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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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May News from No.fifty6 on The Somme

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

May News from No.fifty6 on The Somme After April chills May has been hot, hot, hot and dry! The fields are looking wonderful with the grain and vegetable crops beginning to grow as the rapeseed comes to an end but it is very dry and irrigation kit is springing up around the fields we love. It has been a topsy-turvy month here at No.fifty6 with some great things going on but also some sad news about 2 of our lovely chickens, who have gone over the rainbow bridge.

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Anzacs, Bunnies, Choirs... an ABC of News from the Somme

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

Anzacs, Bunnies, Choirs... an ABC of News from the Somme A return to the chills of winter in April, with chilly nights and mornings but very little rain, so still perfect for exploring The Somme. There has been a lot going on this month, and there is always a story to be told here of personal pilgrimages, Anzac Day, new museums, Lochnagar and our expanding menagerie…

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Spring Has Sprung, March News from no.fifty6

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

Spring Has Sprung, March News from no.fifty6 Spring is here, both officially and as heralded by the weather. The days are warming up, the sun has on occasion flexed its rays and green shoots cover many of the fields and daffodils bob their spring heads. Yes, there is rain sometimes too, but more showery now. As always there has been plenty going on here on The Somme, but somehow things always feel a little easier in spring sunshine. This month we have some sad news to report as well as news of new arrivals at No.fifty6.

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February News - Somme Pilgrimages, Memorials, Teddies and More...

Posted on 28th February 2017 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

February News - Somme Pilgrimages, Memorials, Teddies and More... February…changeable weather, first guests of the year, more stories to be told, more history to uncover, AWOL teddies… Some days it has felt like spring is nearly here and the daffodils in the front are about to burst into sunshine yellow, the next we have been battered by Doris and chilled by an east wind. One thing is for certain; life is never dull at No.fifty6...

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