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January - A New Year Dawns at No.fifty6

Posted on 31st January 2019 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

January - A New Year Dawns at No.fifty6 January…we certainly know winter is here. Two separate episodes of thick snow this month have kept us on our toes. The snow, while disruptive, brings a breathtaking beauty to our landscape and winter walks take on a new perspective. We have been kept busy this month because as always, despite the quiet winter months, there is always something going on here. Sadly, to end the month, we have some sad news about one of our animal menagerie.

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Happy New Year from No.fifty6 As We Welcome 2019

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

Happy New Year from No.fifty6 As We Welcome 2019 As the dawn of a New Year breaks we would like to thank everyone who sent us cards and festive messages and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We spent a few days over Christmas in England with family and we are now back on The Somme ready for some rest and relaxation and make plans for 2019. The weather is damp and relatively mild but we know January can bring its winter blasts! . Regardless of the weather we get a chance in the winter to go out, dust away the cobwebs and visit places we don’t get time to explore in the summer.
2019 we hope promises good things. The renovated bathrooms are nearly finished, we know we have lovely people booked in to stay with us throughout the year as they make their own pilgrimages to this special place and we have a new arrival at No.fifty6… And as you know there is always something going on here…

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As The Guns Fell Silent...November News from no.fifty6

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

As The Guns Fell Silent...November News from no.fifty6 November – Another historic month at No.fifty6. We have commemorated the Centenary of The Armistice in many ways. We have continued to have a variety of interesting guests cross our doorstep with many a story to tell. We have held a workshop in French on British Christmas traditions, we have started some new works and of course our animals have raised a smile or two. The weather has been varied from wet and windy to mild and grey, with some dry sunny days. Never a dull moment here.

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Autumn is Here – October News from No.fifty6

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

Autumn is Here – October News from No.fifty6 October – The first 3 weeks of October saw glorious Autumn weather with warm days and blue skies. Now, there is a definite chill in the air here. Still mainly dry but we have had our first frost and the wild birds are busy at the bird feeders. As always, there has been plenty going on here - our guests have continued to bring their stories and make their individual pilgrimages in this extraordinary area. We have won awards, we prepare for Armistice and we even drank unique Dutch liquor!October – The first 3 weeks of October saw glorious Autumn weather with warm days and blue skies. Now, there is a definite chill in the air here. Still mainly dry but we have had our first frost and the wild birds are busy at the bird feeders. As always, there has been plenty going on here - our guests have continued to bring their stories and make their individual pilgrimages in this extraordinary area. We have won awards, we prepare for Armistice and we even drank unique Dutch liquor!

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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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