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

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Genealogy

15 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.  

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Then and now

Tracing the  history of the house from early 1800s to the present day using historical documents and idenitying people who lived here before us

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Maps for local walks

Selection of our walking routes on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands. All accessible from convenient public car parks 

 

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Only the beginning of August and summer already seems to have lasted for ever. Of course when I was working I was indoors all day in an air conditioned office and almost oblivious to the world outside, so maybe it isn't so different from other years apart from it's hotter with less rain. I've heard frequent mention of 1976. I remember that summer, between my 1st and 2nd years at university. The good old days. Little did I know then that I only had one more summer of freedom before the world of work would keep me indoors for the best part of every day for the next forty years. In Winter it was dark when I arrived and dark when I left the office. Retirement has reconnected me with plenty of fresh air and more manual work. I feel better but as I said last time it is hard work.

The rewards are different from work. I enjoyed my work and it was intellectually stimulating. I met a great many interesting people from around the world and I felt connected to the international community. I knew someone on every continent, apart from Antarctica. But I was never sure what my final job did to contribute to the overall welfare of the platet or its inhabitants - apart from those to whom, like me it paid a decent salary.

For the few years I worked for an agricultural company (cattle breeding, animal health and farm consultancy services) I did feel attached to reality. I could see how we helped farmers feed the population. No doubt my now vegan daughters would see it differently. Times have changed and everyone is much more aware of climate change and polution, and the role of agri businesses in both. But people do have to eat. Working in agriculture was more fulfilling than working in the finance sector. Over time and taking into account inflation and the hours worked there wasn't much difference in the pay.

Working for a finance company I had to keep telling myself that people needed money to start their business, to expand their business, to buy their homes. But I wasn't convinced we needed big finance to provide it, and after the credit crunch of 2007/8 the whole sector was tainted and in the run up to the Brexit vote and the warning that banks would move out of the UK I got tired of people telling me it was my turn to suffer now. As though everyone who worked in the finance sector was a banker on a big bonus.  

But now I can spend my time doing more or less what I want, although to be a member of any society requires commitments and obligations so it isn't a complete free for all. I've been enjoying the garden and the satisfaction of renovating it and the success of growing my first crop of vegetables for many years. But gardening also requires commitment and during the draught period it has demanded daily watering.

I'm planning to add more to the Weeds and Seeds section of the site to show the progress of the garden, but the outdoors life style hasn't left much time.

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