Our official address is Marshes Hill, Brown Edge. Marshes Hill, a local nature reserve is a site of biological interest. It is the only remaining part of the old healthland that was once common in the area before agriculture and cultivation. It is also a good vantage point for enjoying the panoramic views.

 A local nature reserve of natural heathland.

Despite boundary problems there are more than enough benefits to compensate for the occassional hassles and frustrations. We have plenty of space and the pleasant Greenway Bank Country Park almost on our doorstep. The paths around Knypersley reservoir (which provides water for the Trent and Mersey Canal) and the Serpentine pool provide ideal place for a pleasant walk or a short jog. Ideal for a stroll before or after Sunday lunch this is a very popular place for local people.

Children with grandparents look for the source of the River Trent, feed the birds of hide from the wolves they imagine lurking among the trees.



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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.

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