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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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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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