The Roaches is the name given to a dramatic, rocky outcrop that rises above Tittesworth Reservoir in the north of the Staffordshire Peak District. I arrived yesterday with full intentions of getting some great walking under my belt. Unfortunately I’ll have to hold that thought for another weekend, having come down with a nasty cold virus. Sadly, it’s taken a firm hold, and I’ve had to look for lighter pursuits to occupy my time.
Instead, I spent the morning in the market town of Leek, which surprised me with its unusual architecture, unique speciality shops, antiques centres, and a busy market.
I called into the local Costa, and sat a while, sipping my cappuccino, people watching. Hard as I try, I can’t help it. Sometimes, I’ll see or hear something, be it the way someone has their hair, how they hold a cup, their accent, or an unusual tattoo maybe. Whatever, it's stuff which I could pass onto a character. Out came the notebook, and who knows, there could be something there for later. It's recorded now.
Afterwards, I popped along to the chemist and stocked up on various drugs to ease my cold symptoms, and headed for the Roaches in the car. It wasn’t the same, but I did get out and have a very short walk. The views were fabulous, even if the weather was a little grey today.
Afterwards, it was into The Roaches Tea Rooms for a very nice cream tea. So although the day hasn’t gone as I expected, I’ve spent the time relaxing and taking it easy. I’m calling it head space. It’s important to step back from the writing and do something else now and again. Don’t you agree?