Roachside Cottage

Part of the living landscape of the Roaches

Peak District National Park - Upper Hulme, Nr Leek ST13 8UB

We've been meaning to replace the old dining table here at Roachside Cottage for ages. The existing one is well past the time when it was sawn up and chopped into kindling sticks for the fireplace. 

For those old enough to remember "Protect and Survive", the Cold War information film about what to do in the event of a nuclear attack, this is THE table we were advised to hide underneath. I'm not sure if it would actually withstand waves of gamma radiation, but it would surely survive the initial blast wave!

After a good number of trawls round any number of places, we came across a charity shop run by and for people escaping alcohol and drug problems. They operate a workshop where they bring old relics in, refurbish them, gaining new skills and acquiring a routine of normal daily work in the process, and send out beautifully re-finished products which would grace many a stylish home. Enough said, we found a lovely little draw-leaf dining table with barley twist legs and four chairs for a very reasonable price and arranged to collect them a day or two later.

Little did we know that our purchase had been leaked to the press (shades of Trump's White House here!) and within minutes of us arriving back at Roachside, the TV News people turned up.........