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October News from The Somme

Posted on 31st October 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

October News from The Somme October – One of our favourite months with a certain lady at No.fifty6 having an October birthday - and we cannot believe the weather this month. Warm, sunny days for most of October with many guests making the most of the last sunshine, exploring then sitting in the garden with afternoon drinks. And as always, there has been plenty to keep us on our toes this month. Thank you to those who comment on the blog, send us emails, photos etc. We never thought when we started No.fifty6 we would meet so many wonderful people who have enriched our lives in countless ways. 1st November in France is Toussaint - All Saints Day - the day families remember the dead and civilian cemeteries are filled with pretty flowers. It is a holiday here, so Bonne Fete!

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September News from No.fifty6 Goodbyes, Bears and Remembrance

Posted on 30th September 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

September News from No.fifty6 Goodbyes, Bears and Remembrance September – at the crossroads between summer and autumn, a month of beauty, changing weather, stories which enthrall us but overall tinged with a sadness this month as we say au revoir to one of our village’s most loved inhabitants.

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August News from No.fifty6 - Not forgotten, Art, Airshows and Renos

Posted on 31st August 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

August News from No.fifty6 - Not forgotten, Art, Airshows and Renos August is always a strange month in France. It is time of “Les Vacances” when most French families take their holidays. Businesses shut down, including hotels and restaurants, things are quieter. It is also a time when we welcome families to The Somme as the UK schools are on holiday too. At times it seems only the farmers are working…crops brought in, hay bales rolled, ground prepared for the next seeding. The constant cycle of agriculture. This month too has been hot and dry, with a mini heatwave ending in a storm to end the month. However, we have not been quiet, there is plenty to report from No.fifty6 and there is never a dull moment here.

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Commemorations, Animal Remembrance and Personal Pilgrimages - July News

Posted on 31st July 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Commemorations, Animal Remembrance and Personal Pilgrimages - July News We started this month commemorating the 101st year since The Battle of The Somme and we end the month reflecting on the Centenary of The 3rd Battle of Ypres. Both sets of commemorations had remembrance at their core and a longing to make sure the story of those who gave so much is not forgotten by the modern world. Have we learned anything from war? The world is still a place of conflict, negativity and terror at times, but we also live in a world full of natural beauty, kindness and generosity of spirit. We all need to strive to make the world a better place.

July weather has been mixed, some heavy rain but mainly warm days and perfect exploring weather. The fields are now full of harvesters as the farmers work around the clock to bring in the crops before the next rains. We stop and stare at this once war ravaged landscape now so beautiful with hay bails, birds and peace.

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June News From No.fifty6 - Pilgrimages, Heatwaves, Renovations and Animals

Posted on 30th June 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

June News From No.fifty6 - Pilgrimages, Heatwaves, Renovations and Animals As you read this, the commemorations which mark the 101st year since the commencement of the Battle of The Somme will be taking place. Today ceremonies will be held across the Somme from Lochnagar to Fricourt German Cemetery and many other locations across the Somme. We will take a moment of quiet reflection to think about the events here 101 years ago and the shadow those events still cast all these years later.

June has been hot – heatwave time and the fields are dry and bronzed. The farmers shake their heads at the lack of rain (unusual here) and irrigation pipes are springing up across the fields. As always the different weather brings a different beauty to the beautiful part of France we are lucky enough to call home.

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