Hannah's Flat Stanley shows where Charlotte, NC and Malvern, England are.
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Stanley arrived safely on Tuesday 31st January 2006.
John and Bron welcome Stanley to their home in Malvern, England.
It’s cold here so our “Shaun the sheep” clan gave him a warm welcome.
Stanley is going up-hill to “Downtown”.
(The Hill at the back is 1400’ high)
This is Malvern’s Priory Church. It dates from 1085AD and was once part of a Priory.
The church is very big for a town the size of Malvern and has colorful stained glass windows.
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England’s best known composer Edward Elgar walked a lot on the Malvern Hills composing his music.
“Pomp and Circumstance” and the “Enigma Variations are his most famous.
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It’s band practice night and Stanley’s ready to go.
We're off to rehearse with the Tewkesbury Town band.
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“Give us a tune on the trombone Stanley!”.
Stanley gets his breath back by resting in the bell of a Euphonium.
I’m standing on John’s music stand. Can you see the
enormous tubas? They go ”Umpah Umpah”.
These are John’s friends playing their trombones. I like the trombone nearly as much as John does.
They saved the best until last - They let me conduct the whole band.
cornets, horns, euphoniums, trombones, tubas and the drums!
This cottage has a straw roof (called a “thatched roof”) and has been lived in for more than 400 years!
Hanley Swan village has a traditional duck pond and village green.
Can you see the village store and post office?
John’s hobby is model airplanes. I love the sound of the engines!
The ‘planes are radio controlled and fly just like the real thing.
John also look's after the club's website.
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Bron’s hobby is quilting. She took me to a quilter’s workshop where I met 10 year old Alice who has already won several prizes for her quilting. I think she likes me because she gave me a big hug!
Malvern is famous for its Spring Water.
Our Queen uses it all the time to make her tea! This is the bottling plant.
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You don’t have to buy Malvern water from Schweppes. You can fill your own bottles free from this spring.
Malvern water is famous for tasting of “nothing at all”.
The grass verge next to our housing estate is called “Common Land” and local people have the right to let their sheep graze there.
Stanley was very lucky to meet these sheep, they do not often use “our” common.
John’s got a motorbike! It’s a “Honda Deauville”. The engine is a water-cooled 650cc V-twin.
Do you like my helmet? Bron made it for me.
We’re on our way to the Worcestershire Beacon. It’s 1394 feet above sea level.
You can see Malvern below, and Worcester is away in the distance where it's cloudy.
Looking North with our destination at the top, right.
John & I are on top of the World!
It’s a lovely sunny day, and quite warm up here.
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I’ve just met a girl called “Rose”. I think she likes me!
I’d love to have an English girlfriend.
Ledbury is Malvern’s neighbor on the west side of the Hills.
This is the old Market Hall where they sold wool fleeces from the 12th Century.
Of course Ledbury has it's own web site.
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Church Lane, Ledbury, is very old and is virtually unchanged since Tudor times.
The road is paved with cobblestones, and has often appeared in movies and TV custume dramas.
John & Bron live quite near Wales, so we went there one day looking for dragons and castles.
The Red dragon is a symbol for Wales.
Wales is a separate country from England and their language is Welsh.
This is Raglan Castle, built in the 15th century to guard the border between England and Wales.
Today visitors can clamber over the ruins.
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Malvern likes to retain its Victorian heritage.
It still has a number of gas lamps, unchanged from 150 years ago.
Hannah’s mom met John & Bron in Malvern a long time ago through the E.I.L.
This is the headquarters of the UK branch and is in Malvern.
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Bron went to the library to borrow the book of Flat Stanley Lambchop’s original adventures.
My adventure in England is almost over
and I’m checking out this Victorian post-box to see if it will take me home.