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  • Imagine a different life
    Imagine a different life
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    18 July 2020
    It is hard to imagine yourself in someone else's shoes, but try to imagine you had been displaced by war, were living in a camp and now faced...
  • Fighting for equal rights
    Fighting for equal rights
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    15 July 2020
    In August 2017 we had the privilege to meet the veteran civil rights campaigner Annie Pearl Avery at her museum in Selma, Alabama.
  • The Creole Nature Trail
    The Creole Nature Trail
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    06 July 2020
    Some what jet lagged and out of season we look for wild life around the Creole trail on our scenic route from Houston to New Orleans.
  • Mrs Cat
    Mrs Cat
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    23 June 2020
    Introducing Mrs Cat, twin of Mr Cat but less likely to be found sleeping on beds or rubbing noses with the dog.

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Travel Diaries

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Transcription of travel diaries made during the last 36 years starting with India and Nepal 1981 and including USA 1983, Syria 1993, South America 2000 and South Africa 2014 together with photographs. This is a work in progress as the diaries are transcribed, so check for updates.

History of Ladymoor Gate

LGF1972webTracing the  history of the house from early 1800s to the present day using historical documents and idenitying people who lived here before us

 

Maps for local Walks

phoca thumb l IMG 0036Selection of our walking routes on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands. All accessible from convenient public car parks 

Genealogy

William Deakin restored
20 years of family history research available in our webtrees database (over 800 surnames and nearly 5000 individuals) plus a collection of birth, marriage and death certificates.  

The Good Life

Seeds & Weeds

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We weren't gardeners, we don't even listen to Gardeners' Question Time very often, but we have a large garden with plenty of potential and since retirement at the end of 2017 we have become amateur gardners. We favour the wild, natural look and like the birds, butterflies, frogs and other small animals but we want it to be looked after and we have recently revived and extended our vegetable patch. Ths Seeds and Weeds section is dedicated to reluctant gardeners in constant fight against the weeds - solidarity among the nettled and scratched - the caterpillars, slugs, snails and multitudes of insects, and those with the romantic idea of growing most of their own food.

From the plots

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Route to the Soul

Route to the Soul orig 

Began as a romantic mixture of emotion and practical tips from two young students discovering themselves and life as they recounted their adventures away from home. Now the blog is maintained by the Student who studies and works part time on-line while she and her boyfriend continue their travels to explore the world. Her blog focuses on healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and politics affecting the state of the planet & the lives of its inhabitants.

Rooted to the Spot

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Magazine style section with articles about life at the Sticks on a theme inspired by Brexit

DizzyMissLizzie

Dizzy Miss Lizzy

General, occassional blogs about the small (or sometimes major) incidents happening, usually outside the safe zone of the Sticks, that left an impression. Often but not always political. Uses Beatles song titles to set the themes.

I used to think when I'm sixty-four the world would be a better place, now I'm not so sure.

Don't Let Me Down! Altogether Now. 

 

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