Words and images © John Rees - January 30th, 2017.
Malvern is a small spa town in the English county of Worcestershire. It's known for a few things;
* The birthplace of English composer Edward Elgar;
* A regular haunt and inspiration for authors C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkein (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion;
* An impressive 11th contrary Benedictine Priory;
* Malvern Water from the many natural springs in the area;
* The quirky Morgan Car Company;
* Home of many independent schools such as Malvern St. James and Malvern College;
* The Hills which stretch for 8miles from North to South above the town of Great Malvern;
* It's also the place where Radar was discovered.
Malvern is also my home and every day I'm lucky enough to walk on the hills. I do this whatever the weather and thought that it would be a good idea to share some images from those walks during 2017.
Spring is a time of promise. Better weather, things growing and better conditions to walk. But it's not always like that. At the top of Worcestershire Beacon (425 metres / 1,394 ft) it can be windy and cold or 'bracing' as we sometimes describe it!
One month often makes a big difference in the weather. And in 2017 we had a gorgeous May with warm sunshine and benign conditions.
Summer is now in full swing and it's warm and sometimes hot. The gentle breeze that swirls around the hills is far removed from the almost arctic conditions that Winter can bring.
Winter can be harsh but not for long. On December 10th and 11th there was a fairly big dump of snow. Malvern really was transformed into Narnia, which is why Lewis and Tolkein were so taken with the place. The photo of the gas lamp (yep, we still have gas!) in the snow, looks just like a scene from Narnia.