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  • Winter garden biding its time
    Winter garden biding its time
    16 December 2020
    As Winter tightens its grip and the days grow shorter, the pace in the garden slows, but there is still plenty to do
  • Can we can or did we bottle it?
    Can we can or did we bottle it?
    25 November 2020
    A first attempt to bottle summer surpluses to cheer up a depressing winter & "survive Brexit".
  • Palmyra at sunset
    Palmyra at sunset
    04 September 2020
    After a morning in Bosra, lunch in Damascus we arrive at the desert city of Palmyra just as the sun is going down. Wow!
  • Highs and lows in a reliably unreliable summer
    Highs and lows in a reliably unreliable summer
    02 September 2020
    As summer begins to fade into autumn a look back at the successes and failures in the vegetable garden at The Sticks

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Travel Diaries


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LGF1972webTracing the  history of the house from early 1800s to the present day using historical documents and idenitying people who lived here before us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


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

From the Diary

Other stuff

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


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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