A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 1 May 2014
Day Out - Part 1: Leek and The Roaches
It was E's birthday earlier this week and ever since the children were little we've gone out for the day to a place of their choosing and now it's grown into a family "tradition". Last year she wanted to visit York and this year it was Leek, a small market town in Staffordshire.
Leek was granted a market charter in 1207 during the reign of King John. It really wasn't worth taking a photo of the market place as it was being used as a car park but here is the medieval Market Cross.
Whilst everyone else was having an icecream I discovered these interesting wooden carvings on wooden posts.
Royal Mail painted more than 100 of its iconic red postboxes gold to celebrate every Team GB and Paralympic Gold Medal won during the Olympics in 2012. This one was the first we'd seen!
The Roebuck Hotel dates back to 1626.
I rather suspect this beautiful little arcade (called Getliffe's) full of small shops selling "vintage" type items was the reason why E chose to come to Leek!
The Nicholson War Memorial - apparently the largest in the country. It was given to the town by Sir Arthur Nicholson and his wife in memory of his son Basil who was killed in action in the Great War.
After the visit to the Arcade E decided she had had enough of shopping (much to D's relief - he was bored!!) and she mentioned we could visit a place called the Roaches, on the edge of the Peak District a few miles distant, which apparently gave great views over the countryside.
You could walk for miles over this area - tors and rock faces (or edges), used for climbing, cover the area.
The rock in this area is Millstone Grit (a coarse sandstone) laid down over 300 million years ago in a river delta. This was eventually covered by limestone,muds and coal. The layers of sand under chemical changes and pressure finally formed the rock known as Millstone Grit. Eventually this area of land was pushed out of the sea and the process of erosion began.
The tors have been shaped by wind erosion.
You can just make out Tittesworth Reservoir in the distance - not the best of photos - it was quite hazy and I had to take this photo "into the sun".
We'd made quite an early start and it was still only early afternoon. I'd mentioned on the journey that Biddulph Grange Gardens were not far from Leek so that was our next point of call. I'll write about these fantastic gardens in another post as there are already too many photos yet again!!!
When I was at Sarehole Mill recently I noticed millstones there made from Millstone Grit. You may remember the Mill is now producing flour again and I brought home a small bag to try. B's had a few days holiday to coincide with E's birthday and yesterday he used the flour to make this Wholemeal Loaf, which was absolutely delicious. I'll definitely be getting more flour samples when I'm next over that way!! Very impressed with the recipe too - one of Paul Hollywood's.
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