Welcome to the Sticks

The Sticks in snowThis is our family website which we first developed for providing news to friends and family when the kids were young. Now that we have been overtaken by social media we have refocused onto areas we think may be of more general interest.

If there is a theme to this site it is the connection between people and places over time; from the families who lived in our house before us to the gardeners who planted the trees we admire on our walks; from the current generation born here to to their ancestors from far and wide.  

We have given up writing our own templates and content management and adopted Joomla and we think the menu system should be self explanitory but please let us know if you find any broken or orphaned links or find yourself going round in circles.

fungi mediumOut and About

Staffordhsire Moorlands is a great place for running and walking. In this section you will find a selection of some of our walking routes which are all accessible from convenient public car parks, local information and a collection of blogs based on our conversations while out walking, Walk and Talk Blogs.


LGF1972webThen and now

When we moved into Ladymoor Gate Farm the estate agent told us it was probably built about 1820. At first we didn't think about the people who may have lived here before us but as we found out more about the house - where extensions had been built and entrances moved, fittings like the enamelled cooking range and small things we found left behind like an old flat iron and small bottles or broken crockery in the garden, we began to wonder about the history of the house and what it might have seen. In this section we dig into the story of Ladymoor gate from 1800 through to the present day by way of the occupants and the property transactions. Interesting historical documents show how the land holding changed over the years until it is the small holding of today.

Alice and daughtersGenealogy

We have been researching our family trees for over 15 years and here you can see the results. You can search our webtrees database (with over 800 surnames and nearly 5000 individuals) and check our collection of birth, marriage and death certificates. If you find any of your ancestors or connection to us we would love to hear from you.

Our Family Tree Databases

Search our BMD certificates

One thousand years of family history 



Transcription of travel diaries, including India and Nepal 1981 and South Africa 2014 together with photographs


An Indian Journey (August-September 1981) - popular with many of my Indian colleagues who were just toddlers or not even born when I made my trip.

South Africa 2014

Syria and Jordan 1993

South America 2000


Andy Chestnut treeRooted to the Spot

Magazine style section with articles inspired by Brexit. To say I am not a fan of Brexit is putting it far too mildly, but I am taking some Brexiters at their word and trying to draw comfort from the tribal homeland and look optimistically for the things that "can make us great again" or where we can "take back control". 

Connecting with nature and contemplating my family's history in the area is helping, but then again I enjoyed those things before, and while now they provide solace from the bereavement like affect of Brexit they are not improved by it. I hadn't actually lost them.

Expanding on the theme of Out and About, adding in the liberation of retirement (my personal Work Exit), a move which will definitely leave me with less money, and chronicling my attempts to develop new income streams provides a (loose) parallel to the current challenges of the country. So far I think I have made more tangible progress than HMG, but I seriously hope they get their act together soon and leave the messing about to me.

Knypersley WalkWalk and Talk Blogs

The Worker used to be a keen runner, but like the Old Dog, has had to slow down due to creaky joints. The Webmaster loves his two dogs and every morning takes them for a walk round Marshes Hill. When she is on holiday from work, the Worker accompanies him, and then the walks may be longer. Sometimes the Students goes too. Of course it depends on the weather.

Besides the morning walk with the dogs the Webmaster and the Worker also take an evening stroll. The length of which depends on when the Worker gets back from the office, the time of year and the weather. In their otherwise busy schedules it is a time for chatting and putting the world to rights. Where better to do it than in the beautiful local countryside

The Worker has used these walks as a theme for a collection of Walk and Talk Blogs