David Walliams Gangsta Granny Ride

David Walliams Gangsta Granny Ride

2021 sees the long-awaited opening of the Gangsta Granny ride at Alton Towers. This ride is based on the best selling book by David Walliams, he of “I’m a lady!” fame, swimming down the Thames and a bunch of other stuff. Oh, I forgot X Factor. Yeah,...
A Visit to Carsington Water

A Visit to Carsington Water

In keeping with my unhealthy interest in the weather, it struck me today that I wasn’t sure where the term “Indian Summer” came from. I’d always imagined it was something to do with India and the fact the weather improved in September after the...
Drone Footage of The Roaches

Drone Footage of The Roaches

Given that absolutely nothing is happening at The Laurels, in respect of fixing things that is, and that the weather was dry and warmish, we decided to take a trip to The Roaches. This isn’t, as you may suspect, some hideous place where six-legged insects...

Well Dressing

When I was first told about well dressing, I imagined a group of immaculately groomed lovies in suits and frocks. As it turns out, well dressing is pretty much as it sounds – dressing up wells. Just up the road from us is the picture-postcard village of...
Cycling The Manifold Valley

Cycling The Manifold Valley

The beautiful Manifold Valley lies just over 10 minutes from The Laurels. If you’re into geology, it was formed about 325 million years ago by the erosive effects of water on the Carboniferous Limestone plateau, when Britain lay close to the Equator. If you’re not –...
Kingfishers and the Caldon Canal

Kingfishers and the Caldon Canal

This sounds like a bit of a QI question, but did you know Kingfisher feathers are actually brown in colour and not blue? Their vivid colour is actually iridescence, not pigment – the pigment is brown. Interference between different wavelengths of light reflected from...