Postcard from Staffordshire
The view last week from the front of our cottage...
... and the view from the back. Those dots by the trees are the owners'* hens who visited and amused us every day. We stayed in a tiny hamlet called Moneystone (too small for our satnav) in the beautiful Churnet valley. A place with an interesting geology which in ages past was the scene of heavy industry: it was here that the copper wire for the Transatlantic cable was made. You wouldn't know it now, except for the relics of old lime kilns, mines, canal wharves and a heritage steam railway which were dotted around the countryside, now being reclaimed by the local flora for us to explore on our walks and bike rides.
We were based just outside the southern edge of the Peak District with the same gorgeous scenery but without the many visitors the national park attracts. I suspect the majority of them who do come to this part of Staffordshire go to Alton Towers nearby and leave it at that. Lucky us then, because the rest is blissfully quiet and definitely a place to recharge the batteries, unscramble the brain and birdwatch from bed :)
Contrast our daily view with this one from when we went to the local sports centre in Cheadle ;)
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* they were very friendly, welcoming (lovely cakes and coffee - mmm) and had lots of ideas for exploration plus recommendations for good places to eat out.