After two years of house hunting, Richard and I have finally found a house to buy in the UK and will be moving there in 3 days’ time. It’s in Malvern, Worcestershire, on the edge of the Cotswolds, and is everything we’ve been looking for.
The Malvern Hills are about 9 miles (15 km) long from north to south, and are formed from some of the oldest and hardest rock in England. From the top there are views that stretch for miles over the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucesteshire.
In Victorian times, Malvern became famous as a spa resort, and people would travel great distances to take water cures there. The water still flows abundantly from a number of springs in the area, and is valued for containing hardly any minerals at all. It’s very close to pure H20.
Since arriving back in the UK, Richard and I have been travelling to Malvern every few months to fill our drinking water bottles, so we already have a good connection to the area. By pure coincidence, our new house also happens to be just a few minutes from where I lived in Malvern in 1989, the year before my whole life changed and I went to live in Bali for 20 years.
But going back there feels like a completely fresh, new start. I’m a very different person now, and England is a very different place to the one I left. Just the Malvern Hills, which have been preserved as they are through an Act of Parliament passed in 1844, still have the same unique energies, which I’m looking forward to exploring all over again.
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