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A Busy Month of Remembrance– September News from no.fifty6

Posted on 30th September 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

A Busy Month of Remembrance– September News from no.fifty6 September – Mourn, corn, and sigh, rye. Men garner you, but youth's head lies forlorn. Sigh, rye, and mourn, corn... (Wilfred Owen)
The month has ended how it began with beautiful early autumn days of blue skies and sunshine, while there is a decided chill in the Somme air in the morning. We have had a busy month – there is always something going on here, but it is our guests and their intriguing and poignant personal stories they bring as they explore The Somme that make this place so special..

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The Final 100 Days of the Centenary – August News from no.fifty6

Posted on 31st August 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

The Final 100 Days of the Centenary – August News from no.fifty6 Another busy and varied month here. The weather in August started with the continued scorching dry spell but the second half saw more seasonal norms and finally some rain in the last week. The light for photography capturing this landscape has been beautiful with great sunsets, and the fields around us are nearly all harvested and being made ready for late summer reseeding. Just the tall maize and ubiquitous sugarbeet (betterave) remain in the fields. .
From a historical perspective, August 8th marked the start of the Battle of Amiens and the 100 Days Offensive Centenary - then the Battle of Albert and the final actions of the War which led to the Germans being pushed back and leading to the November Armistice. Our guests have continued to bring their personal stories of family members who sacrificed all in these last months of the War.

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Phew What a Scorcher - July News from No.fifty6

Posted on 31st July 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Phew What a Scorcher - July News from No.fifty6 It has been quite a month. Dominated by the scorching weather, with record temperatures and a prolonged dry spell. While we, the crops and our guests wilted on several occasions in the heat there has been much to celebrate and be thankful for. A World Cup win for France, Bastille Day, July 1st and Australian commemorations, the Son and Lumiere Spectacular, unexpected kindnesses and of course our wonderful guests bringing their personal stories as they explore The Somme.

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Flaming June - News from No.fifty6

Posted on 30th June 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Flaming June  -  News from No.fifty6 Flaming June…which incidentally is the title of a painting by Sir Frederic Leighton which we have on our walls…It has been a month of warm temperatures, blue skies, breezes and the early promises of a good summer. Perfect for exploring. The farmers look worried about the current lack of rain and irrigation systems are currently popping across the goldening landscape...a far cry from last month’s “inondations”. The 1st July Somme commemorations are due to be the hottest for many a year. We will be at Lochnagar Crater at 07.28hrs on the 1st July to mark the 102nd anniversary of the start of The Battle of The Somme.
As always there has been plenty going on here at No.fifty6 with guests, activities and the odd curve ball to keep us on our toes (and we don’t mean the World Cup).

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Capricious May - News From No.fifty6

Posted on 31st May 2018 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Capricious May -  News From No.fifty6 Capricious May. Oh how changeable this month has been. Record May temperatures, torrential rain, a week of storms and then to end the month blue skies and perfect exploring weather, but another storm brewing. Nothing has deterred us or our trusty guests who are now seeing the landscape in all its late Spring glory. On Monday night we had the most amazing electrical storm right over us with lashing wind and rain. The lightning lit up the sky for about 2 hours. Luckily no damage at No.fifty6 but some roads have seen mud rivers and Grevillers Military Cemetery, Mesnil Communal Extension Cemetery and Bouchoir Cemetery have had some flood damage which the CWGC will soon put right.

This month there has been plenty to keep us busy with even a spot in the recording studio for David…

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