We are a retired couple living in the rural Malvern Hills area of Worcestershire in England. Our hobbies include amateur photography, walking, gardening, DIY, family history research, local and social history, browsing the Internet, web site design, church, and WI. We also enjoy attending U3A meetings which are a great opportunity to meet other people and learn new things.
Our website is designed to work with desktop PCs, connected to the Internet by a broadband connection of 1 Mb/s or higher. It also seems to work with laptops and Ipads, but it is not intended for use with mobile devices having small displays, such as intelligent phones.
The website was initially set up just as a means of learning and experimenting with simple HTML code, using the Microsoft Frontpage 2000 editor and Windows XP. When we moved to Windows 7, we were still able to use Frontpage 2000, but the spell checker no longer worked. We have recently 'upgraded' by downloading the free version of Microsoft Expression Web 4 which is functionally very similar to Frontpage.
Initially we relied heavily on tables for layout of the pages, but from that we have graduated to using a cascading style sheet to control much of the formatting making the construction of the web pages simpler.
The navigation bar is a simple HTML list, but relies on the cascading style sheet to display the buttons in a row as block level elements.
To cope with different screen sizes we have chosen to use fixed width pages, compatible with a smallest screen resolution of 800 X 600 px. If necessary adjust the zoom on your browser to make the text easier to read.
When we started, most users in the UK had slow dial up Internet connections, so we kept images to a minimum, but now that most people in the UK are on Broadband we have opted to add a lot more pictures. Our first pages were about visiting the Malvern Hills. As time has gone on, and as a result of our interests, you will see that we have added to the pages in a piecemeal fashion. For example see family history and local history menus. Also included are a few miscellaneous topics such as 'Safety in the Home' and how to convert between imperial and metric units.
Many of these pages such as those about the shops in Barnards Green, are snapshots reflecting the situation as it was on a particular day. Shops open and close and businesses change hands frequently and it is not possible for us always to keep up to date. However do please tell us if information needs updating and we will do our best to put matters right.
We share the historical stories we have pieced together not only with a view to helping others researching local, social, and family history, but also in order to invite feedback from anyone who would like to offer either corrections or additional material.
Any opinions voiced are our own.
We hope you find something to interest you!
Last updated 25th September 2015