i know i don’t as often as i should , im in central London and with so many fab places to see and things to do i suppose i take them for granted , but every now and then il go for a dy out and do touristy things like visit the south bank go on the London eye go to Buckingham Palace to name a few , luckily now i have grandchildren i tend to be doing it much more 🙂

    • monsterid January 23, 2015 / 11:34 pm

      Oh how lovely Linda, you’re right London is one of those places where you’re never short of things to do. We visited my sister there a few months ago and took the girls to see the poppies at the tower of london, what an amazing thing to see.xx

  2. January 23, 2015 / 11:26 pm

    I live in Poole right on the South coast and we have miles of beautiful beaches just a 10 minute drive away. But I couldn’t tell you the last time I visited the beach!!! Dorset has some amazing things to offer and I definitely intend to explore my local area a bit more this year and take advantage of my national Trust membership!
    Great pics by the way, looks beautiful xx

    • monsterid January 23, 2015 / 11:32 pm

      Thank you Elaine, we are so lucky living here, it’s a beautiful area. I always think we should travel the country more though, and your neck of the woods is definitely somewhere I’d love to spend a bit more time in, I just love the sea. Please visit the beach this weekend on our behalf.xx

  3. January 24, 2015 / 12:19 pm

    As always, what a great post.

    We see a lot of out local area but admittedly because of home school. There is still loads I should and like to see! Don’t get enough time to truly take in the beauty of the area.

    Beautiful and amazing photos!!

    • monsterid January 24, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Martyn. I agree, home schooling must be a great way to make sure you see the local area and enjoy what it has to offer, I hope to home educate ours for a year at some point and travel around Europe.x

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